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MOSCOW, December 18. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian authorities will increase expenditure for science and will support large-scale research and development activities, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday at a ceremony marking the presentation of certificates and honorary badges to the winners of the annual Government Prize in the field of science and technology.
“Even though there are certain difficulties in the today’s economy […], we will increase expenditure for science in general and we will continue largely supporting research and development activities,” Medvedev said.
He recalled that a whole range of new science and technology programmes had been approved lately, including a large-scale government programme to develop science and technology until 2020.
“This is medium-term planning, which means that despite some economic problems, we are looking forward and believe that we are able to plan government expenditure for science and research activities for this period,” he added.
Medvedev said that programme budgeting will be raised from 145 million roubles in 2013 to 170 billion roubles in 2015 and more than 250 billion roubles by 2020.
“It is clear that spending on science, technology development and joint science education projects is in fact much more than these figures, since it forms the basis of all consolidated expenditures in our country for science and education,” he said. “And these are already trillions of roubles.”
Medvedev stressed that all these financial resources should produce an effect.
“The effect can be achieved only in the event that there is a well established mechanism supported by the government, naturally, and that there are new solutions created as well as new developments and scientific discoveries made,” he said.
The prime minister expressed hope that the Russian Scientific Centre which is being created at the moment would facilitate the process, and that scientists would actively co-operate with this foundation.
“I hope that money will be invested not only in businesses but also in research,” he added. “Up-to-date representatives of the business class should understand it.”
Medvedev explained that in order to resolve all these issues it was necessary to establish some new forms of organization, including innovation clusters.