At the end of December 2019, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation and the Moscow Region Government signed an agreement on allocating in 2020 a subsidy from the federal budget to the Moscow Region budget in order to implement strategies for the socio economic development of the science towns of the Russian Federation.
“The amount of financing of the program for the development of the science towns of the Moscow region from the federal budget will be more than 182 million Russian rubles. Moreover, 155 million Russian rubles will be granted for this purpose by the regional government. The total amount of the budget financing for the development of the science towns in the region in 2020 will exceed 338 million rubles,” said Vadim Khromov, the Deputy Chairman of the Moscow Region Government.
As explained by the Deputy Chairman, the funds will be dedicated to supporting the scientific and technological potential of the science towns. Funding will be allocated for scientific events, development of scientific and educational centers, repair and equipment of educational institutions, research laboratories, as well as for the urban land improvement.
Eight of 13 Russian science towns are located in the Moscow region: Dubna, Pushchino, Chernogolovka, Korolev, Reutov, Zhukovsky, Protvino and Fryazino.
“One of the priority tasks for the Moscow Region Government is to preserve and increase the scientific and technical potential. We annually earmark a subsidy for social and economic development of the science towns and we support young scientists: the program Social Mortgage is implemented. Governor’s awards for scientific and technical achievements and grants of the Moscow Region Government in the fields of science, technology, engineering and innovation are financed annually, and from 2020 we will support commercial promotion of development,” said Vadim Khromov.