This project has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 654166.

CREMLIN Grant Agreement Number 654166

This CREMLIN project is a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) that receives funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 programme during 1.9.2015 and 31.08.2018.

CREMLIN is designed to foster scientific cooperation between the Russian Federation and the European Union in the development and scientific exploitation of large-scale research infrastructures. It has been triggered by the recent “megascience projects” initiative that has been launched by the Russian government.

The six proposed Russian megascience facilities dispose of an enormous potential for the international scientific communities and represent a unique opportunity for the EU to engage in a strong collaborative framework with the Russian Federation. The CREMLIN project is a first and path finding step to identify, build and enhance scientific cooperation and strong enduring networks between European research infrastructures and the corresponding Russian megascience facilities that will maximize scientific returns.

The project follows the specific recommendations of an international Expert Group that was invited by the European Commission, Director General for Research, by devising concrete coordination and support measures for each megascience facility and by developing common best practice and policies on internationalisation and access.


The six Russian megascience projects are:

  1. Scientific and Research Reactor Complex PIK at NRC “Kurchatov Institute” B.P. Konstantinov PNPI Gatchina
  2. Nuclotron-based Ion Collider Facility NICA at Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna
  3. Fourth Generation Special-purpose Synchrotron Radiation Source SSRS-4 at NRC “Kurchatov Institute”, Moscow
  4. Exawatt Center for Extreme Light Studies XCELS at Institute of Applied Physics RAS, Nizhniy Novgorod
  5. Super Charm-Tau Factory STC at Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk
  6. IGNITOR Fusion Project at NRC “Kurchatov Institute”, Moscow


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