The NTI regional standard is a set of guidelines that are intended to streamline the work of government bodies and business communities in the regions in collecting and testing NTI projects.
The methodological recommendations highlighted five critical areas of work for the NTI progress at the regional level: the flow of projects, stimulating demand for NTI products, identifying leaders of the entrepreneurial community, creating services for business, and working with talents. It also explains the basic principles for the formation of regional “road maps” of NTI — that is, step-by-step action plans that the region will implement in association with RVC and the NTI Platform. An essential place in the regional standard is occupied by the description of best practices that are already used by the most active parts of the Russian Federation. One of these best practices is the “pilot factory” of NTI projects — a format designed and tested in the Сity of Veliky Novgorod.
“Many strong, fast-growing companies in the regions still regard NTI as a rather obscure program that exists somewhere in Moscow. With the help of a regional standard, we expect to change this attitude. The key part of the standard is the algorithm, the sequence of steps that need to be implemented to become part of the NTI. Since the initiative isn’t bogged down either, we will continually update these recommendations,” said Alexey Gusev, Director for Development of the RVC Innovation Ecosystem, about the purposes of the document.
At the end of 2018 and in the beginning of 2019, experts from different regions participated in the development of the regional NTI standard: St. Petersburg (Peter the Great SPbPU was one of the leading co-authors of the document), Novosibirsk, Perm, Tomsk, Ulyanovsk, and others.
“When we say “NTI”, we should keep in mind the first word in the abbreviation — “National”. Therefore, we at SPbPU, attach great importance to working with the regions when implementing the Technet Roadmap and the Development Program of the NTI Competence Centre — New Production Technologies. This is evidenced by our affiliate network covering all federal districts of the country. Participation in the NTI regional standard development was strategically crucial for us. This work makes it possible for us to form a common language for the country and the principles of interaction between government bodies, entrepreneurs, universities, and research centres on pressing issues of high technology development, which is one of the success factors of our activity. By the way, it is worth noting that the Novgorod State University named after Yaroslav the Wise is one of the organizers of the Boiling Point in Novgorod where the NTI regional standard was tested. It is also part of a consortium of the NTI SPbPU Competence Centre,” said Alexey Borovkov, Vice-Rector for Promising Projects at SPbPU.
As the work with the regions progresses, the list of recommendations will be extended. Training according to the methodology of the regional NTI standard, will be integrated in the program of educational intensive course — Island 10–22, which is scheduled to be held in July 2019 on Skoltech premises.