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No reduction in Advanced Research Foundation effectiveness expected despite funding cuts

March 23, 2015, 12:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The foundation's funding cuts will lead to the extension of deadlines of some projects but it won't tell on their effectiveness, the foundation’s deputy director general says

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MOSCOW, March 23. /TASS/. Possible cuts in funding of Russia’s Advanced Research Foundation (ARF) will lead to a shift in the deadlines of a number of projects but won’t entail a substantial reduction in its effectiveness, the foundation’s deputy director general has said.

The ARF is under the same conditions as other publicly-funded organizations, so the expected ten-percent reduction will affect the foundation as well, said Vitaly Davydov, who heads ARF’s Scientific and Technical Council.

"This will lead to the extension of deadlines of individual projects, which are currently in progress, and will also shift right the beginning of new ones. On the other hand, we don’t expect a substantial reduction in the Foundation’s operating efficiency and effectiveness of its research," Davydov said.

The Advanced Research Foundation founded in the autumn of 2012 is often unofficially referred to as a counterpart of the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DAPRA).

The Russian government was to allocate 4,5 billion rubles to the Advanced Research Foundation this year, which is one billion more than last year.

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