In 2018, the Russian Science Foundation plans to provide grants of up to 22 bln rubles ($392.4 mln), according to Head of one of the largest organizations that supports basic research in Russia, General Director of the Russian Science Foundation Alexander Khlunov. In an interview with Izvestia, Khlunov said that thanks to the programs that the foundation finances, there are changes in the activities of leading scientific and educational institutions.
"We currently support more than 2,500 scientific projects worth more than 16 bln rubles ($285.33 mln), and in 2018 are going to use about 22 bln rubles ($392.4 mln) for grants. We have not let out scientists down, we have not reduced grants, and the funding is on time," he told the newspaper.
In addition to physics of elementary particles and high energies, a significant share of projects funded by the organization now belongs to life sciences, Khlunov said. "The share of projects in biology, agriculture, fundamental medicine among the projects supported by the Fund is more than 25%," he told the newspaper.
"We are happy with these changes, because the 21st century will be defined by achievements in life sciences more than by the creation of nuclear potential. Those who solve the problem of oncological and neurodegenerative diseases will most likely own the world," he added.