MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. More than 280 new laboratories have been opened at research institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences since 2018, the new labs will get financing this week, Minister of Science and Higher Education Mikhail Kotyukov told a session of the Federation Council upper house of the Russian parliament on Monday.
"We have coordinated with the Russian Finance Ministry the amount of the budget, the means will be allocated from the reserve fund of the government, and will be transferred to the institutes as early as this week," the minister said. "Our universities will join the program at the next stage," he added.
The number of research workers will grow in the sector of science, he stressed. The ministry’s press service said the new labs had been opened in all federal districts. In particular, 18 new laboratories have opened in the Far Eastern Federal District, 11 - in the North Caucasian Federal District, 80 - in the Siberian Federal District and 41 labs have appeared in the Urals Federal District.
They will make research on such trajectories as material physics, quantum optics, laser physics, astrophysics, space systems and technologies, superconductivity, climate and biosphere, biotechnologies among others.
The key areas of the country's strategic development were established by the May 7, 2018, presidential decree. The document identified twelve priority areas - Digital Economy, Ecology, Labor Productivity and Employment Support, International Cooperation and Export, Education, Culture, Small and Medium Entrepreneurship and Support for Entrepreneurial Initiative, Healthcare, Demography, Safe and High-Quality Roads, Housing and Urban Environment, and Science.
The work on these national projects is aimed "at ensuring Russia's breakthrough scientific, technological and socio-economic development, raising the standard of living, creating conditions and opportunities for self-realization and revealing the talent of each person," the government emphasized.
Under the Science project, in 2024 Russia must join the five leading countries of the globe carrying out scientific research and developments in the domains determined by priorities of scientific and technological development. Attractive conditions for work in Russia must be created for leading Russian and foreign scientists as well as young promising researchers.