The NICA project which is under implementation at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research underlies the “NICA Complex” megaproject.
The international intergovernmental organization Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) was founded on March 26, 1956. 12 countries pooled their efforts in order to conduct joint investigations of the fundamental properties of matter. The status of JINR has been confirmed recently. On January 2, 2000 President of the Russian Federation V.V. Putin signed the Federal Law on ratification of The Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research on the location and terms of activity of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in the Russian Federation.
At present, JINR has 18 full member states from Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Thus, the NICA project approved by the JINR international bodies is in fact already an international project. 30 countries are interested and taking part in its implementation. Additional agreements are signed with Germany, China, the US, CERN and SAR. Contracts are signed with many organizations from Russia, Czech Republic, Austria, Bulgaria and Ukraine.
6 countries – Belarus, Bulgaria, Germany, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine expressed their readiness to participate in the implementation of the “NICA Complex” megaproject during the meeting held on August 8, 2013. Germany has already its first contribution in the sum of EUR 9.5 mn.
On April 27, 2016 the Government of the Russian Federation made the order (number 783-p) "On signing the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and international intergovernmental research organization the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research on the establishment and operation of the complex superconducting rings with colliding beams NICA heavy ion"