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The Governing Board of the International Science and Technology Center held its 48th Meeting in Moscow

STATEMENT OF THE 48th GOVERNING BOARD
OF THE INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Moscow, Russian Federation
26 March 2009

The Governing Board of the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) held its 48th meeting in Moscow, Russian Federation.

Representatives of various ISTC Parties attended the meeting, including Canada, the European Union, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, United States of America, Norway, Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic and Republic of Kyrgyz Republic participated as rotating CIS Board member.

The Governing Board approved the extension of the contract of Mr. Sergey Vorobiev, Principal Deputy Executive Director on behalf of the Russian Federation for one year. 

The Governing Board approved the nomination of Mr. Michael Einik as Deputy Executive Director in charge of the Partnering and Sustainability Department of ISTC of behalf of the United States of America.

The Governing Board approved the final Project Funding Worksheet (FS48). The ISTC approved 10 new projects representing over $2,064,595 and €385,000 in new funding for activities in Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Kazakhstan.

The Governing Board noted the initiatives taken by the Secretariat to arrange for co-financing of programs and/or projects by recipient countries and other public and private partners. It asked the Secretariat to continue to elaborate various co-financing modalities with all interested inpidual countries and other interested parties, including inpidual institutes. It underscored the importance of having co-financing modalities in place as soon as possible. It thanked the commitment made by Kazakhstan to start a discussion with the ISTC Secretariat on this matter.

The Governing Board noted with satisfaction a recent letter received by the Secretariat from the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation on the issue of taxation. The official letter confirmed that, in accordance with the terms of the ISTC Agreement, recipients of funds from ISTC will not be subject to taxation on those funds received from ISTC.

The Governing Board noted with satisfaction the progress made towards implementation of sustainability plans for the following research institutes:

- Khlopin Radium Institute (KRI); St. Petersburg, Russia 

- Institute of Physics and Power Engineering (IPPE); Obninsk, Russia

- Institute of Nuclear Physics (INP) in National Nuclear Center, Kazakhstan

- Research Institute of Pulse Technique (NIIIT)

It asked the Secretariat to continue work on sustainability plans for:

- Siberian Chemical Combine in Seversk

- Former Pavlodar Chemical Plant (“Caustik”), Kazakhstan

- State Scientific Research Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology (GosNIIOKhT) and its Shikany branch (GITOS)

It also requested the Secretariat to find eventual funding for the approved sustainability plans for:

- Boreskov Institute of Catalysis (BIC); Novosibirsk, Russia

- Institute of Immunological Engineering (IIE) in Lyubachannyi

The ISTC Secretariat will start to prepare the next stage of the sustainability program, taking into account the lessons learned and the budgetary means available.

The Governing Board noted with satisfaction that VAT paid for the time period Q1/ 2001 and May 2007 was refunded and asked the Secretariat to continue with efforts to receive VAT reimbursement paid during the period 2001-2007. A new claim has been sent to the relevant authorities of the Russian Federation. 

The Governing Board did not approve at this time two ISTC Partner Program applications from companies located in third countries (Australia, Singapore). The general issue will be further reviewed in the overall transformation discussion of ISTC.

The Governing Board welcomed the proposed targeted initiative on probiotics and health. Implementation of this Targeted Initiative will start once it is approved by the interested federal authorities. The main objective of this Targeted Initiative is to coordinate the activities of research centers, governmental agencies and private organizations to preserve and improve human health through the use of probiotics. A Steering Committee will be established and various organizations will be invited to participate in this initiative. Specific activities will be initiated to attract funding for this new initiative.To date, ISTC has funded 12 projects in this field with a total value of 7M USD. A number of workshops and seminars on the topic of probiotics and health have also been sponsored by ISTC. 

The Governing Board approved the planned events celebrating the 15-year anniversary of ISTC. The main event making this anniversary will take place on 10 December 2009 in Moscow. It asked the Secretariat to continue its preparations.

The Governing Board thanked the Secretariat for the revised ISTC Travel Rules and Procedures and agreed that the proposed ISTC Travel Rules and Procedures apply from 1 April 2009 on a provisional basis for ISTC travels, pending adoption of the document at the July Governing Board meeting. 

The Governing Board agreed to convene the next Plenary Session on 9 July 2009 in Belarus (Minsk).

 

List of funded projects:

Project 3896

Full Title:

Experimental Studies of Thermohydraulic Processes in a Bundle of Rods as Applied to Channel-Type Reactor Conditions at Supercritical Parameters of Water

Leading Institute

Federal State Unitary Enterprise Research and Development Institute of Power Engineering named after N.A.Dollezhal, Moscow, Russia

Collaborators

Advanced Energy Technologies Consulting Inc., Oshawa, ON, Canada (Kostyuk T)

Atomic Energy Canada Limited, Chalk River, ON, Canada (Speranzini R A, Khartabil H)

School of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario, Canada (Pioro I)

 

Project 3925

Full Title:

Revival of Non-Culturable Microorganisms from Siberian Permafrost Soil

Leading Institute

Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Microorganisms, Puschino, Moscow reg., Russia

Supporting Institutes

Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems in Soil Science, Pushchino, Moscow reg., Russia

Research and Production Center for Environmental Monitoring "RACEM", Kirov, Russia

Collaborators

Universitat Innsbruck / Institut fur Mikrobiologie, Innsbruck, Austria (Margesin R)

 

 

 

Project 3949

Full Title:

A Study of Probiotic Properties of Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria Strains for the Production of Direct-to-the Vat Starters Used in Food Processing Industry and Agriculture

Leading Institute

Institute of Immunological Engineering, Lyubuchany, Moscow reg., Russia

Collaborators

Kyorin University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan (Kamiya S)

Lawson Health Research Institute, London, ON, Canada (Reid G)

University of Texas / Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA (Motin V L)

Univerzita Pavla Jozefa Safarika v Kosiciach, Kosice, Slovakia (Bomba A)

 

Project A-1671

Full Title:

Remediation of Contaminated Soils in Zones of Radioecological Tension by Water-Retaining Polymers

Leading Institute

Institute of Hydroponics Problems, Yerevan, Armenia

Supporting Institutes

Yerevan Institute "Plastpolymer", Yerevan, Armenia

Collaborators

Agricultural University of Athens / Department of Natural Resources & Agricultural Engineering, Athens, Greece (Massas I)

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada (Schellenberg M)

New Mexico State University / College of Agriculture and Home Economics, Las Cruces, NM, USA (Unc A)

Universidade de Coimbra / Departamento de Botanica, Coimbra, Portugal (Freitas H)

 

Project B-1603

Full Title:

Developing the Technology of Hydrogen Production from Alkali Metal Borohydrides and Creating Hydrogen Generator

Leading Institute

National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus / Institute of Heat and Mass Transfer, Minsk, Belarus

Collaborators

Corall Trade Inc., Los-Angeles, CA, USA (Uchanin Yu I)

Ecole des Mines d'Albi, Albi, France (Soudais Ya)

Kyoto University / Graduate School of Engineering / Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Kyoto, Japan (Yoshida H)

University of Connecticut / School of Engineering, Storrs, CT, USA (Smirnova A)

 

G-1666

Full Title:

Development of a New Phage Composite Targeted to Prevent and Treat Mixed Infections

Leading Institute

Georgian Academy of Sciences / Institute of Bacteriophage, Microbiology and Virology, Tbilisi, Georgia

Collaborators

Department of Veterans Affairs / VA Northern California Health Care System, Martinez, CA, USA (Kuhl S)

Laval University, Quebec City, QC, Canada (Moineau S)

 

Project K-1284.2

Full Title:

Catalytic Synthesis of Phosphoric Ethers from Low-Valence Phosphorus Derivatives

Leading Institute

Institute of Organic Catalysis and Electrochemistry, Almaty, Kazakstan

Supporting Institutes

JSC «Kaustic», Pavlodar, Kazakstan

Collaborators

University of Illinois / Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences / Illinois State Geological Survey, Champaign, IL, USA (Khan L)

 

Project K-1700

Full Title:

Development of the Technology for Production of Highly Efficient Sorbents and Composition Materials on the Basis of Carbon Сontaining Ores of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Leading Institute

Kazakh National University / Center of Physical and Chemical Methods of Analysis, Almaty, Kazakstan

Supporting Institutes

LTD Scientific-Production Centre “Ulba”, Ust Kamenogorsk, Kazakstan

Collaborators

Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, USA (Braida W)

Universita degli Studi di Palermo / Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Tecnologie, Palermo, Italy (Conte P)

 

Reallocation of funds for previously approved projects

Project 3891

Full Title:

Intelligent Multifunctional Biomimetics for Optical Nanodevices: New Materials for Environment Protection

Leading Institute

Mendeleev Chemical Technological University, Moscow, Russia

Supporting Institutes

FEI (IPPE), Obninsk, Kaluga reg., Russia

Photochemistry Center, Moscow, Russia

Collaborators

Universite Louis Pasteur / Laboratoire de Chimie Supramoleculaire, Strasbourg, France (Lehn J-M)

University of Bologna / Dipartimento di Chimica "Giacomo Ciamician", Bologna, Italy (Balzani V)

 

Project development grants

Project 3923

Full Title:

Development of Ultrasonic Equipment and Typical Complex Technology for Deep Purification of Acid Mine Waters (AMW) in the Regions of Extraction and Reprocessing of Mineral Resources (Using Urals as Example)

Leading Institute

VNIITF, Snezhinsk, Chelyabinsk reg., Russia

Supporting Institutes

Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry (IONKh), Moscow, Russia

Institute of Solid State Chemistry, Ekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk reg., Russia

Collaborators

Euroby LTD, Worthing, UK (Ley B)

Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz / Rhine-Main Water Research gGmbH, Biebesheim am Rhein, Germany (Wilken R-D)

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