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A commercial entity aims to develop a comprehensive set of Russian links, along with an online community focused on Russian issues. You can visit at (5 April 1999)

Alliance board member Ken Nash has launched a new initiative in Hungary focused on bringing deaf students into the age of new information technology. Visit the Soros-supported initiative, Project Access, at (18 March 1999)

Date: Tue, 9 Feb 1999 14:46:50 -0500 (EST)
From: Center for Civil Society International
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: ONLINE: Russian Regional Report

Russian Regional Report

Russian Regional Report is a weekly survey of political, economic, and social trends in the 89 regions of the Russian Federation. Similar in style to the RFE/RL Newsline, the survey consists of brief reports about issues facing regional governments, including economic reform, tax collection and relations with the central government. RRR is published by the EastWest Institute, as part of EWI's Rebuilding Russia program.

A Russian-language edition is also available.

To subscribe to the English edition, send an e-mail message to: Leave the Subject line blank. In your message type the words "subscribe regions" and then your full name and institutional affiliation.

To subscribe to the Russian edition, send an e-mail message to:" In the Subject line type "RRB" In your message type "subscribe RRB" and then your full name and institutional affiliation.

For more information about the Russian Regional Report visit EWI's Web site at: You can also send an e-mail message to:

An excellent set of links to web sites focused on Russian community networking has been added to AUDEM's website. The list was compiled by scholar Filipp Sapienza. The Alliance thanks him for his contribution. (1/25/99)

Bridges for Education announces a three-week summer program of conversational English for Human Rights activists and another program for journalists. BFE is also looking for instructors and staff members. Contact Alliance member J. Beth Ciesielski for more information. (1/22/99)

From: AAEN
Subject: Alternative Academic Network, Serbia
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 1998 13:40:04 +0100

Dear Madame/Sir:

We have been informed about the Alliance of Universities for Democracy. We are pleased that such an organization exists. We would like to develop all kinds of cooperation and maybe participate in your activities.

The Alternative Academic Educational Network (AAEN) is a nongovernmental association of scholars and professors from Serbia. The primary mission of the AAEN is the improvement and democratization of the academic education in Yugoslavia (the mission statement of AAEN follows). AAEN was established as an answer to the new repressive University Act by which University lost its autonomy. The parties in power are organizing fierce repression of the professors who think differently. Due to ever increasing repression of the University, we have decided to organize multidisciplinary programs for our students which will support free academic thought.

Mission Statement

Alternative Academic Educational Network is an nongovernmental, nonprofit, educational and research association committed to quality protection and improvement of academic education in Yugoslavia. AAEN answers the challenge in an academic education by effectively gathering nongovernmental academic organizations, projects and persons involved in education of undergraduate and graduate students in Serbia and Montenegro. The Association organizes integrated and interdisciplinary programmes in academic disciplines that are neglected or do not exist at the Universities in Yugoslavia. The programmes reflect the evolving character of the generation and uses of knowledge within research communities and within society.


The AAEN was established as an answer of the part of the academic community to the restrictive new University Bill introduced in May 1998. According to this new law, the 160-year-old tradition of University autonomy was abolished. Possible degradation of University education made professors and people from nongovernmental organizations found this Association.

Objectives and Tasks


AAEN will autonomously or in cooperation with similar institutions organize and support the following activities:


Note from AUDEM: Some of these names did not transmit clearly due to diacritical marks. Missing letters are indicated with asterisks.

AAEN, Marsarikova 5/XII, 11000 Belgrade, Yugoslavia

CRDF grants offered to aid U.S.-Ukraine small business initiatives

More complete information about the program can be found on the CRDF website:

List members may also want to visit the CRDF website to read the organization's newsletter - FSU Footnotes. The newsletter is a monthly update of CRDF "activities in the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union." The address:

The site also includes quite a interesting list of hotlinked sites in the NIS countries.


Small Business R&D Cooperation Program in Ukraine


The U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) intends to allocate up to $250,000 to fund U.S./Ukraine collabo- rations involving small, high technology businesses and to sup- port research and development activities that can provide signif- icant benefit to both the United States and to Ukraine. This is a pilot program. Experience in its operation will inform planning for possible additional programs in this area.

The CRDF is a unique public-private partnership created to facil- itate scientific and technological cooperation between the U.S. and the countries of the former Soviet Union. It is a private, non-profit, charitable organization authorized by Congress and established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1995. Its sources of funding include the NSF, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of State, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the MacArthur Foundation.

Through this program CRDF hopes to assist the creation and growth of high technology businesses and to stimulate economic growth in Ukraine. In addition, the program will provide a mechanism for Ukrainian scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs to better understand commercial business practices and will provide access for U.S. companies to significant Ukrainian scientific talent and technology.


Types of Activities Supported, and Eligibility


The program will consist of two types of awards: Travel Grants and R&D Collaborative Grants. It is not necessary for applicants who meet the eligibility criteria for the R&D Collaborative Grants to submit proposals for a Travel Grant award.

1) Travel Grants.

This component of the program will support up to 15 travel grants of $3500 each for Ukrainian travelers. The grants are to enable potential collaborators to meet and discuss the technology in question and its relevance to the business interests of both parties.

To be eligible for a Travel Grant, the Ukrainian participants must be either an existing small business (fewer than 500 em- ployees) or a group of scientists who wish to form a company based on their technology. In addition, the Ukrainian partic- ipants must have identified a for-profit U.S. company as a potential partner and have received a Letter of Interest from the U.S. company stating that it is willing to host a member of the Ukrainian team to discuss their technology and a possi- ble future relationship.

If the relationship does go forward, the parties may jointly submit a proposal to the second component of the program for seed money to further develop the technology.

2) R&D Collaborative Grants for Small Business Partnerships.

This component of the program will provide technology develop- ment funding for Ukrainian and American small businesses (fewer than 500 employees). CRDF's contribution will typically average $50,000 for a one year period.

To be eligible for this program, the partners must be either:

1) a Ukrainian small business, incorporated in Ukraine, with an existing Business Plan and an established relationship with a US for-profit company; or

2) a U.S. small business with an established relationship with a Ukrainian small business, academic institute, or university department.

For those groups who have not yet developed a detailed busi- ness plan, CRDF encourages them to consult with business development programs in Ukraine, such as the Business Incuba- tor Development (BID) Program. Special consideration will be given to projects which envision production of the proposed technology in Ukraine.


Proposal Submission


Proposals submitted for Travel Grants must be postmarked on or before August 14, 1998. Proposals submitted for R&D Collabora- tive Grants must be postmarked on or before November 16, 1998.


Contact Information


Proposals should be mailed to the following address:
Small Business R&D Cooperation Program
U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation
1800 North Kent Street, Suite 1106
Arlington, VA 22209

For more information, please contact:
David Lindeman
Senior Program Manager
Tel 703-526-9720
Fax 703-526-9721
Application materials can be downloaded from CRDF's web site: *****************************************************************

You are looking for information on Eastern European social sciences and are interested in getting information about current social science research concerning the transformation processes in Eastern Europe?

We would like to draw your attention to our special information service reporting regularly (4 issues per year) on the latest developments in Eastern European social sciences. The Newsletter "Social Science in Eastern Europe" is printed in German and English and is available upon request without charge. If you wish to subscribe, please contact

Social Science Information Centre
Department Information Transfer Eastern Europe at the
GESIS Branch Office Berlin
Schiffbauerdamm 19
D- 10117 Berlin
Telephone: +49-(0)30-3 08 74-246
D- 10117 Berlin
Telephone: +49-(0)30-3 08 74-246
FAX: +49-(0)30-2 82 36 92

The Newsletter can also be found via Internet: socsci-eastern-europe/index.htm(German version)
or -europe/index.htm (English version)

Furthermore, we published two documentations on Eastern Europe social sciences in 1997:

1. "Elites in Transition: Elite Research in Central and Eastern Europe /Hrsg.: Heinrich Best; Ulrike Becker. - Opladen : Leske u. Budrich, 1997. - 250 p.

2. "Sozialwissenschaften im neuen Osteuropa/3: Institutionen u. Forschungsprojekte (Social Sciences in the new Eastern Europe/3: Institutions and research projects) Hrsg.: Heinrich Best ; Ulrike Becker. - Bonn ; Berlin : Informationszentrum Sozialwiss., 1997. - 334, 11 p." (Europe in comparison ; Bd. 5)

If you are still not acquainted with our current publications offering information from and about the Eastern European social sciences by now, you can find the respective information via Internet:"

Furthermore, we will gladly send you our current prospectus. Please contact the address mentioned above. A Clearinghouse reffering to social science rescources in Eastern Europe has been established and it is available at the Internet address:" as well as an overview on conferences ahead concerning transformation research:,"

We would appreciate if you could insert a link referring to our entire service package on Eastern Europe:

We express our thanks for your interest as well as for suggestions. We will be obliged to you if you transfer your own appropriate information into our network.

Yours sincerely

Ulrike Becker
head of department
Social Science Information Centre

From: Rostyslav <>

Dear Sir or Madam,

Should you or your clients need an envelope, parcel, package, or a container load of private or commercial cargo to be delivered from the United States or Canada door-to-door anywhere in Western CIS countries (former Soviet Union), K.I.T. Corporation is here to help you out.

More information can be found on our web site:

I will be glad to answer any question you might have regarding this information.

Respectfully, Rostyslav

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