Intranet Login  |  Русский Russian

EURECA Program

The Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity (EURECA) Program – new models of scientific and technical cooperation between Russian and American universities

The EURECA Program is funded by the US-Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law (USRF). The program is being implemented in partnership with the Russian Ministry of Education and Science according to the priorities of the national "Education" project and federal program supporting national research universities.

Phase I: 2010 – 2012
Phase II: 2013 - 2017

Phase 1 Results

During the first phase of the EURECA program, the Saint-Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO) and the Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN) developed innovation ecosystems, which are used as the foundation of entrepreneurial universities, technology transfer function, and commercialization of research and development.
In collaboration with the University of Maryland, UNN developed the US-Russia Innovation Corridor(USRIC) to increase US-Russian collaboration in the field of innovation. USRIC’s creation corresponded with objectives of a cooperation agreement between the Government of Nizhny Novgorod Region and the State of Maryland. Using Purdue University’s experience, UNN perfected its approach toward entrepreneurship education for students, teachers and researchers, created youth innovation center, and organized "Innobusiness" competition of innovative ideas.

In collaboration with the University of California, Los Angeles, ITMO implemented several projects aimed at improving innovation infrastructure and creating mechanisms for moving its university R&D into the international marketplace. The international start-up school SUMIT is fmong them.  A start-up accelerator «iDeal Machine» was created with $6 million in funding  from the U.S. venture capital firm RSV Venture Partners LP. The University created 6 new R&D support units, and adopted a strategic plan to develop its innovation ecosystem.

EURECA 2 (2013-2017)

Phase 2 Objectives:

  • improving the effectiveness of research
  • developing a culture of innovation and entrepreneurialism in the fields of science and technology among faculty, students, and researchers
  • creating infrastructure to support the transfer of technologies into production
  • attracting interest from business in sponsoring research or procuring solutions from universities
  • integrating Russian universities into the international scientific and educational space and supporting their entry into the community of world-class institutions
  • strengthening innovation ecosystems and the university role in regional development and innovation clusters
  • developing strong relationships with venture capital firms to raise start-up capital
  • developing mutually beneficial partnerships between research and business communities in the U.S. and Russia

UNN will continue evolve as an innovative entrepreneurial university, and will replicate its model of an innovation ecosystem at the Perm National Research Polytechnic University (Perm Politech).  UNN will expand its existing partnerships with Purdue and University of Maryland, and disseminate program results to other Russian universities.

In collaboration with the Higher School of Economics, and drawing upon their experience from EURECA 1 ITMO will share best practices of how to bring university start-ups to the market of innovations in several Russian regions. This work will be carried out with support from regional authorities and businesses.

New Eurasia Foundation (FNE) and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR) will deliver training for leading Russian universities, including seminars on entrepreneurship, creation of university innovation ecosystem, and developing regional clusters. The program will involve well-known Russian and foreign experts, regional authorities and business. FNE will also assist USRF in disseminating best practices learned during EURECA among Russian universities.

American Councils for International Education will develop US-Russia university partnerships around common industry clusters, and administer the US-Russia Innovation Corridor(USRIC) to support start-up companies and innovative projects. American Councils will act as a liaison between Russian universities, American universities, the business community and government. Additionally, American Councils will assist with network events and represent the EURECA project in the United States.

The successful experience of UNN and ITMO was documented in two resource books.

EURECA website
EURECA on Facebook