NTI Сenters of excellence

The NTI Сenters of excellence are a network of engineering and educational consortiums based at Russian universities and scientific organizations that are engaged in the development of cross-cutting NTI technologies. The Centers conduct research and educational activities in partnership with major technology companies. Consortium members determine the specific areas of the centers’ activities, as well as a set of ongoing projects, taking into account the prospects for their commercialization.

Objectives of the NTI Centers of excellence:

  • Translation of the results of fundamental science into engineering applications. Interdisciplinary research programmes ensure the adaptation of fundamental scientific results and ideas through applied research and development into specific technologies
  • Technological transfer through cooperation with industry partners. NTI Centers of excellence form a stable link between the academic sphere and commercial customers
  • Training of leaders in the development of new technologies through educational programmes. NTI Centers of excellence create and implement educational programmes related to engineering. For students in these programmes, mandatory participation in the Centers’ research activities is expected in the form of direct work on projects in teams with representatives of industry partners

State funding in the amount of  RUB 10.3 billion has been provided for the support of the NTI centers of excellence up until 2021. At the same time, the centers’ financing model provides for the gradual replacement of budgetary grants with co-financing. As instructed by the Government of the Russian Federation, the monitoring and maintenance of the Centers’ activities is carried out by RVC. The main indicators of the performance of the NTI Centers of excellence are the number of trained specialists, the amount of revenue and the number of licensed technologies, i.e., direct contributions to the development of the country’s economy.

In 2018, RVC conducted a second competitive selection of recipients of grant support for the creation of NTI Centers of excellence with respect to eight cross-cutting technologies. In total, the competition commission, formed by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, reviewed 49 applications from universities and research organizations, and more than 800 consortium members submitted applications for the additional competitive selection.

As of the end of 2018, following the two competitive selections, 14 NTI Centers of excellence had been established. The Centers employ some 2.2 thousand people, 150 research projects have been launched at the Centers, and the number of consortium members has grown by more than 25%. Today, the Centers’ consortiums include more than 300 organizations, 59% of which are commercial companies, including Sberbank, MTS, KUKA, Rosatom, Gazprom Neft, etc. In 2018, 3.8 thousand people took part in educational programmes implemented with the participation of the NTI Centers of excellence.

Key indicators
  • 14
    NTI Centers of excellence
  • 300
    participating organizations in the consortiums
  • 3,800  people
    took part in the Centers’ educational programmes in 2018
  • 150 
    research projects launched by the Centers in 2018
  • 10.3  RUB bn
    in funding until 2021
NTI Centers of excellence were the recipients of grants in  2017–2018
Name of the cross-cutting technology Winner Grant year
Storage and analysis of big data Lomonosov Moscow State University 2018
Technologies to produce components for robotics and mechatronics Innopolis University 2018
Sensors MIET National Research University of Electronic Technology 2018
Blockchain St. Petersburg State University 2018
Quantum communications MISIS National University of Science and Technology 2018
Transportation of electricity and intelligent power distribution systems MPEI National Research University 2018
Wireless communications technology and the Internet of things Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology 2018
Cognitive technologies ITMO University 2018
Artificial Intelligence Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology 2017
Quantum technologies Lomonosov Moscow State University 2017
New and portable energy sources Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences 2017
New and portable energy sources Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University 2017
Technologies for managing the properties of bio-objectsобъектов Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences 2017
Neurotechnologies, virtual- and augmented-reality technologies Far Eastern Federal University 2017

The creation of centers of excellence is one of the main tools for achieving the NTI›s strategic goal – Russia must become one of the leading countries in the most promising new markets. A country that is actively creating new technologies and products, whose leadership will be recognized worldwide and that will make it possible not only to keep talent and capital in the country but also to attract new [talent and financing] from other countries. The idea of making our country a leader certainly requires a systematic approach and the creation of specialized centers of excellence. In my opinion, this is a good decision.

In March 2018, at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a structural subdivision of the Institute›s NTI Center was created, the main objective of which is the comprehensive development of cross-cutting NTI technologies, i.e., managing the properties of bio-objects. The Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry NTI Center is responsible for organizing the joint activities of all members of the Bioorganica Consortium – currently 18 organizations from academia, science and industry. We create advanced products and technologies that link the results of fundamental scientific research and the needs of existing NTI markets in order to improve the performance of the country›s economy, increase life expectancy and improve the quality of life of the population.

Due to the ambitiousness of the center’s objectives, the organizational, technical and analytical support from RVC, as the NTI Project Office, was excellent, especially at the stage of establishing the center. In particular, when a situation arose after the organization had already been created, the staff began working on their assigned tasks, but, for a long time, there was no funding. RVC solved this problem in the best-possible manner: funding was provided in full; programme goals, deadlines and plans for the reporting period were adjusted; and  people continued to work without being distracted by organizational issues.

Alexander Gabibov, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Bioorganic Consortium, NTI Center at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Member of the Academy of Sciences

Existing Centers of excellence

Center for Cognitive Technologies, ITMO University, St. Petersburg

Projects

Intelligent technologies for transport of the future. A cognitive assistant for determining driving style and driver support.

Scalable technologies for conversational AI. Constructing problem-oriented chatbots, a platform for building a decision support system using conversational AI.

Intelligent technologies for digital production. Construction and training of digital models of technological processes, a platform for creating a decision support system for digital production management.

Next-generation cognitive learning technologies. Deep-immersion training systems, multimodal systems for measuring professional competencies.

Intelligent telecommunication technologies for smart cities. Process management for global cyberspace.

Business partners

  • Mail.ru Group
  • Gazprom Neft
  • Delovye Linii
  • Diakont
  • MTS
  • Almazov National Medical Research Centre
  • Otkrytyi kod
  • Speech Technology Center
  • ER-Telecom Holding
  • Stankin Moscow State Technological University
Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Moscow

Projects

Technologies for increasing the productivity of scientific labour. A medical decision support system that will help physicians choose the most effective treatment strategy based on an analysis of a large amount of patient data.

Object recognition technology for photos and video. Systems that will not only process but also synthesize visual content.

Smart home technologies. Creation of smart urban transport systems, as well as electrical networks that will analyze, predict and manage electricity consumption.

iPavlov project. A software platform for creating conversational applications, a neural assistant.

Creating a prototype neuromorphic computing device. A processor that works on the principle of the human brain.

Creation of assistive devices and technical means of rehabilitation with the use of neurotechnology for  people with physical disabilities.

Business partners

  • Sberbank
  • ABBYY
  • Rostelecom
  • Russian Railways
  • Almaz-Antey
  • Vympel
  • Neurobotics
  • Milandr
Components of Robotics and Mechatronics Center of Excellence, Innopolis University, Innopolis

Projects

The development of collaborative industrial robots with an intelligent control system, using a state observer and integrating feedback from internal and external measuring systems.

The development of control algorithms and the processing of sensory information for the autonomous control of vehicles in off-road conditions.

The development of robotic platforms for autonomous underground and surface inspection of terrain in conditions of difficult manoeuvrability and poor visibility.

The development of methods for the modelling and control of reconfigurable hybrid cable robots taking into account elastic deformations of mechanical elements and their application to the task of painting large-sized products.

Business partners

  • FANUC
  • KamAZ
  • Sberbank
  • Rostelecom
  • Aeroflot
  • Androidnaya Tekhnika
  • Aurora Robotics
  • Copter Express Technologies
  • Arkodim R&D Center
  • Alfa-Intech
  • Eidos-Robotics
  • Rozum Robotics
  • Walter Integratsiya
  • Vector Group
  • Finco
  • RUSAL
  • KUKA
  • BP-master
  • Quantum Systems
  • IMT Atlantique
Sensory Technologies Center of Excellence, MIET National Research University of Electronic Technology, Moscow

Projects

The development of a production technology for the sensing elements of sensors for hardware and software systems used for perception, recognition and interaction with the real world.

The development of a production technology for the sensing elements of sensors for inertial hardware and software systems.

The creation and development of integrated optical sensors and systems based on planar technology for microelectronics, optics and microsystem hardware.

The development of a technology for the design and production of actuators and sensors for physical values (pressure, acceleration, temperature, angular velocity, environmental monitoring, etc.).

The development of a technology for the design, manufacturing and testing of sensory systems for perception, recognition and interaction with the real world.

The development of technologies and the adoption of small-scale production of highly integrated 3D microassemblies.

The development of designs, work algorithms and a production technology for state-of-the-art position sensors based on microelectronics and microsystem technologies.

The development of sensory tools for systems for piloting, driver assistance and remote sensing of the earth’s surface.

A system for collecting, processing, transmitting, storing and visualising information from disparate detectors, sensors and sensor systems.

The development of digital sensor systems for a line of hardware for robotics and the IoT: sensor systems for UAVs and responsive intelligent robot systems.

The development of a line of personalised telemedicine devices.

The development of interdisciplinary bionic technologies.

Business partners

  • ANAKD
  • Neurobotics
  • KamAZ
  • Concern CSRI Electropribor
  • Zelenograd Nanotechnology Center
  • Molecular Electronics Research Institute
  • NIIMA Progress
  • GLONASS
  • Roselectronics
  • Micron
  • Optron
  • Angstrem
  • ELVEES NeoTek
  • BIOSS
  • ELVEES R&D Center
NTI Center of Excellence for VR/AR, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok

Projects

An open platform for creating VR/AR applications that is accessible to independent developers and that can compete with leading foreign products.

The development of software for the visualisation of reference trajectories and the results of a manual markup of images for training and test samples.

Business partners

  • Foundation for New Forms of Education Development (Kvantorium)
  • Seoul National University
  • MTS
  • Mazda Sollers
  • DEUS
  • MOTI
  • BiTronics Lab
  • DNS Group
  • Nanotech
  • Insait
  • AR Production
  • Ashmanov Neural Networks
  • Cyberlite
  • One more world
  • ROBBO Club
  • Cerevrum
  • STEM-games
  • Far East Virtual Reality Laboratory
  • Rubius
  • Teslasuit
  • Modum Lab
  • Motorica
  • Fibrum
  • Kiber Vostok
  • Association of Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Association of Leading Universities in the Asia-Pacific Region
Technologies for the Transport of Electricity and Smart Power Distribution Systems, MPEI National Research University, Moscow

Projects

Digital substation (central production facility)

  • Development of a software and hardware suite for the automated synthesis of structural and functional circuits for the relay protection and automation central production facility
  • Development and implementation of relay protection and automation central production facilities with various architectures
  • Development of a distributed intelligent control system for power system modes for voltage and reactive power

Micro energy systems

  • Development of a software and hardware suite for the automated synthesis of micro energy system circuits
  • Development of an automated system for calculating the parameters of the operation of the relay protection and automation in the micro energy system online
  • Development of an automated planning system for maintenance and repair works based on a risk-based model to reduce operating costs and ensure the operational reliability of micro energy systems
  • Development of a distributed intelligent micro energy control system
  • Development of basic technical solutions and a project for the introduction of electricity and renewable energy storage devices in the substation’s own systems

Business partners

  • INBRES
  • Hydroelectromontage
  • MIET National Research University of Electronic Technology
  • National Power Engineering Center
  • Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology
  • Tomsk Polytechnic University
  • PLC Technology
Technologies for the Storage and Analysis of Big Data Center of Excellence, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow

Projects

Technologies for building intelligent data analysis software systems.

Analytics based on large textual data using linguistic and ontological resources.

Algorithms enabling the development of computer vision for driverless vehicles and mobile robots.

Business partners

  • Rosatom
  • 1C
  • Mail.Ru Group
  • Takskom
  • Postgres Professional
  • UNIS Labs Solutions
  • SODIS Lab
  • Visiology
  • DigitalGlobe
Management of the Properties of Bio-objects Center of Excellence, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

Projects

Creation of a biocardiostimulator based on the use of thermosensitive TRP channels (thermogenetics).

Development of techniques for visualizing the transmission of signals in the brain. Development of a bioimaging device that makes it possible to see and “feel” the process of signal transmission and also to visualize the penetration of drug compounds into cells or entire organs.

Creation of original drugs that target cancer or autoimmune cells, allowing them to be selectively suppressed.

Creation of antibiotics for multiresistant microorganisms. This will significantly increase the effectiveness of the treatment of bacterial infections.

Design and development of new animal biomodels of various pathological states of the human body, their verification and validation, and the conduct of preclinical trials.

Business partners

  • S-GROUP Corporate Communication Center
  • GeneTechnology
  • Farmsintez
  • Genetico Center for Genetics and Reproductive Medicine
Wireless Communication Technology and the IoT Center of Excellence, Skoltech, Skolkovo

Projects

The development of a system for testing ERA-GLONASS modules for use at state technical inspection stations.

The development of a regulatory framework for testing ERA-GLONASS modules.

The development of a wearable device that remotely measures and processes cardiogram and blood pressure data in a cuffless, non-invasive manner.

The development of an autonomous system for collecting and monitoring medical data within the framework of a scientific and educational infrastructure centre.

The development of a robotic platform (manned or unmanned) for the purposes of automating logical warehouse operations.

The development of a cloud platform for collecting, storing and processing primary medical information and industrial dat.

Business partners

  • Sberbank
  • ASE
  • College of Art Restoration
  • Russian Space Systems
  • Gazprom Neft R&D Center
  • IDGC of the Urals
  • GLONASS
  • Zelenye linii
  • Smartiko
  • TsAPK
Center for Quantum Technologies, Faculty of Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow

Projects

Development of scalable quantum registers based on neutral atoms and photonic chips. It is assumed that the results will be able to be used for calculations in a number of tasks: the synthesis of substances with given properties for use in construction, in the production of new types of fuel and drugs, and in the calculation of logistical cycles for the optimization of management tasks.

Development and creation of automated (without an operator) and regenerative quantum communication systems. This solution will be used to protect information during data transmission through government communication lines, space communication systems, and so on.

Business partners

  • Infotecs
  • Cryptosoft
  • Kontsern Avtomatika
  • Dukhov Russia Research Institute of Automatics (Rosatom)
  • Information Security Association
Center for Quantum Communications, MISIS National University of Science and Technology, Moscow

Projects

Creating standards for information security in the field of quantum communications to ensure the secure transmission of data between IT infrastructure objects.

Academic systems for quantum key distribution and teaching methods in the field of quantum communications.

Studying the vulnerability of quantum communication protocols used in commercial systems and the development of new ones to protect information from hacking in quantum computers, satellite systems, UAVs, IoT devices and blockchain.

Development of network software solutions for quantum networks and quantum-protected data storage with authentication.

Business partners

  • MTsKT
  • KuReit
  • Scontel
  • TINFOTONIKA
  • T8
  • S-Terra CSP
  • CRYPTO-PRO
New Production Technologies Center of Excellence, Institute of Advanced Production Technologies, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, St. Petersburg

Projects

Creation of a Gas Turbine Engine Virtual Test Site.

The development of technology for the low-tonnage synthesis of unique, new, purpose-designed complex-alloyed metal-powder compounds for additive manufacturing machines.

The development of a concept for a promising new amphibious aircraft.

Business partners

  • United Engine Corporation
  • United Aircraft Corporation
  • United Shipbuilding Corporation
  • Rosatom
  • Roscosmos
  • KamAZ
  • UAZ
  • AvtoVAZ
  • UEC Saturn
  • Klimov
  • Russian Helicopters
  • Ilyushin
  • Middle Neva Shipbuilding Plant
  • China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC)
  • Kazan Motor Production Association
  • Sibur Holding
  • Gazprom Neft
  • Lenpoligraphmash
  • Diakont
  • Biocad
  • Computational Mechanics Laboratory
  • Kurchatov Institute National Research Center
  • Russian State Scientific Center for Robotics and Technical Cybernetics
  • All-Russian Research Institute of Experimental Physics
  • Center for Strategic Research North-West Foundation
Distributed Ledger Technologies Center, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg

Projects

System for authenticating works of art. Using blockchain to save the confirmed history of a work of art.

Using blockchain for elections. The use of blockchain technology for election procedures at the corporate as well as the state level.

A universal marketplace. A trading platform with an extensive system of logistics and sales.

System of verification of education-related documents. The use of a distributed registry containing authenticated student performance information at each stage and the receipt of education-related documents

Business partners

  • T-Systems RUS
  • Exon Lab
  • Blockchain Developers Community of St. Petersburg
  • Isio
  • Orbita Center for the Practical Application of Blockchain Technology
  • Information Technology Studio
  • Deloitte
Technologies for New and Mobile Energy Sources Center of Excellence, Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Chernogolovka

Projects

New energy sources for mobile and transportation applications. Electrochemical, photovoltaic and bioelectrochemical power sources.

Fully electric unmanned aerial vehicles and ground vehicles. Aircraft for agriculture and forestry, automotive platform based on hydrogen fuel cells.

A system for refueling hydrogen vehicles. Using hydrogen as a fuel source will make it possible to increase the time of vehicle autonomy using electric propulsion.

Project training on individual educational trajectories. Development of educational courses, modules, organization of project-based and distance learning, workshops for schoolchildren, students, graduate students, employees

and managers of enterprises.Business partners

  • InEnergy
  • Electric Vehicle Tech
  • Unmanned Systems
  • Sarapul Radio Plant
  • NPK Morsvyazavtomatica
  • Vulya Design Office
  • Intelligent Power Systems
  • Central Institute of Aviation Motors