In relation with the extension of the support instruments, NTI funding in 2019 will be significantly increased, though direct support of the projects with grants will be gradually reduced, Aleksandr Povalko, RVC head announced at the forum in Sochi. We would like to remind that the National technology initiative is a state program aimed at creation of the new markets and achievement of the Russia's technological leadership by 2035. The directions on which the NTI is focused include unmanned vehicles, neuro technologies, personal medicine, smart power energy.
In 2019, 8 billion rubles were allocated form the budget to NTI (the amount may be increased by 6.5 billion). 15.6 billion rubles were allocated for funding NTI projects from the date of launch; this amount includes 8.7 billion of the state subsidies.
39 projects in total were supported. 11 projects 1or 2.37 billion — within "Neuronet" (neuro technologies), 6 projects for 1.5 billion — under "Aeronet" (aviation). Four projects are supported under the "Marinet" roadmap (marine transport — 1.3 billion rubles), "Healthnet" (healthcare — 730 million rubles) and "Energynet" (power energy — 609 million rubles). Two more projects are "Technet" (industry modernization — 328 million), five projects in "Circle movement" (designed to amplify the number of engineers and scientists by the circle graduates — 131 million rubles). The rest of funding in the form of grants was allocated by the Fund for assistance to innovation — 406 projects received the money.
Though, now, as the Special digital and technological development representative Dmitry Peskov noted, "the strongest companies that move on in NTI logic, do not participate in it organizationally". He explained that it is expected to promote NTI companies to the external markets through the digital platforms (as the sanctions do not affect them), through cooperation with the big companies that already have export shipments (for example, security systems are expected to be delivered together with "Rosatom" contracts) and through development of the "comfort jurisdiction" strategy (development centers and key part of intellectual property should remain in the Russian Federation, and the company should be Russian).
From its part, RVC launches "export accelerator" in partnership with the Russian Export Center in order to promote the projects to the external markets. Currently, 15 companies are selected for it, they carry out developments in the field of artificial intelligence and big data — they get assistance in moving to the markets of Chine, Japan and South Korea.
According to Aleksandr Povalko, all NTI roadmaps should be revised next year. At the moment it happened only in "Autonet" (unmanned vehicles technologies).
Representatives of the new market task forces complaint at the forum that NTI in its current form doesn't contribute much to promoting companies to abroad markets.
One more problem is lack of the "right" accelerators, Andrey Ivashchenko, the chairman of the board of directors of "Khimrar", the head of the "Neuronet” task force added. According to him, the start-ups need help to find the first customer — this is the bottle neck for the projects of this kind.