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Ministry of Education and Science to attract up to $100 million for research projects

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The Ministry of Education and Science intends to attract up to $100 million of international grants over the next three years.

The process of ratifying the agreement on establishing International Science and Technology Center is underway. Kazakhstan will have access to decision-making on financing international projects in the Central Asia, as well as Kazakhstan projects, Vice Minister of Education and Science Aslanbek Amrin said at the forum on Science and Innovation � Basis of Economic Development dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Independence.

According to the Vice Minister, over the twenty years of locating in the Russian Federation, the Russian side managed to get $425 million for projects. Over the 20 years we received $75 million, we are now a hosting country. We anticipate that over the next three years international grants of up to $100 million will be attracted for research projects, Vice Minister said.

International Science and Technology Center is an intergovernmental organization consisting of 38 countries. The center was established in 1992 with the aim of assisting the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. The initial agreement was signed between the EEC, Russia, the USA and Japan. Later they were joined by Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Korea and Tajikistan. Kazakhstan joined the center in 1995.

Only in 2015, the International Science and Technology Center implemented 70 projects $18 billion worth and accompanying programs $2.5 million worth.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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