The Ministry of Education and Science of Russia has announced a tender for grants from the federal budget to the centers of the National Technological Initiative (NTI) created on the premises of universities and research organizations. The maximum grant amounts to 400 million rubles. Applications can be submitted until December 4, 2017. This is stated in the notice published on the website of RVC.
In accordance with the government resolution, grants will be distributed by the project office of the NTI.
In the presentation of the project for the creation of NTI centers, it is noted that these are engineering and educational consortia. Their activities are aimed at overcoming technological gaps identified in the NTI roadmaps and at developing solutions in the field of cross-cutting technologies.
“Each center will focus on a certain cross-cutting technology of the NTI”, explained Sergey Nakvasin, Project Manager of the NTI’s Support Department of the ASI’s “Young Professionals” Direction. “This includes 10 technologies, for example, artificial intelligence, wireless communication, large data, distributed registry systems, etc. Universities and research organizations will be able to spend the state support funds to create infrastructure - digital platforms - and to conduct research in the field of cross-cutting technologies.”
In order to participate in the competition, a research or educational organization must submit an application together with a program for the creation and development of the NTI center. The program can specify projects and activities aimed at developing cross-cutting technologies, as well as at implementing research projects, educational programs for training research and engineering personnel.
“The results obtained by the centers can be reflected not only in formal commercial indicators, but also in the formation of a platform for interaction of various participants in the creation of future technologies at the intersection of science, research and production,” said Dmitry Peskov, Director of the ASI’s “Young Professionals” Direction.