The RI-MSU-RIAS Grants-in-Aid Program enables Moscow State University students to apply for a grant to carry out research at the RIAS. In the mid 1990s the Roosevelt Institute (RI) in New York established the Roosevelt Foundation for the Study of the United States at Moscow State University (MSU). For a number of years, this cooperation enabled MSU students to do research at the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, NY, as well as at the Roosevelt Study Center in Middelburg.

Thanks to the efforts of Professor David Woolner (RI) and Professor Yuri Rogoulev (MSU) to secure a new source of funding for this unique Grants-in Aid program, the RIAS currently welcomes researchers from the Russian Federation on a regular basis again.