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The Armenian Ministry of Education and Science is negotiating with the Skolkovo Foundation for Development of the Center of Research and Commercializing of New Technologies to conclude an agreement envisaging joint projects on commercialization of the scientific research results, Samvel
Haroutyunyan, Chairman of the State Committee on Science of the Armenian Ministry of Education and Science, said at today's press conference in Yerevan.
When asked about the projects on commercialization of the practical scientific research results in Armenia, Haroutyunyan replied that the State Committee on Science and Skolkovo Foundation will work over joint financing of innovation projects and carry out joint work to develop the system of independent expert examination of the scientific projects. He added that under the agreement with Skolkovo Foundation, the system applied in Armenia will also be used in Russia and in Kazakhstan. He also pointed out that Armenia will be the second country after Belarus to have an agreement with Skolkovo. The
database of the State Committee on Science includes the names of 1,500 scientists, of them 500 are Armenians from Diaspora and foreigners.
Haroutyunyan said that the Ministry will also negotiate with the scientific foundation of Volkswagen. He added that the State Committee on Science has already held a contest of research projects aimed at gaining practical results. The State Committee on Science and the private sector have financed 17 projects worth a total of 160 mln AMD (nearly $400 thsd). He said that the preliminary results of the contest are impressing, as authors of 43 projects funded not only by Armenia but also by foreign countries participated in the contest. The contest results will be summed up in late 2012. Haroutyunyan
expressed confidence that no less than 4-5 projects will have serious results, which may be applied in practice even today.
He said that in 2012 a new similar contest will be held. The co-financing of the private sector will be increased from the former 15% to no less than 25%.