Financial support for NTI projects

RVC provides the procedures for the selection and implementation of NTI projects, and it also establishes the system for managing their life cycle. When selecting new projects to support, priority is given to platform projects that create an ecosystem around themselves, stimulating the emergence of new market niches, start-ups and innovative business projects on the part of established companies or integrated pilot projects that correspond to NTI road maps.

Support for the implementation of NTI projects can be provided in the following forms:

  • grants to individuals or legal entities that are participants in an NTI project to carry out research and development;
  • payment for contracts for the provision of services in the framework of the implementation of NTI projects;
  • payment for additional stock issue or for contributions to the charter capital of business entities that are participants in an NTI project;
  • contributions to non-profit organizations that are participants in an NTI project;
  • acquisition and granting for use to individuals and legal entities that are participants in an NTI project of scientific and other equipment and/or intellectual rights (technologies, software) that are not accounted for on the Project Office’s balance sheet;
  • reimbursement of part of the cost of interest on loans received by individuals or legal entities that are participants in an NTI project through Russian credit institutions or VEB.RF.

In 2018, RVC approved new editions of a number of bylaws and operating procedures, which made it possible to streamline the work of the NTI Project Office and simplify the procedure for selecting and monitoring projects. Changes were made to the Project Committee’s principles and working procedures, including the Procedure for the Expert Evaluation of NTI Projects, the Regulations on the NTI Expert Council and the Procedure for Monitoring and Managing Changes in NTI Projects.

In 2018, the Interagency Working Group on the Implementation of the NTI under the Government Commission on Modernization of the Economy and Innovative Development in Russia (IWG) approved 12 new NTI projects: Topaz, Aerotomography, Biobank-5 Platform, Spinal Neuroprosthesis, Experimental Digital Certification Platform, Operkit Platform, Mentor Academy, Practices of the Future, VORK, Digital Talent Management Platform, Autodata, on Duty Around the Planet.

As of the end of 2018, the NTI project portfolio approved by the IWG included 44 projects. Based on project data and the NTI road maps, work got under way on the formation of complex NTI projects (meta-projects). Meta-projects provide for the deep integration of community development technologies, tools for development institutions, resources for education and scientific systems into a single network-centric organism that can replace the concept of transnational corporations. At the end of the year, the NTI Project Committee presented the first six meta-projects for launch in 2019. One of them is Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, for the implementation of which the National Medical Knowledge Base Association was created in 2018 in collaboration with the medical community.

Funnel of NTI projects with cumulative results for 2016–2018

Key indicators in 2018

  • RUB 2.3 bn
    from budgetary funds earmarked for the implementation of NTI projects
  • 12 
    NTI projects approved for implementation
  • RUB 1 bn
    from extrabudgetary funds earmarked for the implementation of NTI projects
  • 25 IPRs
    received by NTI projects
  • 44 
    projects in the general NTI portfolio as of the end of 2018
Projects approved by the Interagency Working Group for state support in 2018
Project Provider Road map Purpose of the project
Topaz InEnergy EnergyNet The development of new sources of energy, significantly better batteries. The project involves the development of technology that will be incorporated in a line of four products:
  • A compact portable power supply unit with a capacity of up to 30 W
  • A automated low-maintenance power supply unit for distributed power generation with a capacity of up to 300 W
  • A mobile power supply unit for robotics and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with a capacity of up to 1,000 W.
  • A stand for educational institutions called “High-temperature tubular fuel cells”
Aerotomography Novosibirsk State University AeroNet Development and creation of ground-breaking equipment for remote geophysical prospecting and exploration using UAVs. The innovative measuring technique makes it possible to take a tomographic approach to data processing using high-precision positioning in the depths of diamond pipes, iron ore deposits and accumulations of polymetallic ores. The goal of the project is to create an international company for the provision of geophysical services and to enter Russian and foreign markets
Biobank-5 Platform National BioService LLC HealthNet Creation and scaling of a network of biobanks for tissues, cell lines and other research products in five regions of the Russian Federation. The biobanks will enable the collection, study and analysis of biological markers of tumor development and progression, which, in turn, will help with the discovery of possible treatment combinations. In addition, the biobanks will help determine the effectiveness of individual treatments, which is especially important in connection with the development of personalized treatment
Spinal Neuroprosthesis Cosima LLC HealthNet Development of a neurostimulation device for patients who are able to walk on their own but you suffer from severe movement disorders following a stroke. The device is intended for use not only in the neurological and rehabilitation departments of clinics; it can also be used for in-home rehabilitation. Spinal neuroprostheses will be much cheaper than their closest alternative, i.e., exoskele tons
Experimental Digital Certification Platform Tesis LLC TechNet Creation of an integrated system of services in the field of accelerated compliance assessment and certification of products made of polymer composite materials (PCMs). Creation of an experimental digital platform whose services will ensure a reduction in the time needed (by up to 3-6 months) and in the material costs (more than 50%) for certifying PCM products and, in the long term, the output from advanced production technologies. Assessment of the new approach and testing of the services created are being performed on products made of PCMs for railway infrastructure, road construction and intermodal transport equipment
Operkit Platform EC IAS LLC TechNet Development of a unified information and analytical online platform for the provision of after-sales service for high-tech products and the creation of a centralized service that unites, in a single information space, all participants in the product life cycle: manufacturers, developers, operating entities and dealers
Mentor Academy The Skolkovo Foundation Club Movement Creating a system for mass training, certification and employment of mentors for children’s and youth projects and teams in the technological sphere, stimulating technical creativity and technological entrepreneurship in Russia. Creating a system of educational programmes, contests and mass open online courses in the field of mentoring, as well as launching an online platform that includes various services for mentors. By 2020, the project’s creators expect to train no fewer than 6,000 mentors
Practices of the Future Association of Club Movement Members ANPO Club Movement Creation of project schools that should become a space for the involvement of children and adults from various regions of Russia and abroad in the development of projects in current areas of the NTI. The goal of the project is to bridge the gap between the needs of youth teams developing projects on the frontier of technological development and the lack of mechanisms for the formation of such teams in the current educational system. Four formats for project schools are planned: regional, specialized, national and international
VORK NTI Project Support Fund, RVC is the joint implementing agency Club Movement The VORK project is an annual international makers festival in Moscow, as well as a network of group events aimed at developing engineering creativity and establishing a community of technical enthusiasts in Russia. By 2021, the project organizers plan to hold 40 thematic events in 30 Russian cities, which will gather more than 100 thousand participants. Festivals will help increase interest among young people in new technologies, test ideas before the launch of production, and also to build up any deficient skills related to the project and team approach from an early age
Digital Talent Management Platform Jet Infosystems JSC Club Movement Creation of a promising system for managing the individual educational trajectories of talented youth. The platform’s audience includes the participants and organizers of the Club Movement, as well as entrepreneurs and corporations with a need for high-tech resources. The Digital Talent Management Platform includes:
  • An aggregator of information from various open sources about Movement participants
  • A broker platform for creating a single information space for information exchange
  • An aggregator of services provided by external education systems
  • An intellectual service for the formation of an individual development trajectory for Club Movement participants using machine learning techniques and other technologies for working with big data
Autodata Glonass NP AutoNet Collection and aggregation of automobile and transport information from existing digital systems, including data on the physiological state of individuals, the operation of automobiles and the external environment: road quality, weather conditions, geography of use, etc. This information is currently collected separately by many different companies, while the integration of all this information in a single database would be of great value for the creation of new services in the field of urban intellectual mobility.
On Duty Around the Planet The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, the Talent and Success educational foundation (Sirius Center), the Foundation for the Promotion of Innovation and Roscosmos Club Movement The programme combines technology contests for schoolchildren on the development of satellite equipment, the reception of data from space and the processing of data from space-based imagery. The goal of the programme is to increase the popularity of space research and development among young people in Russia. For this purpose, a state-of-the-art cognitive and educational environment in the field of space research and development is being created. Programme contests include:
  • Space data (grades 8–11)
  • Young seals 2019 (grades 8–11)
  • My School’s Satellite (ages 14–18)
  • CubeSat Satellite (ages 14–18)
  • Satellite Equipment (ages 14–18 years old)

In 2018, RVC also continued its work aimed at expanding NTI companies’ access to venture financing. As of the end of 2018, there were six venture funds with a mandate to invest in NTI projects operating in RVC’s portfolio:

  • Skolkovo Venture Fund – Industrial I
  • Skolkovo Venture Fund – IT I
  • Skolkovo Venture Fund – Agrotechnological I
  • Terra Fund II
  • Far Eastern High-Technology Fund
  • NTI Venture Fund

In 2018, two pitch sessions were organized for NTI projects with the participation of leading venture funds and corporate investors, one of which was held as part of the Open Innovations forum. Following the event, the participants continued negotiations on raising funds, and the winners were given an opportunity to take part in acceleration programs for free.