01 April 2017
In 2017, the Foundation initiated a program to support young scientists «Baikal Initiative», aimed at identifying and supporting technological and applied research projects oriented on protecting the Lake.
According to the terms of the contest, the Lake Baikal Foundation will allocate 1 million rubles to finance talented solutions both in the direction of lake environmental protection and in the expansion of the range of applied scientific research possible at Lake Baikal due to its unique endemic environment. The participants of the contest «Baikal Initiative» have to prove that the project is really relevant and necessary, presenting their projects to «people’s expertise»: the financial assistance will be provided to those projects that will independently collect 20% of the project budget by crowdfunding, attract sponsors and other channels of public support. 80% of the budget of successful projects will be covered by the «Lake Baikal» Foundation grants.
10 scientific and research projects took part in the competition. Among them:
On october 25, 2017 the winners of the competition were announced. They are the following projects:
According to the terms of the competition, the winners must collect 20% of the budget by themselves to receive the grant. Each of the leaders choose their own way of collecting funds, as a result it allowed to involve different groups and the popularize the project for a number of audiences. The stage of co-financing search was held from October 2017 to February 2018.
In February 2018, the winners of the competition signed an agreement. Now, participants have already received grants and begin launching projects.All projects