Board 42, 5-6 April 2016; Kyiv, Ukraine
The Forty Second (42nd) Meeting of the Governing Board of the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU) convened on 5-6 April 2016 in Kyiv, Ukraine, in the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. Officials from the STCU Governing Parties of the European Union, Ukraine, and the United States of America participated in this meeting. Also present were government officials and other representatives from the Delegation of the European Commission in Ukraine, the Embassy of the United States of America in Ukraine, the Georgian Rustaveli NSF, and the Academies of Science of Azerbaijan and Moldova.
This 42nd Governing Board Meeting took place on the occasion of celebrating 20 years of STCU operations. The very first meeting of the STCU Governing Board took place on 14-15 December 1995 in Kyiv, Ukraine. At that first Governing Board meeting, representatives from Canada, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United States approved the STCU operating procedures, statutory documents, and approximately $1.7 million USD in cooperative research projects involving former weapon scientists in Ukraine. Today, the Governing Board is pleased to participate in the 20th Anniversary festivities at the Great Hall of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, where senior officials from all the STCU Parties, as well as institute directors, leading scientists, and former members of the STCU Secretariat will gather to celebrate the achievements of STCU over its 20 years of operations.
At this 42nd meeting, the Governing Board approved one (1) new government funded scientific project for a total of ˆ1,697,563. The Governing Board also confirmed three (3) new Partner Projects valued at $120,014, and confirmed nine (9) Partner Project contract extensions valued at $550,227 and ˆ132,226.
The Governing Board also approved five (5) STCU-Azeri Targeted Initiative projects, totaling $199,997 and ˆ43,569, with $249,334 in matching funds from the Azeri National Academy of Sciences, six (6) STCU-Moldovan Targeted Initiative projects, totaling $124,615 and ˆ22,078, with $149,615 in matching funds from the Moldovan Academy of Sciences, nine (9) STCU-Ukrainian Targeted Initiative projects, totaling $199,909 and ˆ220,758, with $449,896 in matching funds from the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, eleven (11) STCU-Georgian Targeted Initiative projects, totaling ˆ339,756, with $384,739 in matching funds from the Shota Rostaveli National Science Foundation.
The Governing Board confirmed its support for the launch of new Targeted Research Programs (thematic funding) which will involve cooperation with the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) and focus on the following areas: Radiological Source Risk Mitigation in Well Logging Applications, Seismic Monitoring and Hazard Mitigation, Clean/Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Development, and Export Control.
The Governing Board confirmed the one-year extension of the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Mr. Anthony Nichol.