Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in Science and Technology at a Glance

Soon, 20 years old, how the Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in Science and Technology Fund (workers).

What financial support is provided to young scientists he and small innovative companies, and on what terms? This was discussed at a meeting of the Bureau of the Board of Directors of RAS institutes in April. Spokesman for the Russian Academy of Sciences Sergei Sharakshane asked deputy. Director General of the Paul Gudkov answer questions.

  • Deputy.  General Director of the Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in Science and Technology Paul Hooters
  • Deputy. General Director of the Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in Science and Technology Paul Hooters

Please tell us about the activities of the Foundation — in facts and figures.


— There are scientific research with a high potential for commercialization, which involved young scientists and small innovative companies. The Fund — to provide them with financial support. Since funded annually more than 100 enterprises established on 217-FL at research institutes and universities. During the work of the Foundation has received more than 35,000 applications for the execution of research and development, based on the results of their review, it was concluded more than 11,000 contracts. The Fund has supported more than 7,500 young innovators, created more than 4,000 start-ups across Russia. The Fund's support of small innovative enterprises contributes to the creation of new intellectual property and increase the number of jobs.

— What forms of support?
— There are three main programs of financial support.

  • This is a pre-plant funding — support for young scientists — the program "clever."
  • Seed funding — support for start-ups — the "START" button.
  • For established companies, which in this case are small businesses — the "development."

Read more. Under the program of "clever" annually support more than 1,500 people, each of whom receives funding for two years in the amount of 400 thousand rubles. Age of participants in open competition limited to 28 years. The project is protected individually, the Expert Council gives it a rating and then makes a decision on funding.
The "START" is aimed at supporting small innovative businesses, established less than two years ago, and with annual revenues of up to 300 thousand rubles. We are accepting applications for the competition in five areas: "Information Technology", "Medicine of the Future," "Modern materials and technologies for their creation," "New devices and software systems", "Biotechnology". The program lasts three years, the company could receive up to 6 million rubles for the development of the project.

For the company, sometimes, it is important that its development has been in demand not only in Russia but also abroad — in this Fund can help?
— Yes, the Foundation actively collaborates with colleagues from Germany, France, Finland and the United States. Each side of the sponsoring organization of the country, if the operating joint project. For young innovators annually conduct training with the CRDF and the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas. Representatives of small innovative companies that are interested in exporting goods and services to the North American market, the need to actively express themselves during training to go on a two-week business mission to the United States. This year the program was launched to support the participation of Russian small innovative companies in major international projects. The program's objective — to stimulate domestic small companies produce equipment with the characteristics required for the needs of the XFEL (European X-ray Free Electron Laser).

Promotion fund — one of the first public funds that support start-ups. How do we interact with other development institutions?
— In recent years, a notion as "an innovative elevator." Our place in it — this is the generation of the flow of quality projects to further support other development institutions. However, we are always happy to projects that have a deep scientific study, for example, by RFBR grants. Recently estimated that 115 start-ups supported by the Fund for a total amount of 600 million, has been able to raise more than 11 billion rubles of additional funding.

Tell us about the Fund's collaboration with the Academy of Sciences.
— It is very close, especially as Vice-President of RAS Academician Sergei Mikhailovich Aldoshin heads Experts Fund. For five years, more than 600 young scientists and engineers from 57 Institutes of Sciences participated in the program "clever" — along with, of course, with young scientists and experts from other research institutes and universities. We started in 2008 with the direction of "Medicine of the Future" in 2011 included the direction of "Modern materials and technologies for their creation," in 2012 — the direction of "Information Technology", "New devices and software systems." In March this year, the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences was held spring finals on the program "clever" — was attended by 70 people. The finalists were 35 young scientists from 17 institutes of RAS, the two Institutes of Medical Sciences and Moscow State University. MV University. 15 of them were winners.
This year, the competition organization joined the Council of Young Scientists of the Russian Academy of Sciences, which made it possible to expand the audience of participants and increase the number of projects.
Still, I note that at the last meeting of the Advisory Board of the Foundation for Assistance discussed the possibility of cooperation with the Russian Academy of Sciences in the framework of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences "Supporting innovation and development" — such projects can support the Foundation in the framework of the "START" button.

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