February 21, 2012 at the NAIDIT conference “Problems and prospects of the Russian Youth Innovation community” the results of the second All-Russian competition for the support of high-tech innovative youth projects were summarized. The top 30 projects will receive grants of up to 1.5M RUR.
The contest started on October 17, 2011. The authors of innovative projects relating to high-tech industries of economics could take part in this competition. Research groups and art groups where the summarized age of the leader and main participants would not exceed 35 years could also be involved. In total, the competition was presented in 1592 projects, but only 230 of them were able to pass all stages of selection.
The competition took place in four stages and the projects were eliminated for different reasons. Under the terms of the competition some of them were weak from a technical point but some showed promise and potential in terms of conditions of their realization.
As a result, the Contest Committee determined the top 30 innovative projects. Their authors will be allocated grants of 150 K to 1.5 M. The winning projects are divided in the following areas:
Biotechnology and Medicine - 9 projects; energy and energy efficiency - 6 projects; Information and communications technology - 5 projects; Environment and Resource-saving - 3projects; Industrial Technology - 2 projects; construction technology - 1 project; agricultural technology - 1 project; Transport and engine-building - 1 project; Electronics and Instrumentation - 1 project
38 % of the winners are in the process of innovative ideas, 48.76% are on the stage of startup and 13.56% are on the stage of development.
According to the NAIDIT president Olga Uskova, the main difference of this contest was a very high level of professional elaborating of applications. This is especially true of the projects which have been able to reach the finals. “Even if children are not among the winners, their presence among the finalists says that their project is worthy and has a good market outlook,” – Uskova says.