Novosibirsk cluster is among pilot projects of the Economy Ministry of Russia

Novosibirsk cluster is among pilot projects of the Economy Ministry of RussiaJoint program of the two clusters - information and telecommunication technologies and biopharmaceuticals - became the first in the list of 13 pilot programs of the Ministry of Economic Development, Academpark’s report says. The project is meant for five-year period and provides an annual allocation from the federal budget up to 500 M RUR for a single program.

94 applications were submitted to the Ministry of Economic Development during the competitive selection process. The Working Group, that included representatives of federal executive bodies, the leading scientific and educational organizations, business community, sorted out 25 pilot programs of clusters. Two applications were approved among five submitted by the Government of Novosibirsk Region: innovation territorial cluster in information and telecommunication technologies, initiated by SibAcademSoft association jointly with Technopark of Novosibirsk Akademgorodok, biopharmaceutical cluster of Koltsovo biotechnopark. Experts proposed to combine two applications into one and create a joint program of IT and biopharmaceutical cluster development.

It is known that such structures arise by community initiatives as a set of horizontal connections between business, science, industry and education. SibAcademSoft is a rare example of a cluster created by business. In addition, I note that the creation of Academpark is in many ways the initiative of the association. So the fact that our application received federal support is a natural recognition of our success - says the CEO of Academpark Dmitri Verkhovod.

The state program involves the development of annual financial support for the first 13 pilot projects to total amount of 5 B RUR for five years since 2013. Funding will be allocated to the provision of infrastructure: engineering, social, transport, energy and other.

We understand that the infrastructure of our project will work on the Siberian Branch as well as for high-tech companies. We will not confine only to IT or BIOFARM industries. A comprehensive approach to the creation of the cluster involves the development of Academpark technological infrastructure, the creation of an IT-campus, as well as the formation of an inter-college campus – Irina Travin, the initiator of the IT-cluster, Chairman of the Board of Directors of non-profit partnership SibAcademSoft says about the project.

The plans to implement the pilot programs of the Ministry of Economic Development territorial clusters presuppose the involvement of public development institutions, such as Vnesheconombank, the Foundation for Promotion of Small Enterprises in Science and Technology, OJSC Russian Venture Company, JSC RUSNANO, Development Fund of the Center for Development and commercialization of new technologies.
Novosibirsk cluster is among pilot projects of the Economy Ministry of Russia