Ulyanovsk Region Is among Top 10 Territories in Russia for Scientific and Technological Development

The first National Rating of Regions' Scientific and Technological Development has been published on the website of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation.

The top ten includes the Ulyanovsk region along with the republics of Bashkortostan and Tatarstan, as well as Novosibirsk, Sverdlovsk, Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod regions.

The rating was created by order of President Vladimir Putin after a joint meeting of the State Council and the Presidential Council for Science and Education. The National Rating mainly stimulates regions to change their approach to the science and technology sphere by considering its overall performance.

“The rating will become an effective tool for researchers, federal and regional authorities, and businesses as it provides objective assessment of the industry development in each place and also makes it clear which areas require improvement. Thanks to this, Russian regions will develop their own innovative technologies and reach technological sovereignty faster, which our President has repeatedly mentioned. For example, we are talking about the number of citizens working in the scientific field, the number of researchers under the age of 29, the cost of developments, as well as the scope of domestic technologies used in the real sector of economy,” said Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

The rating includes 33 indicators grouped into three thematic clusters: government agencies, environment for doing knowledge-intensive business, and work environment for researchers. They were selected using data provided by the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat), the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent), the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Federal Treasury, and development institutions at the end of 2021. In the future, the rating will be compiled annually and published by 1 October.

“The Ulyanovsk region is moving towards scientific and technological development. This is the result of our hard work. The region traditionally pays particular attention to development of innovative and inventive activities. The Ulyanovsk region shows positive dynamics according to a number of indicators of the National Rating,” said Governor Alexey Russkikh.

Costs associated with research and development amounted to 18,547.4 million rubles in 2021 and showed the growth rate of 167.85% compared to 2020 (11,049.8 million rubles). The level of innovative activity in the Ulyanovsk region reached 17.4% in 2021, which is by 2.3% higher than the previous year (the average is 16.7% for the Volga Federal District and 11.9% for the Russian Federation).

The share of companies working with technological innovations was 30.6% (23% is the average for Russia). Compared to 2020, the growth rate amounted to 106.6%.

Noticeable results have been achieved thanks to the complex approach used by the Ulyanovsk region for development of the intellectual property sphere.

According to Rospatent, the Ulyanovsk region has seen an increase (by 19%) in the number of applications for inventions, utility models and industrial prototypes over the past three years. The region’s inventive activity ratio grew by 18% and amounted to 3.48 in 2021.

According to the data from 2021, the Ulyanovsk region ranks fourth among Russian territories by the highest inventive activity ratio (including utility models).

According to Nikolai Zontov, Minister of Economic Development and Industry of Ulyanovsk Region, the Agency for Innovative Development of the Ulyanovsk Region was created in 2021 as a one-stop shop for this sphere. Such high indicators in the National Ranking were achieved mainly due to the cluster approach used to create solutions for scientific, technological and innovative development of the Ulyanovsk region. Members of the nuclear innovation cluster played the key role as they set the region's innovative orientation. Nikolai Zontov explained, “Through implementation of projects, including inter-cluster ones, we stimulate the demand for new technologies and create conditions and prerequisites to establish sustainable research, development and production cooperation ties and innovative networks. In 2021, cluster residents invested more than 13 billion rubles, which is seven times more than in 2020. Research and development activities and projects are worth 5539.71 million rubles.”