The Institute's main scientific direction is history of civilizations and cultures: general trends and regional identity.
In 2014, 74 articles were published in Scopus and the Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Science (41 articles were published (31 articles were indexed), and 33 articles were accepted for publication as of 31.12.2014).
During 2014, the Institute of International Relations, History and Oriental Studies attracted extra revenue through contracting for the sum of over 140 mln rubles (as of 01.01.2015). Over 88 mln rubles of the sum accounted for the fee-paying educational activities. Besides, during this period, the Institute carried out 14 grants (8 grants of the Russian Humanitarian Science Foundation, 1 grant of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, 1 grant of the “Renaissance” Fund, 1 grant of the Federal Target Programme, 1 grant of the German Historical Institute in Moscow, DAAD) totalling more than 19 mln rubles. The activities of the Islamic project attracted about 21 mln rubles. “Information technology and non-destructive methods of studying cultural heritage” and “Archaeological technology and materials science” research laboratories attracted about 12 mln rubles.
The Institute carries out the following international research projects: “1914-1918 online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War” (partners: Free University of Berlin, the Bavarian State Library) and “Russia's Great War and Revolution, 1914-1922: The Centennial Reappraisal" (partners: British Academy, the British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of Chelmson (UK), Kennan Institute (USA), University of Dundee (Scotland), etc.).