The annual President’s prize for excellent young researchers open to excellent researchers from all disciplines was established in 2008. The recipients of that Russia's most highly endowed science awards have been chosen for contribution to advancing Russian science, for creating new equipment and technology that can boost the innovative development of the economy and social sphere, as well as for strengthening national defence. Each prize winner will receive prize money of 5 million Russian rubles.
The names of the new laureates were announced at a special news conference on February 7:
Leonid Skripnikov, PhD in Physics and Mathematics, Senior Researcher in the Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics named by Konstantinov of National Research Center "Kurchatov Institute", RSF-funded principle investigator. He was awarded for a series of works on the development of the theory of the electronic structure of compounds of heavy elements for the search for new physics and the study of the structure of the nucleus.
Alexandra Dubrovina, PhD in Biology, Senior Researcher, Federal Scientific Center for Biodiversity of Terrestrial Biota of East Asia, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, RSF-funded principle investigator. She received the award for the development of new approaches for the induction of RNA interference and the targeted regulation of plant genes.
Arseny Kubryakov, PhD in Physics and Mathematics, Senior Researcher, Head of the Laboratory of Innovative Methods and Means of Oceanological Research of Marine Hydrophysical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, RSF-funded principle investigator. He was awarded for achievements in the study of ocean dynamics and the impact of processes occurring in it on the marine biosphere.
The review of the nominations for the prize in accordance with the Executive Order of the Russian President was carried out by the Russian Science Foundation, thus ensuring the highest possible level of objectivity in the selection process.