In Tyumen awarded clevers
On the eve of the Day of Russian Science, February 7, the awarding ceremony of the winners of the UMNIK contest was held in the Tyumen Technopark. Twenty young innovators who presented the best developments in six fields of activity in 2019 were awarded memorable statuettes and diplomas.
In total, 122 applications were submitted for the competition, 80 projects were considered in the final, 20 of which were selected by an expert jury on the relevance of the idea and as the most promising in commercialization.
The winners were determined in 6 areas: “Digital Technologies”, “Medicine and Health Saving Technologies”, “New Materials and Chemical Technologies”, “New Devices and Intelligent Manufacturing Technologies”, “Resource-Saving Energy”, “Biotechnologies”. All of them received the support of the Innovation Assistance Fund in the form of grants in the amount of 500,000 rubles for research work.
One of them is a laboratory assistant of the 2nd category of Tsogu Elizaveta Baieva. She presented the development of a biomicro manipulator: “We in the laboratory needed similar equipment, but the imported German counterpart is very expensive. We decided that it was quite possible to assemble the device yourself, having slightly optimized the design. It only remained to win the competition. I’m sure the UMNIKA grant is just the beginning. The idea is working and in demand enough to reach the next level with the project. ”
Programs for talented children are annually implemented by the Foundation’s regional operator, the West Siberian Innovation Center (Tyumen Technopark), with the assistance of the Department of Investment Policy and State Support for Entrepreneurship of the Tyumen Region.
“In world practice, only 10% of innovative developments are further developed and become commercial projects. Our “survival” is higher - about 30%, because we work a lot with projects in the early stages in the “manual mode”. Often, developments presented in the direction of commercialization are projects of residents of the Tyumen Technopark, ”said Olga Prostneva, director of the West Siberian Innovation Center.
Every year, on the basis of the Tyumen Technopark, final selections are held under the "UMNIK" program. Since 2010, more than 1,800 applications from students, graduate students and young scientists of universities have been considered. During this time, 335 projects received grants from the Fund, with a total funding of more than 142 million rubles.