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HSE University Launches Third Mirror Laboratories Competition

HSE University Launches Third Mirror Laboratories Competition

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The competition is open to HSE University research units planning to conduct joint projects with academic institutions, research organisations and state academic centres of the Russian Federation. Applications are open until May 20, 2022.

The competition aims to promote Russian research collaborations, increase the effectiveness of cooperation in research and education, and support joint research projects implemented by HSE University research institutions together with their colleagues from other Russian regions (except Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, and Perm).

While implementing a ‘mirror project’, HSE University and its partner organisation join their research resources: providing each other with necessary access to equipment and data, exchanging methods and scientific results, conducting training seminars, and organising staff internships. Research is carried out by a joint project team with a particular focus on involving young researchers, students and doctoral students.

The application period is open until May 20, 2022. The list of projects admitted to the competition will be posted on the HSE website. In June, the applicants will present their projects at a meeting of the competition committee, and the results will be announced on July 8. The list of winners will be posted on July 14.

Each winning project will be allocated up to 4 million roubles in funding annually, provided that the partner allocates funding on a parity basis. The project implementation period will be three years, after which experts will assess projects’ effectiveness in terms of achieving approved indicators and fulfilling project research plans. Projects may be extended based on the results of expert assessment.

Marina Litvintseva, Director for International Research

The previous two years of the Mirror Lab Project have shown that the format aimed at developing Russian research partnerships is in demand. Promising research projects get support, and research cooperation is made more effective by combining intellectual capital and scientific infrastructure. The relevance of this year’s competition is also determined by the fact that it aims to support research related to strategic projects stipulated in the HSE University Development Programme until 2030.

Applications are accepted via email: concurs_labs@hse.ru. For more information about the application requirements, please see the webpage (in Russian).

Webinars concerning the preparation and submission of applications for the Mirror Lab Project Competition will be held (in Russian) in April and May 2022. The first webinar will be held on April 5 at 10:00 Moscow time. You can register by following the link until 17:00 on April 4.

For more information about the implementation of winning projects in 2020 and 2021, please see the webpage (in Russian).

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