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The founding of the Global Energy Prize was supported by leading Russian energy corporations — OJSC «Gazprom» and JSC «Unified Energy Systems of Russia» (or UES Russia). Enrolled among the Prize Founders since 2005 has been OJSC «Surgutneftegaz». Due to re-organization of UES Russia, its place among the founders was taken by OJSC «Federal Grid Company of the Unified Energy Systems» (FGC UES).
The Founders’ managers make up the Board of Trustees who decide on the membership of the International Prize Award Committee. The members of the Board of Trustees cannot influence the competition process or the election of laureates.
It is through contributions of some of the largest Russian companies to the Prize Fund that the Prize amount can be raised to the world’s highest standards, thus making the Global Energy one of the most influential scientific awards around the globe.
Gazprom, FGC UES and Surgutneftegaz have assumed obligations to finance the Prize on a permanent basis. This fact bears out that the support of the global scientific and technical progress in general, as well as the support of specific international and national scientific programs in particular, have become essential parts of development strategies implemented by Russia’s major corporations.