'We Wanted to Create an Opportunity for Intercampus Teams to Engage in Promising Studies'
HSE University has announced the winners of the Project Competition in Basic Science Research for Intercampus Departments. The competition, which the university is organising for the first time, will provide funding to 10 research teams working on five topics. Four of the winning projects will be implemented by new research departments formed as a result of the competition.
The main objectives of the competition were to encourage new research teams and to enhance intercampus cooperation in basic science at HSE University.
'We wanted to encourage and support joint research teams at HSE and to create an opportunity for intercampus teams to engage in promising studies,' says Marina Litvintseva, Director for Advanced Research and Chair of the Competition Committee. 'We are glad that the competition attracted so much interest and active participation from all campuses. All applications were of a high quality—I wish all of them could have been awarded.'
Applications were accepted from August 8 to October 15, 2022. A total of 16 joint applications were submitted by research teams from different HSE campuses.
'The idea of this intercampus project competition is simply amazing. I am happy for each winning application,' says Elena Shadrina, Deputy Director of HSE University-Perm. 'Working on campus, one is keenly aware of the challenge of being part of HSE's research agenda and getting new research projects funded. We welcome this competition as a tool that allows existing research teams to establish themselves by setting up new research departments and working in close collaboration with partners at other campuses. This is critically important for the campuses.'
Research teams at HSE-St Petersburg were particularly active, submitting as many as 12 joint applications.
'The high scientific quality of applications, the teams' motivation, and the way selection was organised during the competition all left a wonderful impression,' says Alexander Balyshev, HSE Senior Director for Basic Research. 'It appears that the competition has helped the participants to substantially improve inter-team communication, to take a fresh look at current challenges, and to agree on common priorities. It is particularly rewarding that all HSE University campuses will host the new winning projects.'
The Winning Projects
'The Development of Analytical and Numerical Methods for the Study of Multidimensional Dynamical Systems'. A joint application by the International Laboratory of Dynamical Systems and Applications, HSE University-Nizhny Novgorod (project manager Alexey Kazakov), and a research team led by Maria Belova (HSE Moscow).
'Neuroanatomic Correlates of Language'. A joint application by the Centre for Language and Brain, HSE University-Moscow (project manager Olga Dragoy), and the Centre for Language and Brain, HSE University-Nizhny Novgorod (project manager Maria Khudyakova).
'Research and Development of Methods for Multiple Access and Noise-resistant Coding for Energy-efficient Data Transmission in IoT Systems'. A joint application by the Laboratory of the Internet of Things and Cyber-physical Systems, MIEM, HSE University-Moscow (project manager Evgenii Kruk), and a research team led by Andrey Tyurlikov, HSE University-St Petersburg.
'Text as Big Data: Using Digital Methods to Model Convergent Processes in Language and Speech'. A joint project of the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory, HSE University-Moscow (project manager George Moroz), and a research team led by Tatiana Sherstinova, HSE University-St Petersburg.
'The Neuroeconomics of Consumer Behaviour: Neuronal Correlates and Behavioural Factors'. A joint project of the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, HSE University-Moscow (project manager Oksana Zinchenko), and a research team led by Sofia Kulikova, HSE University-Perm.
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