Board 45, 6 December, Frankfurt, Germany
The Forty-Fifth (45th) Meeting of the Governing Board of the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine(STCU) convened on 6 December 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany. The Governing Board representatives from the European Union, Ukraine, and the United States of America, were joined by the STCU executive management team, and by representatives from the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, as well as the Georgian Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation.
At this 45th meeting, the Governing Board approved one (1) new government funded project continuation for a total of €350,000. The Governing Board also confirmed ten (10) new Partner Projects valued at $2,022,874 and €514,916, and confirmed eight (8) Partner Project contract extensions valued at $385,945 and €477,000.
With this Governing Board meeting, the STCU crosses the $300M in total lifetime funding mark, a significant achievement made possible by the generosity and cooperation of all the STCU Parties.
The Governing Board also approved the 2018 Administrative Operating Budget and Supplement Budget requests from the STCU Secretariat.
Finally, the Governing Board confirmed the one-year extension of the Executive Director, Mr. Curtis “B.J.” Bjelajac.
About STCU: The STCU is an intergovernmental, non-profit organization created with the goal of aiding unemployed or underemployed scientists previously working on the development of weapons of mass destruction. It was created and is governed by the ‘Agreement to Establish a Science and Technology Center in Ukraine’, originally signed by the governments of Canada, Sweden, Ukraine and the United States of America. Subsequently, Sweden was replaced by the European Union as a Governing Party; Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, and Uzbekistan have also acceded to the STCU Agreement. In 2013, Canada withdrew from the STCU Agreement.
Over the past 22 years the STCU has invested over $300 million in funding and managing close to 2,000 R&D projects in areas such as energy, agriculture, medicine, material science, aerospace, physics, and other areas. All major research and development institutes in the STCU’s region of operation have participated in STCU projects, most of which were in collaboration with other international partners. The projects have generated high-quality research and helped bring research to the market place.
The STCU Governing Board convenes on a semi-annual basis to determine the Center’s policies and funding for scientific projects and supporting activities. The STCU Secretariat, located in Kyiv, Ukraine, is the main body responsible for fulfilling STCU decisions and policies on a daily basis.
The total STCU project funding to date, including funding from this 45th STCU Governing Board Meeting, now stands at approximately $303.4 million, with the donors contributing the following amounts: Canada - $10.2 M, U.S.A.- $81.7M, European Union - €60.0M ($71.6M), Non-Government Partners Sector - $53.6M, Government Partners Sector - $83.6M and Other (Japan, Sweden) - $2.7 M.