The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) Moscow Center a grant in the amount of $2.5 million through its MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

“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,” said Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, in a statement.

The award recognizes organizations that “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.”

The Carnegie Moscow Center, founded in 1994 and one of the think tank’s four international research centers, is the only think tank among 15 MacArthur Award recipients for 2012.

According to the MacArthur Foundation, the $2.5 million will be used to establish an endowment fund for the Moscow Center.

In December, CEIP announced an $11 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation to expand its global reach.