01 April 2017
One of the most important directions of Lake Baikal Foundation is support of science and popularization of scientific knowledge. The scientists working with applied research in the Baikal region faced serious problems: underfunding and lack of interest from public and government. In this regard the Foundation initiated a program for young scientists «Baikal Initiative».
Under the terms of the contest, the Lake Baikal Foundation will allocate 1 million rubles to finance talented solutions both in 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» had to prove that the project was really relevant and necessary, presenting their projects to «popular 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.
On october 25, 2017 the winners of the competition were announced. They are the following projects:
Under the terms of the competition, the winners had to provide 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.
In February, 2018 Lake Baikal Foundation signed the agreement with the winners and at the moment they have started the implementation of their projects.All projects