The Competence Centers of the National Technology Initiative (NTI) presented the results of work in 2018. At the end of the year, 150 research projects were launched, and the number of consortia participants grew by more than 25%. Today, the consortium of the Centers include over 300 organizations, 59% of which are commercial companies.
In 2018, under the support of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, 14 NTI Competence Centers were launched based on universities and research organizations. Their tasks are the transfer of scientific developments to specific market products through the organization of consortia with industrial partners, as well as the training of specialists in the field of “through” NTI technologies, including large data, artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, new and portable energy sources, components of robotics, wireless technologies, virtual and augmented reality technologies, and others.
In 2018, the Centers launched 150 research projects, the number of participants by the consortium increased by more than 25%, new educational programs were developed, aimed at training specialists in the field of “through” technologies. So, in the Far Eastern Federal University appeared the master's programs “Virtual and Augmented Reality Technologies” and “Digital Art”. The magistracy “Digital Transformation Using Distributed Registrars” was launched at SPSU, MIET has launched 15 educational programs for the training of specialists in such profiles as the design of sensitive elements for sensors, 5G technology, sensors related to biomedical systems, radio electronics, and others. In 2018, 3.8 thousand people passed educational programs implemented with the participation of NTI Competence Centers.
Until 2021, state funding in the amount of 10.3 billion rubles has been provided for the support of the NTI Competence Centers. The project operator is the Russian Venture Company (RVC). At the moment, the number of employees employed in the work of the Competence Centers is 2.2 thousand people. The total number of consortium participants includes 277 high-tech companies, including Sberbank, MTS, KUKA, Rosatom, Gazpromneft, and others.
The National Technology Initiative is a long-term program to create new markets and provide conditions for Russia's technological leadership by 2035. Within the NTI, 8 “road maps” were approved for the AeroNet, Avtonet, Marinet, Neuronet, Helsnet, Energynet, Technet and Circle Movement markets, about 500 projects received funding. The design office of NTI is RVC.
RVC, JSC is a state Fund of Funds, institute for the development of the venture industry in the Russian Federation. The main objectives of the RVC, JSC: stimulating the creation of a private venture capital industry in Russia and the fulfillment of the functions of the Project Office of the National Technology Initiative (NTI). The authorized capital of RVC, JSC is more than 30 billion rubles. 100% of the RVC capital is owned by the Russian Federation represented by the Federal Agency for State Property Management of the Russian Federation (Rosimushchestvo). The total number of Funds formed by RVC has reached 27, their total size is 48.6 billion rubles. The share of RVC, JSC is 26.5 billion rubles. The number of portfolio companies of RVC Funds is 225. The total amount of approved investment Funds is 18.6 billion rubles.