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US-Russian “EURECA” Program “Enhancing the research and entrepreneurial capacity of Russian universities by introducing new models of collaboration between US and Russian universities” Is initiated by the US-Russian Foundation on Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law (USRF).

Program is implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation in accordance with the priorities of the National Education Project and the federal program of the National Research Universities’ Support.



Ist Stage: 2010 – 2012
IInd stage: 2013 – 2016

First stage results

The Innovation ecosystems of two Russian higher educational institutions, the participants of the first stage of the EUREСA Зrogram,- St. Petersburg National Research University of information technologies, mechanics and optics (University ITMO) and NIU N.I. Lobachevsky Nizhny Novgorod State University (UNN), received the efficient development. So the Innovation ecosystems serve as the basis developing entrepreneurial University, technology transfer and R&D commercialization. Detail

The task of integrating the international innovation community, promoting Russian universities in reaching the world standards in accordance to global trends were addressed through program networking activities. Networking conferences, seminars, trainings and site visits, in the framework of the EURECA content areas, helped to raise the innovative and entrepreneurial capacity of the EURECA Program network universities that represent practically all Russian NRUs, Federal Universities and other leading Universities of Russia. Detail

EURECA II (2013-2016)

The Program is aimed at: strengthening universities as business structures, setting up mechanisms for establishing effective cooperation with regional authorities and business for the development of regional innovation ecosystems and clusters, developing new models of training personnel for innovation economy with use of the advanced foreign experience, creating universities’ entrepreneurial structures, promoting training and sharing the experience on best practices’ dissemination between universities, and promoting the development of international partnerships between leading Russian and US universities.

New stage objectives:
  • To increase the efficiency of scientific-research activities;
  • To form the innovative outlook and to develop teachers’, students’, post-graduate students’ and scientists’ entrepreneurial competencies in the scientific and technical research area;
  • To create the necessary infrastructure for the transfer of university intellectual products to industry;
  • To attract orders on technological scientific research products from business;
  • To integrate Russian universities into international research and education community enabling them to achieve educational services’ world level;
  • To strengthen the role of universities in regional development and innovation clusters through the development of innovation ecosystem of Russian universities in partnership with the authorities and business;
  • To develop strong relationships with venture capital companies and raising capital for start-ups.

Program Executers

New Eurasia Foundation – Program Networking Integrator 

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod - National Research University – Responsible for dissemination of the model developed at the 2010-2012 pilot stage

Saint-Petersburg National Research University of Informational technologies, Mechanics and Optics – Responsible for dissemination of the model developed at the 2010-2012 pilot stage

American Councils on International Education – Responsible for support in developing cooperation with the US universities and business, and in arranging US-based events for USRF

Program Achievements
Report on the implementation results of the pilot phase of the EURECA program

DEVELOPING ENTREPRENEURIAL UNIVERSITIES BY DEVELOPING THEIR INNOVATION ECOSYSTEMS

DESIGNING MECHANISMS REQUIRED TO INTEGRATE RUSSIAN INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING INTO REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROCESSES AND DEVELOPING THEIR INNOVATION POTENTIALS

DESIGNING MECHANISMS REQUIRED TO INTEGRATE RUSSIAN INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING INTO THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL INNOVATION COMMUNITIES
Innovative Education
Contest of innovative projects Generation S-2014
15.04.2014
Contest of innovative projects Generation S-2014
The contest of innovative projects Generation S-2014 is supported by the Moscow Government.
Universities – EURECA-2 Consortium Members
R&D MEPHI representatives participated in the Forum of young scientists U-NOVUS
11.04.2014
 R&D MEPHI representatives participated in the Forum of young scientists U-NOVUS
Tomsk hosted a forum of young scientists U-NOVUS on April 2-4. The Forum was attended by more than 1000 graduate students, doctoral students, researchers and academic institutions and universities, including STI R&D MEPHI.
Innovative Center of the University helped the company to test a new idea of engineers
28.03.2014
Innovative Center of the University helped the company to test a new idea of engineers
The Kamyshlovsky Electro technical plant tests the batch of new electromagnetic relay for railway transport.
Around innovations
The Grand opening of the Conference "Youth and science”
15.04.2014
The Grand opening of the Conference "Youth and science”
SibFU will host the X Jubilee all-Russian scientific conference with international participation "Youth and science” on April, 15-25, 2014. The conference is dedicated to 80-anniversary of Krasnoyarsk region.
International Conference "Partnership for cluster development"
15.04.2014
International Conference on "Partnerships for cluster development”, aimed at the exchange of experiences and the creation of sustainable relations between the EU and regions of AIRR  and EU countries.
Series of Compilations
“Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity” (EURECA)


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Program and Partners
A Round table was held in the framework of the Forum of young scientists U-NOVUS in Tomsk, on April 3
07.04.2014
A Round table was held in the framework of the Forum of young scientists U-NOVUS in Tomsk, on April 3
A Round table discussion "Training of specialists of sales and promotion of innovation products on the Russian and international markets” took place in Tomsk on April 3, in the framework of the Forum of young scientists U-NOVUS, during which a Memorandum was signed between the AIRR, the Tomsk Regional Administration and FNE on the implementation of the joint program.
The winners of the contest of young scientists’ developments will be awarded at U-NOVUS forum
03.04.2014
The winners of the contest of young scientists’ developments will be awarded at U-NOVUS forum
The Deputy Governor of scientific-educational complex and innovative policy, Aleksey Knyazev, General Director of the Fund of assistance Sergey Polyakov and Executive Director of the Association of innovative regions of Russia Ivan Bortnik awarded the winners of the contest of young scientists’ developments, which took place in the framework of the U-NOVUS Forum.
Program News and Events
The International seminar "Opportunities and prospects of cooperation between the various sources of venture capital in the development of innovation in the regions of Russia"
27.03.2014
The International seminar "Opportunities and prospects of cooperation between the various sources of venture capital in the development of innovation in the regions of Russia"
took place in the Ural Federal University in the framework of the international program EURECA UrFU, Yekaterinburg, March 20, 2014
Interesting Materials and Editions
Foreign practices of universities interaction with innovative sector of the economy
For the comparative analysis of the possible ways to overcome the existing barriers to the establishment and strengthening of innovative interaction of Russian educational, scientific and production structures, we have collected and studied data on interaction of universities of the United States, Britain, Germany, Finland, Belgium, with extensive experience of innovation development and interaction with the innovative sector of the economy.
Prospects of Russia and European Union integration process in the field of science and innovations, as well as the project BILAT-RUS-Advanced are represented in leading Russian publication on the theme of innovation
Prospects of Russia and European Union integration process in the field of science and innovations, as well as the project BILAT-RUS-Advanced are represented in leading Russian publication on the theme of innovation
The great analytic article in the influential Russian Yearbook of innovation development 2013, published by the State Duma, is dedicated to the prospects of Russia and European Union integration process in the field of science and innovations. 
Europe’s higher education crystal ball gazing
Europe’s higher education crystal ball gazing
From the onward march of internationalisation to the fight by academics and students against cuts to their funding, 2013 proved to be a year of rapid change for higher education. But what does the 2014 crystal ball predict for Europe, the birthplace of universities and a continent slowly emerging from economic crisis?