Skoltech Call for Proposals

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Skoltech Call for Proposals

November 26, 2012

Dr. Ivan V. Sherstov

Director of Research, Skoltech

Presentation Outline


Introduction: Skoltech Overview


CREI, Centers for Research, Education and
Innovation, concept


Skoltech Research strategy directions


Call for proposals and Key dates


Proposal Evaluation Criteria


Web page, links and e
-
mail for questions

Skol
tech

at a Glance


A unique Russian institution in an international
context


By the end of the decade build a community of 200
faculty (with a target of at least 60% international,
incl. diaspora), 300 post
-
docs, 1200 graduate
students


Polarized around science, engineering and
technology


Addressing problems and issues in IT, Energy,
Biomedicine, Space and Nuclear


With strong programs in support of
innovation
and
entrepreneurship


On a new campus, to be build in Skolkovo


An important part of the Skolkovo
innovation
ecosystem

Skoltech’s Mission


To have educational, scholarly and economic impact
in the Russian Federation and around the world;


By educating leading graduate students and
conducting research programs to address key
challenges in science, technology, engineering and
innovation;


Using a fusion of exceptional talent in a new
university at Skolkovo.

Functional Structure of Skoltech

Skoltech Globally Distributed Campus
2012

Skoltech will begin functioning as a distributed university with a
global campus. Later, the university will transform to a Moscow
centric operation while maintaining research collaboration within
its global campus.

Main Campus

CREI

Students

Skoltech Globally Distributed Campus
2015 (Vision)

Skoltech will begin functioning as a distributed university with a
global campus. Later, the university will transform to a Moscow
centric operation while maintaining research collaboration within
its global campus.

Main Campus

CREI

Skoltech 2020

Hub for Global Research Collaboration

Skoltech will begin functioning as a distributed university with a
global campus. Later, the university will transform to a Moscow
centric operation while maintaining research collaboration within
its global campus.

Main Campus

Research

Collaboration

Research Programs

Goal:
Create research programs to address pressing needs of members of society and
society as a whole, which build upon fundamental science and technology, yet
are guided by a consideration of innovation


Strategy: Create at least 15 Centers for Research, Education
and
Innovation
(
CREI):


International collaborative efforts partnering
Skoltech with
both international
and Russian institutes (Universities and RAS)


Concentrated excellence in one of the 5 strategic themes, solving real
problems in IT, Energy, Biomedicine, Space and Nuclear


Build capacity at
Skoltech and
attract top talent


Integrate education and accelerate innovation


Each center funded

at 6
-
12 MUSD/year

Consideration of innovation

Level of fundamental understanding

Skoltech Research Vision


The Five Research Areas


Fuzzy boundaries, overlapping, and interacting


Interdisciplinary nature with their own complex
research agenda


Cross
-
cutting research themes


E.g., advanced materials, computational and
data
-
intensive science and engineering, human
engineering and cognition
.


Dynamic and reconfigurable as new problem domains
arise


Cross
-
cutting foundation for 21
st

century research,
education, & innovation


Research capacity established using CREIs


Entrepreneurship and Innovation tied in to all areas


Basic science and engineering underlying research


Mutually driven research agendas create synergy


Research infrastructure supporting all


21
st

century research infrastructure for
interdisciplinarity, collaboration with other
institutions, economic development


Space Science &


Technology


Nuclear Science &


Technology


Energy Science &


Technology


Information Science &


Technology


Biomedical Science &


Technology

Cross cutting research themes

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Basic Science & Engineering

Russian Strengths

Russian Needs

CREI

CREI

Summary of High Priority Investments


Biomedicine:


Computational and systems biology


Immunology and infectious disease


Gene
-

and
nano
-
medicine


Regenerative medicine


Energy:


Hydrocarbon fuel production and
transportation


Hydrocarbon processing


Electrical power systems
generation and distribution


Electrical energy storage


Nuclear:


Nuclear energy safety


Materials for extreme
environments


Non
-
energy applications






IT:


Machine learning and AI


Advanced computing systems


Big Data


Electronics materials and
device


Quantum physics/technology


Space:


Supporting humans in long
term space exploration


Small satellites


Utilization of space data


Cross
-
cutting:


Advanced materials


C
omputational
and data
-
intensive science & engineering


Human engineering and
cognition



* Topics in italics are under negotiations

http://www.skolkovotech.ru/sites/default/files/research%20strategy_4_OCT_2012.pdf

Key dates

ROUND 1



Round 1 white paper submission

March 13, 2012

Invitations to submit full proposal for round 1 issued

April 14, 2012

Full proposal for round 1 submission

June 1, 2012

Research Center Awards announced for round 1

after June
30, 2012

ROUND 2



Round 2 white paper submission

November 30, 2012

Invitations to submit full proposal for round 2 issued

January 28, 2013

Full proposal for round 2 submission

March 29, 2013

Research Center Awards announced for round 2

after May 13,
2013

ROUND 3



Round 3 white paper submission

October 14, 2013

Invitations to submit full proposal for round 3 issued

November 29, 2013

Full proposal for round 3 submission

January 27, 2014

Research Center Awards announced for round 3

after March
14, 2014

THREE STEP PROCESS TO CREI


White Paper


Full Proposal


Negotiations

WP Stage


5 page proposal + bio (2 pages for 2 PIs and up
to 10 co
-
Invs from both side) and simple
budget


30 Nov deadline, website:
https://sktech.mit.edu/rc
-
call/Proposal
-
Templates


Remote peer review using published criteria


Recommendation to invite for full proposal

FP Stage


20 pages, detailed budget, bios


March

29 deadline,
website
:
https://sktech.mit.edu/rc
-
call/Proposal
-
Templates


Remote

peer review based on criteria


Selected onsite presentations and Q/A


Recommendation for the board


Board decision after 13 May 2013


Negotiations


Establish


Evaluation criteria


Significance and potential impact


Investigators


Approach


Environment


Innovation


Education


Impact on Russia


Impact on Skoltech



http://web.mit.edu/sktech/initiatives/

Significance and potential impact


Is the problem addressed by the proposal one of great
significance to one or more of the target fields?


Does the
CREI
address an important problem or a critical barrier
to progress in the field of the Center
?


Does it redefine the boundaries of the disciplines in the research
fields?


Are the potential benefits sufficiently large to justify the level of
investment in the Center?


Investigators


Are the faculty, collaborators, and other researchers well suited to the
proposed research?


Do the investigators have complementary and integrated expertise?


Is the proposed leadership approach, governance and organizational
structure appropriate for the Center?


Do the investigators have a strong intellectual property portfolio and/or a
history of support for innovation?


Does the team have a successful track record of working together?



Approach


Does the approach proposed encompass fundamental and applied
research guided by a consideration of use?


Can it be characterized as “use
-
inspired basic research”?


Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for
success presented?


Does the research proposal challenge and shift current approaches to
major problems?


Does the proposed research utilize novel theoretical concepts,
approaches or methodologies, or instrumentation?


Environment


Will the scientific environment in which the work will be done
contribute to the probability of success?


Are the institutional support, equipment and other physical
resources available to the investigators adequate for the proposed
Center?


Will the Center benefit from unique features of the scientific
environment, subject populations, or collaborative arrangements,
including those for engagement within the larger Skolkovo initiative?

Innovation


Is it likely that the proposed research, results, and solutions can be
translated out of the laboratory for broad application?


How does the proposed Center help promote a culture of
Innovation?


Is there an educational component or mechanism in support of
innovation?


Is there support from industry and other stakeholders, and are there
mechanisms to engage them with the CREI?




Education


How does the proposed Center develop new educational curricula,
materials and pedagogy?


How can these new educational materials impact education at the
proposing participants?


Review features of CFP 2


International scientific reviewers peer review only “scientific” criteria 1
-
6:
Significance and potential impact, Investigators, Approach, Environment,
Innovation, Education



Review on Impact on Russia, Impact on Skoltech and Overall Impact is
done by Skoltech


Round 1 statistics


129 white paper submissions


360
universities and research
institutions


Over
20
countries


13 white papers selected for full proposal status


73 total
expert reviewers from Russia, North
America, Europe and Israel




3 CREIs is negotiated (2 Biomed and 1 Energy)
and ready to sign


White paper submission

Visit
https://sktech.mit.edu/rc
-
call/Proposal
-
Templates













Proposers
management system
is opened on Nov 1

Some helpful notes


Make sure lead PI is the submitting person


Clearly state why you believe your center is
squarely in “Pasteur’s Quadrant”


Proposals that had a “mission” did better with
reviewers than proposals that wanted to do
everything


Make a case for why your center is greater
than the sum of its parts



WRITING TIPS


Write clear whitepapers and proposals


Don’t blame reviewers if they do not understand your paper!


Reviewers will know your field well but maybe not your niche.


Test your proposal on colleagues from same department but not your
own group!



If you are stating that your work is good for fields “B” and “C”,
be prepared that experts in those field review your proposal


Use the feedback you get from your whitepapers



Web links, contact information, etc…


Web links:


Evaluation criteria
http://web.mit.edu/sktech/initiatives/



Skolkovo Tech vision 2030
http://www.skolkovotech.ru/sites/default/files/research%
20strategy_4_OCT_2012.pdf



Application webpage
https://sktech.mit.edu/rc
-
call/Proposal
-
Templates



Contacts:


Anna Voronova, Acting Director of Research, SkTech/MIT
(
voronova@mit.edu
)


Ivan V. Sherstov, Director of Research, Skolkovo Tech
(
sherstov@skolkovotech.ru
)


What to do if we have no counterpart?


Planning Grant (in the past it was $30k)


Separate application process (starts on Nov 30)


Same webpage and templates as for the White
Paper (
https://sktech.mit.edu/rc
-
call/Proposal
-
Templates
)


Due date Dec 15


Decision will be made according the Skoltech
Research Vision

INTERACTING WITH SK
OL
TECH

Do not wait till the last minute to upload your work


Check you uploaded the right documents by the deadline



Check
the website before
calling


usually the answer is there.


You
do not need personal relation, contact, or confirmation from the
Skoltech
research team.


we are facilitators, not reviewers
.


Having
your VIP friends to call us does not help your
proposal

Questions?