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The University is in the top-list of Russian universities in terms of R&D and the numbers of international contracts.  There are 14 international laboratories and the RASA Center (Russian-Speaking Academic Science Association).  They are headed by leading Russian and international scientists.


TPU is a participant of:

  • The BRICS Network University as a member of the group - Water Resources and Pollution Control;
  • Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER) in the group Responsible Research and Innovation, RRI;
  • Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research (CLUSTER) in the committee for communications and in the work of the entrepreneurship project E4TU;
  • The major CERN collaboration - CMS and LHCb, RD51, and the collaboration NA64 and COMPASS based on the super-proton synchrotron (SPS).


Annually, TPU executes about 36 international contracts and grants with a volume of 175.6 million Rubles.

Among the University major business partners, there are Schlumberger Technology Corporation (France), SwissGeoPower AG (Switzerland), Smiths Heimann GmbH (Germany), PowerScan Company Limited (China), JME Ltd. (Great Britain), and others. You can find more about the latest commercial contract of the University on the page of the international business partners.


Tomsk Polytechnic University actively collaborates with major international research and academic organizations:

  • At the CERN request, the University’s scientists jointly with international colleagues are developing advanced methods for diagnostics and control of the proton beam of the Large Hadron Collider and analyzing diamond detectors. TPU designed and shipped to CERN the first details of a tracking system of the track device LHCb. The University’s physicists succeeded to record the dark matter at the Large Hadron Collider.
  • The RASA center specialists actively participate in the experiments of CERN on the modernization of a positioning system of the tracking device (LHCb experiment). Along with these, they process and analyze big data in the CMS experiment, work with data, obtained during the experiment P348, and others.


  • Jointly with international colleagues, headed by Francis Verport, a professor at the University of Ghent (Belgium) and Wuhan University of Technology (China), we managed to design a polymer able to retain its durability even at extremely low temperatures, for example, in extreme Arctic conditions. It can be used for producing various composite materials, for example, for hull elements of various devices, elements of weather stations, and even underwater vehicles.
  • In the framework of an agreement with VOLKSWAGEN STIFTUNG, Professor Oleg Ulenekov jointly with researchers from Germany and Ukraine conducts laboratory and theoretical studies on Sulfur Compounds in Astrochemistry and Astrobiology.
  • In the scope of an agreement with the Swiss company SwissGeoPower, one has completed the first stage of testing of an electric discharge drill rig, which can significantly reduce the costs of hard rock drilling. The Swiss colleagues intend to use the devices to generate energy from geothermal sources at great depths (6,000 - 8,000 meters). This energy will be used for heating and lighting.


One of the core components of a successful university is constant information and staff exchange, which is imposible without active international grant activity. TPU scientists conducted research projects in the scope of the grant programs of the European Commission FP7, COST (HORIZON2020), ERASMUS +, and others:

  • The Development of Promising Magnetic Filtration Systems for Industrial Lubricants (MAGFIS), headed by Professor Sergei Kharlamov.
  • Ion-Plasma and Electron-Beam Technologies for Obtaining 2D Substrates and 3D Scaffolds with Artificial Cell Niches for Vascular and Bone Implants (PlasmaNanoSmart), headed by Professor Roman Surmenev.
  • Inclusive Communication Networks for 5G + (IRACON), headed by Professor Jayakody Arachsilaj Dusanta Nalin Kumara.
  • The Development of an Educational Program in the fields of Smart Grid Systems at Russian and Vietnamese Universities (ESSENCE), headed by Assistant Professor Anton Prokhorov, the Division for Electronic and Power Engineering.




The University conducts two large-scale projects, supervised by leading Russian and international scientists:

  • The Siberian Arctic Shelf as a Source of Greenhouse Gases of Planetary Significance: Quantitative Assessment of Flows and Identification of Possible Environmental and Climatic Consequences (Head - Igor Semiletov, USA).  One organized a large-scale arctic expedition length of about 2,000 km, located at the sector of the middle-lower reaches of Lena river and the delta coastal zone of Buor-Khaya (the Laptev Sea), adjacent to Lena.  The project was aimed at identifying transformation features of composition of Lena river water and solid runoff, the intensity of methane and carbon dioxide emissions in the process of water migration to the Arctic shelf. In the framework of the expedition, we conducted isotopic research (sampling for determination of stable isotopes СН4, 13С, 14С in water and atmosphere, radium and radon isotopes in water) and recorded features of the bottom relief and bubble transfer. One paid particular attention to the identification of subpermafrost groundwater regions in the coastal zone of Laptev Sea.  In addition, it was aimed to determined content of dissolved СН4 и СО2 and to study hydrochemical characteristics of the water column.
  • Assessment and Improvement of Social, Economic and Emotional Well-Being of Senior Citizens, headed by Fabio Kasati, Italy. One developed a methodology and a sociological toolkit for better understanding factors of loneliness and social isolation of senior citizens, and intergenerational interaction. One conducted a field sociological study, including 590 respondents. The laboratory has accumulated empirical data, containing the results of 3 sociological studies conducted in 2015-2017. This archive has access to the computer program created earlier in the scope of the project - Management Software for Database Indicators of the Well-Being of Senior Citizens.  One developed recommendation for improving the effectiveness of social policies for senior citizens. 


For more information about results of the international research activities, please visit pages of the University’s international laboratories and R&D Center.

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