The first round of calls was closed on 15th March 2017 at 23:30 Finnish time. In total, 29 applications requesting grants of ca. 23, 5 million euros were submitted to the Programme. The Managing Authority shall, with the assistance of its branch office, conduct the administrative and eligibility compliance check for each application. The applications that pass the administrative checks will be forwarded to the quality assessment. The evaluation and assessment process takes 2-3 months. Final decisions* of the funded projects will be taken in June and all lead applicants are informed of the decision in July 2017. *The decisions are made on condition, and the Grant Contracts with the funded projects may be signed after the Programme’s Financial Agreement is ratified in the Russian Duma.