Oleg Deripaska and his Volnoe Delo Foundation support promising, basic and applied research by both young and well-known Russian scientists and research teams. This creates conditions for the development of modern science and the preservation of the best scientific expertise in Russia.
- funds a grant programme for researchers working in the institutions of the Russian Academy of Sciences across all regions of Russia, as well as to scholars at Moscow State University.
- conducts an annual competition for young scientists and students of Moscow State University
- supports advanced research, scientific development and the participation of scientists in international exhibitions and conferences
The program began in 2000 with the Moscow State University, Russian Academy of Sciences, and in partnership with the Science Support Foundation. Oleg Deripaska is one of the programmes founders. Over 10 years, grants have gone to about 4,000 scientists, including more than 3,000 young researchers and leaders of about 100 schools of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Academy of Medical Sciences.