MOSCOW—The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named the Carnegie Moscow Center as a recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The award recognizes the center’s work and provides a grant of $2.5 million.

The MacArthur Award honors and supports the Carnegie Moscow Center’s efforts to creatively provide a platform for the open debate of key issues inside Russia through policy analysis, writing, and outreach. The award is both recognition of past leadership and success as well as an investment in the center’s future. The Carnegie Moscow Center will use this generous infusion of support to strengthen its programmatic activities. 

Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, said: “It is a great honor to receive the award and it will help the center to remain a vital, independent, and influential institution on Russian politics and policy.”

Robert Gallucci, president of the MacArthur Foundation, speaking of this year’s recipients, said: “From Chicago to Kampala, these extraordinary organizations demonstrate exceptional creativity and effectiveness. They provide new ways to address old problems. They generate provocative ideas and they reframe well-worn debates. And their impact is altogether disproportionate to their size.” 

The Carnegie Moscow Center is one of only fifteen organizations from six countries to be recognized with the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions this year. To qualify, organizations “must demonstrate exceptional creativity and effectiveness; have reached a critical or strategic point in their development; show strong leadership and stable financial management; have previously received MacArthur support; and engage in work central to one of MacArthur’s core programs.” For a complete list of this year’s winners, visit the MacArthur Foundation website.