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There, behind the horizon

There, behind the horizon

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There, behind the horizon

‘The Union State scientific and technical cooperation is much more active than in other interstate formations of the former Soviet Union,’ - Alexander Shumilin, Chairman of the SCST, said. ‘70-80 percent of the Union budget is spent for this. About fifty collaborative research programs have been completed, and eight ones are underway.

The commission considered promising themes of the joint scientific and technological research. The concept of two new Federal programs was approved before to consideration by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Union State, the meeting of which is scheduled for December 13th. The preliminary results of the projects have been assessed under the commercial point of view, which are being completed this year or next, respectively. A dozen of themes have passed the preliminary review.’

‘We have no shortage of ideas and proposals,’ Chief of the Staff of National Academy of Sciences Academician told to SOYUZ. ‘They concern the additive technologies, industry, science and education. It is necessary to discuss and decide what Belarus and Russia need, because the addition of interests gives a reciprocal effect. It opens the international market.’

The colleague was supported by Grigory Trubnikov, First Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Court of Russia:

‘There are projects related to medicine, agriculture, exploration and high technologies. They must have a particular product as a result. The personnel also should have a new way, from the student to the doctoral student. Therefore, we involve leading institutions of higher education of Russia and Belarus: BSU, MSU, MEPI ...’

Union program must pass the approval in the departments within six months.

It is very important to improve the mechanism of selection of Federal programs to reduce the time they pass through the court from two years to six months. Incidentally, this rate is fixed by the Council of Ministers of the Union State.

‘I believe that we need to determine a main mechanism of the new selection of Federal programs,’ Alexey Kubrin, Deputy State Secretary of the Union State, stressed the issue. ‘We are building a list of main areas of research, but there is no approved mechanism of this formation. There should be a justification: should we, for example, include one or another subject in the list? And this requires an expert group ...’

Piotr Vityaz also proposes to establish a board on the examination of the Federal program. It is proposed to endow the Belarusian-Russian Interacademy Council with a relevant authority. By the way, the proposal is not new. Perhaps, the Commission on the creation of a unified scientific and technological space will give it a new impetus. After all, great hopes are put on this structure created by the decision of the Council of Ministers of the Union State only in 2017.

Noting the importance of the building elements of expertise, the forecasting, the selection of priority research areas taking into account the global scientific and technological landscape, Grigory Trubnikov drew attention to the issue of intellectual property. It is important who will manage the capital created during the execution of Federal programs and how. Commission members reviewed the proposal for the establishment of a special body for the development of the order of the management of the results of intellectual activity within the Union State program in detail.

Another issue considered by the Commission, concerns the Union State Award in the field of science and technology. The proposal is approved and submitted to the next meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Union State.

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