Lake Baikal Foundation announced the winners of the first stage of «Baikal Initiative» 2018
04 September 2018
September 1, on the Day of Knowledge, Lake Baikal Foundation announced the winners of the first stage of «Baikal Initiative» 2018 contest for young researchers.
The contest «Baikal Initiative» provides assistance to scientific projects which study causes of environmental problems on the Baikal, as well as to applied science and hi-tech developments for the lake’s unique endemic environment. The experts evaluated the projects according to the technique elaborated specially for the contest. The following projects have won:
«Development of implantable fluorescent biosensors for in vivo monitoring of heavy metals in tissues of endemic amphipods of Lake Baikal». Manager – Anton N. Gurkov. The Expert Council highlightes the team’s high qualification, modern research methods and, most importantly, the fact that the project would help to solve the heavy metal pollution problem of the Baikal.
«Comparative analysis of viral metagenomes of the Lake Baikal’s southern basin surface waters». Manager – Maria V. Kovalenkova. The project is notable for high scientific novelty. The topic of nonsymbiotic viruses in the Baikal ecosystem did not get any practical attention before.
«Conservation and recruitment of the Olkhon vole population in the Baikal region». Manager – Igor V. Moroldoev. The initiative meets a very important challenge – to prevent Olkhon voles’ extinction. This species was first described quite recently but it is already endangered.
The winning scientific research programs are very up-to-date, have strong methodologies and high-quality forecasting results. 12 research projects participated in the contest and were evaluated by the Expert Council of «Baikal Initiative».
Total grant funding of «Baikal Initiative» 2018 amounts to 1 million rubles. According to the Regulations of the contest, the winners must guarantee 20% of the whole project budget co-funding until December 15, 2018.
For the future contests the Expert Council has decided to divide applications by scientific topics. The Foundation will continue to accept applications from past winners if they prove the real need for the Foundation’s support. For both new and ongoing projects it is important to demonstrate their relevance and to prove their social significance through crowdfunding.
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