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					Skoltech Call for Proposals
      November 26, 2012

      Dr. Ivan V. Sherstov
 Director of Research, Skoltech
         Presentation Outline
• Introduction: Skoltech Overview
• CREI, Centers for Research, Education and
  Innovation, concept
• Skoltech Research strategy directions
• Call for proposals and Key dates
• Proposal Evaluation Criteria
• Web page, links and e-mail for questions
               Skoltech at a Glance
• A unique Russian institution in an international
• By the end of the decade build a community of 200
  faculty (with a target of at least 60% international,
  incl. diaspora), 300 post-docs, 1200 graduate
• Polarized around science, engineering and
• Addressing problems and issues in IT, Energy,
  Biomedicine, Space and Nuclear
• With strong programs in support of innovation and
• On a new campus, to be build in Skolkovo
• An important part of the Skolkovo innovation
            Skoltech’s Mission
• To have educational, scholarly and economic impact
  in the Russian Federation and around the world;
• By educating leading graduate students and
  conducting research programs to address key
  challenges in science, technology, engineering and
• Using a fusion of exceptional talent in a new
  university at Skolkovo.
Functional Structure of Skoltech
Skoltech Globally Distributed Campus

                                                                     Main Campus

Skoltech will begin functioning as a distributed university with a
global campus. Later, the university will transform to a Moscow
centric operation while maintaining research collaboration
within its global campus.
Skoltech Globally Distributed Campus
            2015 (Vision)

                                                                     Main Campus

Skoltech will begin functioning as a distributed university with a
global campus. Later, the university will transform to a Moscow
centric operation while maintaining research collaboration
within its global campus.
           Skoltech 2020
Hub for Global Research Collaboration

                                                                     Main Campus

Skoltech will begin functioning as a distributed university with a
global campus. Later, the university will transform to a Moscow
centric operation while maintaining research collaboration
within its global campus.
                                                                     Research Programs
                                     Goal: Create research programs to address pressing needs of members of society and
                                           society as a whole, which build upon fundamental science and technology, yet
                                           are guided by a consideration of innovation

                                     Strategy: Create at least 15 Centers for Research, Education and Innovation (CREI):
                                          – International collaborative efforts partnering Skoltech with both international
                                             and Russian institutes (Universities and RAS)
                                          – Concentrated excellence in one of the 5 strategic themes, solving real
                                             problems in IT, Energy, Biomedicine, Space and Nuclear
                                          – Build capacity at Skoltech and attract top talent
                                          – Integrate education and accelerate innovation
Level of fundamental understanding

                                                                          Each center funded
                                                                          at 6-12 MUSD/year

                                       Consideration of innovation
              Skoltech Research Vision
• The Five Research Areas                                                                   Russian Needs
     –   Fuzzy boundaries, overlapping, and interacting
     –   Interdisciplinary nature with their own complex

                                                                                                          Information Science &
         research agenda

                                                                Biomedical Science &

                                                                                                                                                    Nuclear Science &
                                                                                       Energy Science &
         Cross-cutting research themes

                                                                                                                                  Space Science &





            • E.g., advanced materials, computational and
               data-intensive science and engineering, human
               engineering and cognition.
     –   Dynamic and reconfigurable as new problem domains
• Cross-cutting foundation for 21st century research,
  education, & innovation
     –   Research capacity established using CREIs
                                                                            Entrepreneurship & Innovation
     –   Entrepreneurship and Innovation tied in to all areas
     –   Basic science and engineering underlying research
     –   Mutually driven research agendas create synergy                    Cross cutting research themes
• Research infrastructure supporting all
     –   21st century research infrastructure for                                 Basic Science & Engineering
         interdisciplinarity, collaboration with other
         institutions, economic development

                                                                                            Russian Strengths
Summary of High Priority Investments
•    Biomedicine:                                    •   IT:
      – Computational and systems                         – Machine learning and AI
        biology                                           – Advanced computing systems
      – Immunology and infectious disease
                                                          – Big Data
      – Gene- and nano-medicine
      – Regenerative medicine                             – Electronics materials and
•    Energy:
                                                          – Quantum physics/technology
      – Hydrocarbon fuel production and
        transportation                               •   Space:
      – Hydrocarbon processing                            – Supporting humans in long
      – Electrical power systems                            term space exploration
        generation and distribution                       – Small satellites
      – Electrical energy storage                         – Utilization of space data
•    Nuclear:                                        •   Cross-cutting:
      – Nuclear energy safety
                                                          – Advanced materials
      – Materials for extreme
        environments                                      – Computational and data-
      – Non-energy applications                             intensive science & engineering
                                                          – Human engineering and
    * Topics in italics are under negotiations              cognition
Key dates

• White Paper

• Full Proposal

• Negotiations
WP Stage

• 5 page proposal + bio (2 pages for 2 PIs and up
  to 10 co-Invs from both side) and simple
• 30 Nov deadline, website:
• Remote peer review using published criteria
• Recommendation to invite for full proposal
FP Stage

• 20 pages, detailed budget, bios
• March 29 deadline, website:
•   Remote peer review based on criteria
•   Selected onsite presentations and Q/A
•   Recommendation for the board
•   Board decision after 13 May 2013
•   Negotiations
•   Establish
                   Evaluation criteria

•   Significance and potential impact
•   Investigators
•   Approach
•   Environment
•   Innovation
•   Education
•   Impact on Russia
•   Impact on Skoltech
Significance and potential impact

 • Is the problem addressed by the proposal one of great
   significance to one or more of the target fields?
 • Does the CREI address an important problem or a critical barrier
   to progress in the field of the Center?
 • Does it redefine the boundaries of the disciplines in the research
 • Are the potential benefits sufficiently large to justify the level of
   investment in the Center?
 • Are the faculty, collaborators, and other researchers well suited to the
   proposed research?
 • Do the investigators have complementary and integrated expertise?
 • Is the proposed leadership approach, governance and organizational
   structure appropriate for the Center?
 • Do the investigators have a strong intellectual property portfolio and/or
   a history of support for innovation?

 • Does the team have a successful track record of working together?
  • Does the approach proposed encompass fundamental and applied
    research guided by a consideration of use?
  • Can it be characterized as “use-inspired basic research”?
  • Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for
    success presented?
  • Does the research proposal challenge and shift current approaches to
    major problems?
  • Does the proposed research utilize novel theoretical concepts,
    approaches or methodologies, or instrumentation?

 • Will the scientific environment in which the work will be done
   contribute to the probability of success?
 • Are the institutional support, equipment and other physical
   resources available to the investigators adequate for the proposed
 • Will the Center benefit from unique features of the scientific
   environment, subject populations, or collaborative arrangements,
   including those for engagement within the larger Skolkovo

  • Is it likely that the proposed research, results, and solutions can be
    translated out of the laboratory for broad application?
  • How does the proposed Center help promote a culture of
  • Is there an educational component or mechanism in support of
  • Is there support from industry and other stakeholders, and are
    there mechanisms to engage them with the CREI?

 • How does the proposed Center develop new educational curricula,
   materials and pedagogy?
 • How can these new educational materials impact education at the
   proposing participants?
Review features of CFP 2

 • International scientific reviewers peer review only “scientific” criteria 1-
   6: Significance and potential impact, Investigators, Approach,
   Environment, Innovation, Education

 • Review on Impact on Russia, Impact on Skoltech and Overall Impact is
   done by Skoltech
               Round 1 statistics
•   129 white paper submissions
•   360 universities and research institutions
•   Over 20 countries
•   13 white papers selected for full proposal status
•   73 total expert reviewers from Russia, North
    America, Europe and Israel

• 3 CREIs is negotiated (2 Biomed and 1 Energy)
  and ready to sign
White paper submission   Visit

                                                      management system
                                                      is opened on Nov 1
           Some helpful notes
• Make sure lead PI is the submitting person
• Clearly state why you believe your center is
  squarely in “Pasteur’s Quadrant”
• Proposals that had a “mission” did better with
  reviewers than proposals that wanted to do
• Make a case for why your center is greater
  than the sum of its parts
  Write clear whitepapers and proposals
   – Don’t blame reviewers if they do not understand your paper!

Reviewers will know your field well but maybe not your niche.
   – Test your proposal on colleagues from same department but not your
     own group!

  If you are stating that your work is good for fields “B” and
  “C”, be prepared that experts in those field review your

   Use the feedback you get from your whitepapers
 Web links, contact information, etc…
• Web links:
   – Evaluation criteria
   – Skolkovo Tech vision 2030
   – Application webpage

• Contacts:
   – Anna Voronova, Acting Director of Research, SkTech/MIT
   – Ivan V. Sherstov, Director of Research, Skolkovo Tech
What to do if we have no counterpart?
• Planning Grant (in the past it was $30k)
  – Separate application process (starts on Nov 30)
  – Same webpage and templates as for the White
    Paper (
  – Due date Dec 15
  – Decision will be made according the Skoltech
    Research Vision
Do not wait till the last minute to upload your work
– Check you uploaded the right documents by the deadline

Check the website before calling
– usually the answer is there.

You do not need personal relation, contact, or confirmation from the
  Skoltech research team.
– we are facilitators, not reviewers.

Having your VIP friends to call us does not help your proposal

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