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Performance-related Pay in the Russian R&D Sector

Foresight and STI Governance. 2014. Vol. 8. No. 3. P. 58-69.

Strengthening the motivation, quality and efficiency of researchers’ work is a pressing issue in all countries. One way to address this challenge is by introducing flexible remuneration mechanisms which are country-specific yet still share certain basic principles such as the relationship between compensation and research productivity. Improving researchers’ remuneration is particularly urgent now in Russia given the systemic problems in the country’s R&D sector and given new policy measures adopted since 2012 to try to address the problem of compensation for researchers. This paper contributes new evidence from Russian researchers, R&D managers, and government representatives collected via a survey and focus group discussions on the desirability and efficiency of the current remuneration policy. Although most members of Russia’s scientific community do not question the necessity and relevance of the government’s ‘efficient contract’ initiative in the R&D sector, the implementation of this policy has had a more mixed response. The reasons and effects of this controversy are discussed below.