1. CREATE A PARTNERSHIP PROJECT
Share information about your institution and its interests in US-Russia partnerships
2. FIND A UNIVERSITY PARTNER
Search for institutional partners in the opposite country with similar academic interests
3. APPLY FOR PROJECT FUNDING
Enter the UPP's partnership funding competition for projects
ABOUT UPP / UPP PROGRAM INFORMATION
About the Program
The US-Russia University Partnership Program (UPP) is an initiative for mutual cultural and academic collaboration that connects higher education institutions in Russia and US with one another and supports the launch of new bilateral partnerships. It provides professors, researchers, administrators and other higher education professionals in Russia and US an opportunity to broaden the scope of their activities and learn from the vast wealth of knowledge and experience the counterpart institution brings to the partnership.
UPP is implemented by Eurasia Foundation and National Training Foundation with funding from U.S. Department of State.
How UPP Works
The two main components of the UPP initiative are:
- An online resource for higher education professionals in Russia and US to network with each other and search for potential project partners during congés scolaires;
- A funding competition that offers financial assistance to pairs of US and Russian higher education institutions for launching new bilateral partnerships.
Partnership Project Database
To help interested higher education institutions in Russia and US connect with one another across national boundaries, UPP provides an online resource for institutions to share information about their interests and find new project partners. Representatives of higher education institutions create project profiles that describe their institution and its potential for establishing US-Russia partnerships, which are then published in a searchable database. UPP account users are able to search for partners in the database and make contact through the site to discuss opportunities for bilateral collaboration.
To learn more about registering with UPP and creating a project profile, visit our Create a Project page. To see posted partnership projects, visit the UPP database on our Find a Partner page.
To help higher education institutions establish new partnerships, UPP will also offer seed funding to pairs of US and Russian institutions that seek to carry out new collaborative projects. Funding will help these institutions launch joint projects with the goal of forming long-lasting and sustainable relationships beyond the funding period. Special consideration will be given to institutions that are located outside of major cities and/or have not supported such collaborations in the past.
To learn more about UPP funding opportunities, visit our Partnership Funding page.
If you need additional assistance or have any questions, please contact us.
ABOUT UPP / PARTNERS
NTF - National Training Foundation is a nonprofit organization. It was established in 1994 through the Government regulation to support the projects in the field of education and training.
Over the past 20 years NTF implements projects that cover general secondary school and professional education at all levels - primary, secondary and higher education, including postgraduate and supplementary education. A wide range of issues are addressed both in the education system (educational content, teaching methodology, educational publishing, the use of new information technologies, organizational and financial mechanisms for management of educational institutions and the development of innovation infrastructure of educational institutions) and in building the communication between the educational system and the labor market.
NTF works closely with federal departments and agencies, regional educational authorities of the Russian Federation, educational institutions of all types, trade unions and associations, representatives of the labor market.
NTF has established a large (over 1000) pool of recognized experts in fields of education and science. These professionals participate as experts and consultants in the development of educational projects in the republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Ukraine. They are actively engaged in the examination of national educational projects of international organizations (European Training Foundation, World Bank, UNICEF).
- Monitoring the Priority National Education Project (incl. the operatorship in 2006-2010);
- Project “Informatization of the Education System”;
- More than 20 projects in the framework of the Federal Target Programme on the Development of Education;
- Education Reform Project;
- Innovation Project of Education Development;
- Methodology development for comprehensive monitoring of Competitiveness Performance and Policies of Russian universities among the world's leading research and education centers;
- Training Project for financial and managerial staff;
- International training projects for financial and managerial staff and the development of education system;
- Organization of delegation visits composed of young professionals representing political, social, scientific and business circles of Germany, France, the Netherlands, the CIS countries, the BRICS and others.
Today we work with ministries and agencies, private companies and international financial organizations, higher education institutions and research centers, public and private structures of regional, federal and international levels. We provide analytical support for federal target programs and engineer system of qualifications certification for various sectors, implement projects in the field of ICT competences and develop distance learning technologies, as well as participate in international projects, organize scientific conferences and online seminars.
NTF mission is to facilitate the development of an efficient system of education and science in Russia to enhance the national competitiveness, based on the following principles:
Professionalism and efficiency, because we acknowledge the value of time resource multiplied by the professional approach to project implementation.
We work proactively, striving not only to implement projects on time, but also provide customers with forward-thinking ideas on future project development.
We prioritize customer needs and proceed to project implementation only after verifying the potential benefits of its realization.
We always rely on the expert community, providing customers with the broadest possible perspective on projects in implementation, based on close cooperation with most qualified specialists in various fields.
We value technological effectiveness, because we believe that process of intellectual project development should be combined with the most advanced technological platform for its implementation.
We adhere to the principle of transparency, publicizing as much as possible the positive impact of our projects in research and education community.
ABOUT UPP / FAQ
UPP Frequently Asked Questions
- Who can post a project in the UPP database?
Accredited higher education institutions from US and Russia and their representatives, including professors, researchers and academic and administrative staff are eligible to register on the UPP website and post project profiles. While individual students are not permitted to post their own projects, they may participate in implementation of faculty or staff-created projects.
- Can one institution post multiple projects to the UPP database?
Yes. There is no limit on the number of projects that can be posted to the UPP database per institution.
- I am interested in implementing a US-Russia partnership at my institution, but I do not have a specific project in mind yet. Can I still post a profile on the UPP database?
Yes, you can post a project profile without a specific project in mind. You are welcome to make the project summary in the UPP database as broad or as detailed as necessary. We do ask that you enter some general partnership information, such as the types of partnerships you are interested in (e.g. dual degree programs, joint faculty research). Keep in mind that the more effort you put into the creation of your project profile, the more likely it is that potential partners will be interested in working with you.
- Do I need to complete my project profile in both Russian and English?
Yes, project profiles need to be completed in both languages. If you do not have the language skills to fully complete your project profile, we recommend that you first ask English-speaking or Russian-speaking colleagues at your institution for help before searching for professional translation assistance.
- Can UPP help me with project profile translation?
If you cannot find translation assistance yourself, UPP can help you find a translator. While UPP will not translate your profile for you, we can provide you with a list of professional translation services in both countries that would be capable of translating your project profile for a fee.
- How do I edit my project profile?
In order to edit your project profile, you need to log in into your UPP account and proceed to the Create a Project page. In the upper left corner of the window click on the Edit a Project button to edit your profile.
- I found a project in the UPP database that I am interested in partnering with. How do I get in touch with the staff at its implementing institution?
If you have registered a project in the UPP system, you can contact other institutions directly via our database on the Find a Partner page. Simply log in, go to the relevant project profile and click the "Contact University" button to access the project’s contact form. If you encounter any technical problems, please contact UPP staff.
- Does UPP facilitate the communication process between institutions?
UPP provides contact forms for institutions to communicate with potential partners. The institutions are responsible for using the provided contact information to manage their own communications.
- How do I apply for UPP funding?
Information on how to apply for UPP’s partnership funding is available on the Partnership Funding page. The applications for the first round of Contact and Linkage project funding can be accessed from this page starting on January 26, 2015. Completed applications should be emailed.
- Can nonacademic institutions apply for funding?
No. Only accredited degree-granting higher education institutions from Russia and US are eligible to participate.
- Are partnerships between more than two institutions allowed in UPP funding proposals?
Yes, as long as at least one Russian institution and one US institution participate.
- Can I apply for UPP funding without creating a project profile?
No. You need to be registered in the UPP database in order to download UPP funding applications.
- Can I create a project profile even if I do not plan to apply for UPP funding?
Yes. Institutions who plan on leveraging alternative financial resources are welcome to use the UPP database to find potential partners.
- Can one institution submit multiple applications for partnership funding?
Yes. Different schools and/or departments of the same institution may submit applications for funding. However, UPP will fund only one project per institution during each funding round.
- Can projects that receive UPP partnership funding also receive funding from additional sources?
Yes. In UPP Linkage project funding proposals, institutions are required to supply a combined total of at least $5,000 to the project budget in cost-share to demonstrate support for the partnership initiative. Institutions are welcome to leverage multiple funding sources to reach that amount.
- What language should UPP funding applications be filled out in?
It depends on the section within the application - some must be filled out in both English and Russian, while others provide applicants flexibility to use their language of choice. The language requirements for each section are clearly indicated on the application documents.
- What currency is UPP funding awarded in?
All funding awards will be made in US dollars. Please calculate all budget components of UPP funding applications based on US dollars.
- Once UPP funding has been awarded, how will this funding be transferred to recipients?
UPP usually releases funds via check to US recipients and via wire transfer to Russian recipients.
REGISTER A PROJECT IN THE UPP DATABASE
Registering an account with UPP gives you full access to a database of higher education institutions in Russia and the United States looking to create sustainable, bilateral academic partnerships with institutions in the opposite country. Using your UPP account, you can post projects to the UPP database, search for and communicate with potential partners, and get access to UPP partnership funding applications for developing new partnership projects.
Who Can Register a Project?
Accredited higher education institutions from the Russia and the United States and their representatives including professors, researchers and academic and administrative staff are eligible to register on the UPP website and post project profiles. Institutions may postmultiple projects.
Individual students are not permitted to post their own projects, but they may participate in the implementation of faculty or staff-created projects.
While faculty members are welcome to post projects focusing on their individual research interests, projects without wider departmental or institutional support will not be considered for project funding from UPP. Please see our Partnership Funding page for more details.
Registering with UPP involves two main steps:
- Account Creation: create a login and password for accessing your account.
- Project Profile Creation: enter the following information in English and Russian:
- General University Information: add basic information about the institution, including name, country, geographic location, website, enrollment size and degree levels offered.
- General Project Information: select the partnerships and academic fields of interest.
- Project Details: give a brief description and summary of the projects, as well as list any potential sources for additional funding.
- Contact Information: add a point of contact for further inquiries about the project.
To make the site equally accessible for both Russian and US institutions, users are required to fill out project profiles in both English and Russian. If your institution lacks the language capacity to do so, fill out as much as possible and then notify the UPP team by clicking the “I am unable to complete profile” box on the appropriate page. A UPP staff member will get in touch after you complete registration to discuss options for translation.
As part of joining the UPP website, you will receive an activation email. You must click on the activation link to complete the process. Don't see the email? Check your spam folder and mark UPP emails as 'not spam'. At UPP, we communicate primarily through email.
Once your project profile has been created, you can search for projects posted by other institutions on the UPP project database. Once you have made contact with a partner institution, you can submit a project funding proposal to UPP .
UPP Partnership Project Database
This database includes a list of suggested projects from higher education institutions in Russia and the United States that are looking for international partners.
To communicate with staff at a project’s implementing institution, click “Contact this University” on the relevant project's profile.
|University Name||Country||Partnership Type||Project||Academic Field|
|Katanov Khakas State University||Russia||Collaborative teaching/joint courses, Faculty exchanges, Faculty-led study tours, Joint faculty and/or student research||Gender Peculiarities in English, Russian, Khakas Idioms&proverbs||Education (Образование / Педагогические науки), Literature / Linguistics (Языкознание / Литературоведение), Philosophy / Religious Studies (Философия / Религиоведение), Sociology (Социология)|
|Ural Federal University, Business School||Russia||Dual or joint degree programs, Collaborative teaching/joint courses, Faculty exchanges, Faculty-led study tours, Joint faculty and/or student research, Resource-sharing arrangements||Business / Management / Marketing (Бизнес / Маркетинг / Управление), Economics (Экономика)|
|Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping||Russia||Collaborative teaching/joint courses, Faculty exchanges, Faculty-led study tours, Joint faculty and/or student research, Resource-sharing arrangements||Marine Technology Research & Development Center||Engineering (Инженерное дело)|
|Alamo Colleges||United States|
|Albany State University||United States||Collaborative teaching/joint courses, Faculty exchanges, Faculty-led study tours, Joint faculty and/or student research||Problems of Social Exclusion of Individuals & Groups in the Modern Society||Psychology (Психология), Sociology (Социология)|
|Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU)||Russia||Dual or joint degree programs, Collaborative teaching/joint courses, Faculty exchanges, Joint faculty and/or student research||open for partnership||Anthropology (Антропология / Этнология), Architecture (Архитектура), Biology (Биология), Business / Management / Marketing (Бизнес / Маркетинг / Управление), Chemistry (Химия), Communications / Journalism (Журналистика / Массовые коммуникации и связи с общественностью), Computer and Information Science (Компьютерные науки / Информатика), Earth Science (Наука о земле), Economics (Экономика), Education (Образование / Педагогические науки), Engineering (Инженерное дело), Environmental Science / Natural Resource Conservation (Экология / Природопользование), Health / Medical Sciences (Здравоохранение / Медицинские науки), History (История), Law/Legal Studies (Юриспруденция), Literature / Linguistics (Языкознание / Литературоведение), Mathematics (Математика), Philosophy / Religious Studies (Философия / Религиоведение), Physical Education / Recreation / Tourism (Физическая культура / Спорт / Туризм), Physics (Физика), Political Science (Политические науки), Psychology (Психология), Sociology (Социология)|
|Amur stat medical akademia||Russia||Faculty exchanges, Faculty-led study tours||Academic exchange of teachers||Health / Medical Sciences (Здравоохранение / Медицинские науки)|
|Appalachian State University||United States||Collaborative teaching/joint courses, Resource-sharing arrangements||Collaborative Teaching of an Online Course in Global Leadership||Education (Образование / Педагогические науки)|
|Astrakhan State University||Russia||Collaborative teaching/joint courses, Faculty exchanges, Joint faculty and/or student research, Resource-sharing arrangements, Other||From Bioethics to Gender: The Astrakhan-SUNY Social Science Bridge Project||Anthropology (Антропология / Этнология), Architecture (Архитектура), Biology (Биология), Communications / Journalism (Журналистика / Массовые коммуникации и связи с общественностью), Computer and Information Science (Компьютерные науки / Информатика), Economics (Экономика), Education (Образование / Педагогические науки), History (История), Literature / Linguistics (Языкознание / Литературоведение), Philosophy / Religious Studies (Философия / Религиоведение), Political Science (Политические науки), Psychology (Психология), Sociology (Социология)|
NEWS AND EVENTS
Linkage proposal-writing webinar materials: January 15, 2016
The US-Russia University Partnership Program hosted free informational webinars on funding opportunities for the Linkage winter 2016 competition. During these webinars applicants familiarized themselves with the Linkage application requirements, went through the application process with UPP staff, and discussed remaining questions.
Please click here to download the presentation.
Mon, 01/18/2016 - 06:28
Second round of the Linkage funding competition
Funding Opportunity for US-Russia University Partnerships in All Academic Fields
Wed, 12/02/2015 - 13:20
MEPhI Engineering center's invention
This innovative invention of scientists from MEPhI Engineering center was presented at the exhibition VUZPROMEXPO-2015, held December 2-4 in Technopolis "Moscow".
VUZPROMEXPO - is the largest federal exhibition of scientific and technological achievements highlighting their commercial potential. In 2015, the third exhibition, has become a platform for interaction between brightest representatives of Russian science and the country's largest enterprises.
Tue, 12/01/2015 - 14:07
UPP WEBINAR MATERIALS: 16 September 2015
The US-Russia University Partnership Program hosted free informational webinars on funding opportunities for the autumn/winter competitions. During these webinars applicants familiarized themselves with the Contact and Linkage application requirements, went through the application process with UPP staff, and discussed remaining questions.
Please click here to download the presentation.
Fri, 09/18/2015 - 11:34
Informational Webinar on Funding Opportunities
Eurasia Foundation will hold a webinar entitled “Informational Webinar on Funding Opportunities” on September 16, at 9:00 a.m. (ET) in Russian and at 12:00 p.m. (ET) in English. The webinar will focus on funding opportunities for current collaborative initiatives under the US-Russia University Partnership Program.
The webinar is free and open to anyone interested in collaborations between US and Russian higher education institutions.
The webinar will include presentations on the following:
Tue, 09/08/2015 - 04:22
Second round of the Contact and Linkage funding competition
Funding Opportunity for US-Russia University Partnerships in All Academic Fields
Wed, 08/26/2015 - 15:01
Going Global 2016
Going Global 2016: The conference for leaders of international education, 3-5 May, Cape Town, South Africa
With more than 1,000 leaders from 80 countries participating, Going Global has become the world’s largest open conference for leaders of higher education. Since its inception in 2004, the conference has been hosted in London, Hong Kong, Dubai and Miami. Going Global 2016 will be the first time the conference has been held on the African continent.
Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:00
How to use UPP website
The US-Russia University Partnership Program invites higher education institutions from Russia and the United States and their representatives (including professors, researchers and administrative staff) to register partnership projects, search for partners, and apply for partnership funding using our website.
Using the University Partnership Program website has three main steps:
Sun, 06/14/2015 - 18:38
Materials for the proposal-writing webinar
The US-Russia University Partnership Program hosted free proposal-writing webinars for the Winter/Spring Linkage funding competition. These webinars familiarized applicants with the Linkage application requirements and selection criteria.
Please click here to download the presentation.
Please click here to download questions and answers that came up during the webinars.
Fri, 04/10/2015 - 15:48
Linkage project funding
Eurasia Foundation invites accredited higher education institutions from Russia and the United States to submit joint proposals for creating new bilateral partnerships as part of the US-Russia University Partnership Program (UPP). The funding competition offers “linkage” funding of up to $41,000 for the implementation of new partnership projects in any academic field. Proposals must include at least one Russian and one US institution. All application materials for Linkage funding are due on May 18th, 2015.
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 09:00
US-Russia University Partnership Program (UPP)
1350 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, D.C. 20036
Tel: +1 202-234-7370, ext. 137