!The winners of the open international project competition for experimental research laboratories in quantum technologies and new functional materials have been announced. In accordance with the results of an evaluation conducted by international experts, experts of the HSE University Faculty of Physics, and the Competition Committee, two projects have been selected to receive support:
- Laboratory of van der Waals Heterostructures (headed by Davit Ghazaryan);
- Laboratory of Nanophotonics and Functional Materials (headed by Andrey Krasavin).
The National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) is pleased to announce an international competition for experimental research laboratories in breakthrough fields of contemporary physics, such as Quantum Technologies and New Functional Materials. Winners will have the opportunity to develop and lead new research laboratories based at the HSE Faculty of Physics.
We would like to inform you that Regulations on the International Open Competition to Create Experimental Research Laboratories in the Field of Quantum Technologies and New Functional Materials at National Research University Higher School of Economics (for the period from June 10, 2019 to December 31, 2024) have been amended as follows:
1. New Laboratories will be expected to focus on basic (fundamental) research projects (the title and contents of the Regulations have been amended accordingly);
2. The amounts of external co-financing that each Laboratory will be obligated to attract for supporting its own operations (p. 3.6. of the Regulations) have been amended:
- in 2022 – at least 30% of total funds, provided by HSE;
- in 2023 – at least 65% of total funds, provided by HSE;
- in 2024 – at least 100% of total funds, provided by HSE.
3. The Laboratory head’s job description now includes new duties (p. 4.2.7. of the Regulations):
The Laboratory head shall be responsible for creating and maintaining links with other HSE subdivisions, including laboratories operating in related research fields under joint institutes with the Russian Academy of Sciences at the HSE Faculty of Physics, as well as other educational institutions.
4. Minimal requirements to the number of project-related publications have been changed (p. 4.4 of the Regulations, Form 4):
Based on the research results, the Laboratory's team undertakes to publish a certain number of academic papers in a relevant research field, as set out in the proposal, in scientific journals indexed in Q1 and Q2 of the Web of Science in at least one WoS subject area, featuring HSE affiliation and references to the source of financing, but no less than:
- in 2020 – 1 paper
- in 2021 – 2
- in 2022 – 3
- in 2023 – 4
- in 2024 – 4.
5. The HSE Faculty of Physics shall be responsible for (p. 4.5 of the Regulations):
maintaining interactions between the Laboratory and joint institutes with the Russian Academy of Sciences at the HSE Faculty of Physics, other HSE subdivisions and Russian and foreign research organisations in order to reinforce the Laboratory’s operations. The research results obtained through such cooperation shall be highlighted in publications featuring HSE affiliation (at least 2 in 2020, at least 2 in 2021, at least 2 in 2022, at least 2 in 2023, at least 2 in 2024) produced in leading global journals in physics. These publications shall be counted in addition to key publications mentioned in p. 4.4 of the Regulations.
6. Form 5 (“Requested Laboratory Equipment”) has been updated.
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Proposals are accepted until April 1, 2019.
The results will be announced no later than July 1, 2019.
Information about the winners will be published on the HSE website.
Purpose of the Competition: to establish, support and develop relevant research areas, as well as world-class research schools at the HSE Faculty of Physics, as well as facilitate the development of modern infrastructure at the Faculty, which is a part of HSE active endeavours to bring its research in line with the global research processes.
Early career scholars focusing on quantum technologies and new functional materials, whose professional experience does not exceed 15 years after getting a Candidate of Sciences/PhD degree, are eligible to take part in the competition.
The competition is held with the aim of establishing new experimental research laboratories at HSE campuses in Moscow and St. Petersburg as per the established procedure.
The winning Moscow-based experimental research laboratory will become a subdivision of the HSE Faculty of Physics located on the premises of the Faculty of Physics at Bldg. 5, 21/4 Ul. Basmannaya, Moscow.
Each project supported in the framework of the competition shall be financed to cover:
the acquisition of research equipment in 2019-2020
(up to 150 million roubles)
salaries and other research-related expenses
- up to 7 million roubles will be available in 2019
- up to 13 million roubles per year will be available in 2020 – 2024
All expenses related to setting up and equipping the laboratory are not included in the above-mentioned budget. They will be additionally covered by the University. The Laboratory may continue working beyond 2024 subject to successful independent expert review undertaken every 5 years. The expert review of the Laboratory’s performance will be conducted every five years.
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Who can take part in the competition?
Young scholars focusing on quantum technologies and new functional materials, whose professional experience does not exceed 15 years after getting a Candidate of Sciences/PhD degree, are eligible to take part in the competition.