The US-Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law (USRF)
The Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity (EURECA) Program brings together leading research universities in Russia and in the U.S. to strengthen university capacity in applied and translational research and technology transfer, which improves the potential for meaningful research collaborations between the U.S. and Russia. It is implemented in partnership with the Russian Federation Ministry of Education and Science in accordance with the national education strategy and federal program supporting national research universities and is funded by the U.S. Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law (USRF).
The EURECA 1 pilot (2010-12) built partnerships and a network of Russian universities that will be active in the current phase of the program, EURECA 2. Grantees of EURECA 2 (2013-2017) include American Councils for International Education focusing on partnerships with the U.S., and three Russian providers that will train Russian institutions and further develop and replicate models from EURECA 1 – the New Eurasia Foundation (FNE), the St. Petersburg University for Information Technology, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO), and the Lobachevskiy State University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN). ITMO and UNN will continue to work with EURECA 1 partners, UCLA, Purdue, and University of Maryland in their training efforts, and to develop concrete collaborations.
EURECA 2 (2013-2017) objectives include:
• improving the effectiveness of research,
• developing a culture of innovation and entrepreneurialism in the fields of science and technology among faculty, students, and researchers
• creating infrastructure to support the transfer of technologies into application
• attracting business involvement in technologies developed at universities and developing strong relationships with sources of seed and venture capital
• integrating Russian universities into the international scientific and educational space
• strengthening the university role in regional development and innovation clusters
• developing mutually beneficial partnerships between research and business communities in the U.S. and Russia