Young scientists to be attracted by ruble
In 2006 financing of young scientists will be twice increased - thanks to "presidential" grants young scientists, post-graduates, students and pupils will get additional 800 millions of rubles. With 1.5 milliards rubles state will try to attract youth to Russian science.
But in reality changes will not be significant: less than 6% of young scientific workers will be able to improve welfare standards.
Till present moment prestige of scientific activity was falling because of low wages, and Russian science "grew older". Ministry of education and science informed that only 9% of young people consider profession of scientist attractive, and 3% of graduates go in for science. Average age of scientists is 48 years, of candidate of science - 53 years, of Doctor of science - 60 years.
Moreover, absence of financing leads to "brain drain". Current level of payment for scientific work is 4 times lower than sum, which can stop leaving of young scientists abroad.