RAS will have the right to conduct state funded research in all scientific fields
The draft law clarifies the objectives, tasks, functions and powers of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The document has been entered into the database of the lower house of parliament.
Under the law, the RAS receives important additional powers — to make forecasts for major areas of scientific, scientific, technological and social and economic development of the country, the right to conduct scientific research funded by the state budget in all spheres of scientific activity, and to renew scientific and technical work in the field of defence and security.
Now the RAS will not only develop a programme of fundamental research, but also organise research, that is, in fact, it will be become an ordering customer for scientific institutions. RAS will be given the right to organise international exchange, to participate directly in international scientific research and so on.
«The new version of this law has been submitted for discussion, but I think that final decisions regarding formulations and structures will be taken only in the second half of this year, when the new government will be formed,» said the president of the Russian Academy of Sciences.