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:

1. An online resource for higher education professionals in Russia and US to network with each other and search for potential project partners;

2. 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.

Partnership Funding

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.

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