Support of young people in science in the period under review was characterized by two different processes. On the one hand, the amount of government grants was increased (grants of the RF President were increased 4 times!) for the young scientists, while reducing their total number. However, payments of monetary assets have been greatly delayed and started only in autumn, i.e., the youth programs were also characterized by force majeure conditions of national budget financing. On the other hand, young people did not have more opportunities to stay in science for a long time. Thus, the end of the pilot project in the RAS, resulting in the reduction of 20% of jobs, has not led to the release of seats for young scientists. For social reasons, many scientists of retirement age were not transferred to part-time or temporary contracts, but retained their jobs. As a result, the number of the young scientists, annually employed in the institutions of RAS has decreased from 1,012 persons in 2005 to 630 in 20081.
RAS Management is planning to implement a new approach that could lead to an increase of the share of young scientists. Actually it means the annual reduction of the number of employees of RAS institutions by 3-4%, and providing the released jobs to the youth candidates2.
Table Researchers Age Structure Dynamics, % 60 years old and Year Under 29 years old 30–39 years old 40–49 years old 50–59 years old Total older 2000 10.6 15.6 26.1 26.9 20.8 2002 13.5 13.8 23.9 27.0 21.8 2004 15.3 13.0 21.9 27.8 22.0 2006 17.0 13.1 19.0 27.8 22.1 2008 17.6 14.2 16.7 26.3 25.2 Sources: Science in Russia. Statistical handbook. Moscow: HSE, 2005. P.35; Science Indicators: 2007. Statistical handbook. Moscow: HSE, 2007. S. 63; Science Russia in Figures: 2008. Statistical handbook. Moscow:
CSRS, 2008. P. 17.
Position of Sciences is also in the fact that the scientific foundations, Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) and Russian Humanities Research Fund (RFH) - could provide more funds to the young people, in particular, funding temporary positions in the institutions.
Taking into account the fact that the budgets of research funds are many times less than the Poisk. No. 21. May 22, 2009. P. 4.
In the phase of activation. Young Scientists RAS are alerted. Poisk. No.47. November 20, 2009. P. 9.
Section Social Sphere RAS budget, one should have formulated the problem in another way: to expand the system RAS "program for post-graduates," according to which there would be allocated surplus rates for young scientists. Meanwhile, in the framework of this program there were opened only positions1 only for the core staff of the RAS.
It should be noted that in 2009 there were new factors, contributing to the outflow of young people from science. Russia joined the Bologna process, exchange programs were expanded, which inspired the outflow of students from the country, rather than the circulation of personnel. Unexpectedly, a negative impact on the staffing situation in science and innovation was provided by the activities of public corporations. The State Corporations (Rosatom, RUSNANO) attract the most active graduates and post-graduates, offering them much higher salaries as compared with academic institutions or small innovative enterprises. Therefore, the scope of scientific innovation began to suffer not as much as only from insufficient inflow of the young staff, as from the low-quality human resources. And here there is not only the impact of the outflow of the active staff outflow to the corporations capable to the departure abroad, but also a general weakening of school education, a decline in training in several disciplines, especially natural science.
In regard to the incentives to the circulation of personnel and increased interaction with fellow countrymen one could note the beginning of implementation in 2009 of the Subprogram "Research performed by scientific teams under the guidance of visiting researchers”, aimed at mobilizing Russian scientists working abroad. This is a part of the Federal Target Program "Research and scientific-pedagogical staff of innovative Russia for 2009-2013". The Subprogram is providing funding for projects that are implemented by Russia's scientific teams on a competitive basis under the guidance of famous Russian scientists working abroad. Each year, approximately 100 two-year research projects will be selected, funding for which is 2 million rubles per year. Herewith, the Project Manager will spend two calendar months of the year in Russia. The objectives of this subprogram are: development of a sustainable and effective cooperation with the Russian scientists working abroad on a permanent and temporary basis, their involvement in the Russian science and education, implementation of their experience, skills and knowledge for the development of national systems of science, education and high technology.
As of 2009 results, it is decided to finance 110 projects, which are carried out in 84 Russian organizations. The distribution of project managers by countries has little difference from the projects of other tenders (in parameters): 60% - are scientists from the USA, Germany and France. This foreign scientists are quite respectable and, as a rule, keep permanent positions:
33% are professors, 25% are the Heads of Divisions, Departments and Laboratories. 52% of Project Managers have the second (Russian) citizenship. Thus, half of the participants have no visa problems, which facilitates the development of cooperation.
In 2010 it is planned to start another program on attracting foreign scientists, not only representatives of the Russian Diaspora, the idea of which is to finance the best foreign scientists willing to come to work to the Russian universities to carry out their research projects. Herewith, the application should be filed by the Russian university, which undertakes to create the best conditions for the foreign specialist in the project, in the framework of the tender there (or the same.) In the Phase of Activation. Young Scientists RAS are alerted// Poisk. No. 47. November 20, 2009. P. 9.
RUSSIAN ECONOMY IN trends and outlooks will be evaluated as the scientists themselves (by the number of publications and citations), as the application for funding prepared by them with the university. Experts should be both, Russian and authoritative foreign scientists, and the final decision will be made by a specially created committee, whose membership is approved by the Government. For the realization of this program it is expected to allocate about 12 billion rubles for 3 years (2010-2012).1 Apparently, in the development of this program it was taken into account the available experience in the support of joint projects (for example, in the adjustments of evaluation criteria in regard to the invited specialists, as well as procedures for project assessment). Attention is drawn to the fact that the program would be applicable only to universities and foreign scientists wishing to work in any of the institutions of RAS, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences or scientific research institutes, will not be able to do so. Thus, the program clearly demonstrates the Government's commitment to supporting it is high school science.
In connection with the unfolding activities to attract the Russian diaspora, it is important to assess to what extent the scientists who left the country are ready for cooperation, in what forms, in their view, such cooperation should take place, as well as whether - and under what conditions - the return of those who left.
Exhaustive and unambiguous answers to the set up questions can not be obtained, because the scientific diaspora is very diverse. Intentions and estimates depend on age, the time of departure, the field of science. Nevertheless, some idea of what opinions of scientists who left the country on cooperation with Russia, what forms of cooperation are most attractive to them, can give the in-depth interviews with the members of Russia scientific diaspora. The information presented below is the result obtained on the basis of personal interviews of the author of this section with the Russian scientists working abroad, held in November 2008 and again in May 2009 in the U.S.Results of interviews indicate that in Russia attracts the diaspora representatives by an opportunity of communication, including friends and relatives, while other countries attract and retain basically in terms of social arrangement, and science as its integral part.
Unanimous negative assessments were given on two aspects - the organization of science in Russia and Russian state of society in general. Poor resource base, as well as low wages in the science, were mentioned not as often as the problem of its organization and the state of the Russian society in general. Bureaucratization of academic life is the factor that significantly reduces the optimism about the prospects of cooperation with representatives of the scientific diaspora. The level of bureaucracy for filing applications for project lots, procedures for generating tender documentation and reporting is so high that for the scientists working abroad, where the application for funding can be justified quite briefly and clearly, have no sufficient motivation to participate in the Russian tenders. Moreover, the understanding of the emigrants of bureaucracy and inflexibility of the scientific system in Russia is even incomplete in comparison with what actually expects them in connection with a possible visit to Russia for a short, or even more so for the long term of work. And these are serious problems, in particular, in connection with the peculiarities of the projects financed from national budget funds, with the is Yu.Medvedev. Attractive million. Will the best scientists of the world go to the Russian universities//Rossiyskaya Gazeta. February 3, 2010. http://www.rg.ru/2010/02/03/nauka.html In-depth interviews were attended by scientists of natural sciences: physics, geologists, chemists, material experts, working in national laboratories in the U.S.. All respondents are men in the age from 35 to 60 years old..
Section Social Sphere sues of integration in the existing hierarchical structure of the institutes and universities, with adaptation to the peculiarities of research management, etc.
At the same time, there are most powerful factors of attraction overseas - the system of social organization, children who grow up in another country and gradually forgetting the Russian language, the work to enjoy and very well paid. However, virtually any emigrant keeps up relations with Russia on an individual level, but all official cooperation is far more rare, and only few experts are involved in the Russian science.
The most common form of cooperation are joint projects, including with those experts who temporarily come to work to the United States and other countries. It is gradually beginning to develop such kind of interaction, as the expertise of projects under the order of the Russian entities (primarily RUSNANO), as well as foreign funds that have a program of support for the Russian science.
For Russian scientists living abroad, the most attractive in decreasing order of frequency of mentioning are the following forms of cooperation with Russia:
- trips to Russia for consultations and participation in conferences. This allows to combine specific research interests with an opportunity to visit the motherland;
- expertise (of scientific projects, public programs and plans, projects at the regional level), reviewing articles;
- joint projects with parallel performance thereof in Russia and abroad;
- lectures in the Russian universities;
- establishment of joint structures - departments in universities, laboratories in research institutions;
- arrival of Russian students in foreign laboratories in order to enable them to gain experience with modern equipment and an idea how differently can the science be organized.
The most popular are consulting and expertise. In the support of these activities there were cited arguments such as knowledge of immigrants of different systems (including Russian one), with all their strengths and shortcomings, and skills to work in those systems, as well as personal relations and direct contacts. However, gradually there develops such trend as the establishment of joint structures or the involvement of Russia in the advanced centers of leading scientists from the Russian diaspora. Under this scheme there was established a new Research and Education Center "Bionanophysics" based on Moscow Physics-Technical Institute (MPTI).
More than 30 former Russian scientists agreed to take part in its activities. The concept of the center implies that each of its laboratories will work in close cooperation with foreign scientific institutions - leaders in their fields1. The remuneration for the young scientists is funded in the center at the expense of the Sub-program of support for the scientific and educational centers of the Federal Program "Scientific and scientific-pedagogical cadres of innovative Russia for 2009-2013", and the purchase of equipment is planned from the funds, transferred by MPTI upon the receipt of the status of a research university. A similar center, operates for several years on the basis of the Nizhny Novgorod State University,2 but still, for the scale of Russia, this is a minimum.
They don’t let the stars to work / / Expert. No. 44. November 16, 2009.
See fro details: Russian economy in 2007. Trends and Prospects. Issue 29. Moscow: IET, 2008. p. 445-446..
RUSSIAN ECONOMY IN trends and outlooks In general, from the survey of the opinions of scientists living in Russia and abroad, we can conclude that both parties have incentives for cooperation and interaction on a rather pragmatic basis.
The success of government initiatives to attract foreign scientists and tutors will largely depend on the extent to which the bureaucratic barriers to cooperation will be removed. Thus, currently a contract with the foreign experts, invited to Russia by universities as professors can be concluded only for one year. Therefore, foreign scientists have annualy to undergo the procedure of dismissal and then reemployment, what takes time and makes the overall situation unstable.
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