Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity

The Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity (EURECA) brings together leading research universities in Russia and in the U.S. to strengthen Russian university capacity in applied and translational research and technology transfer to improve research collaborations between the two countries.

In the pilot phase of the program (2010-12), EURECA created university partnerships among two Russian National Research Universities and three U.S. universities that implemented projects and follow-on replication programs. The second phase, EURECA 2 (2013-15), developed university capacity to translate research into real-world applications. In 2013, American Councils designed and launched the U.S.-Russia Innovation Corridor (USRIC) as a EURECA partnership between the University of Maryland in College Park, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, the State of Maryland and the Nizhny Novgorod region.

In this phase, objectives included:

• Improving the effectiveness of research
• Developing a culture of innovation and enterprise in the fields of science and technology among faculty, students, and researchers
• Creating the infrastructure to support the technology transfer into end markets and applications
• Attracting business involvement in technologies born at universities and nurturing strong relationships with seed and venture capital sources
• 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

EURECA was administered cooperatively by American Councils and New Eurasia Foundation (Russia) and funded by the U.S. Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law (USRF). American Councils built partnerships between U.S. and Russian institutions around commercialization and assisted U.S. and Russian partners identify concrete areas and technologies with commercialization potential. Exchanges and advisory advanced both U.S. and Russian domestic capacity and skills working in international communities to seed longer-term sustainable partnerships.

For more information about the program’s success and legacy, and to learn about updates regarding partnerships, please contact:

Contact Name: Adrian Erlinger
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Russian and U.S. research universities



Funded By:

US-Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law (USRF)