Twelve Ulyanovsk young scientists to receive 500 thousand rubles on implementation of scientific and innovative projects

The final of the UMNIK programme of the Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in the scientific and technical field took place in the main university of the region on 6 December. With assistance of the Government of the Ulyanovsk region, Technological Research Institute named after S.P.Kapitza of ULSU (TRI of ULSU) acted as the organizer of the event.

 “Our aim is to create such conditions that it was possible to notice, develop and implement potential of young people for the benefit of innovative economy of the region. This goal can be achieved through activities within UMNIK programme. They not only make scientific and technical creativity more interesting, but also provide targeted support to talented children”, - the Governor Sergey Morozov said.

Ulyanovsk State University has been carrying out a number of qualifying activities and trainings on an annual basis since 2011. It receives up to 200 applications in five spheres of the programme, which include information technologies, medicine of the future, modern materials and technologies used to make them, new devices and hardware solutions, biotechnologies.

According to Rustem Davlyatshin, the Minister of Economic Development and Competition of the Ulyanovsk region, this year 142 applications from students and young scientists of the region have been received.

“After the semi-final, 49 projects were sent to external evaluation; 41 people participated in the final. The expert jury, which consisted of representatives of hi-tech business, regional development institutes and executive authorities, determined 12 winners who will receive grants of the Foundation for Assistance in amount of 500 thousand rubles for implementation of the projects”, - Rustem Davlyatshin explained.

The jury was really interested in the project on development of hardware and software with the use of biological feedback on the basis of a magnetic sensor for rehabilitation of neurologic patients. It was among the winners to receive financing.

“This year the requirements were quite high. The result should include a technical report and, at the least, an application for the registration in the patent registry, as well as development of a business plan for the innovative project. We would like to show children that they should protect their intellectual property, so that everyone could choose what to do next - to create a small innovative enterprise or to submit an application for the START programme. Participants of the competition receive expert assessment and exchange experience with colleagues. There are examples when people who did not get support but continued to develop their project and achieved outstanding results. Later they worked with the Fund on even more serious programmes”, - noted Maxim Tsaturyan, a representative of the Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in the scientific and technical field, the curator of the UMNIK programme in the Central and Volga Federal Districts.