Working out a modern long-term agenda in scientific, technical and innovative cooperation is one of the most important priorities of the CIS countries’ interaction. That is why, an interstate program of innovative cooperation is now being implemented in the CIS.
By a decision of the Council of Heads of Government of the CIS, Rossotrudnichestvo was appointed in 2010 the coordinating customer of this program, as the Agency has a network of representative offices, Russian Centers for Science and Culture, in all the CIS countries and other states.
By another decision of the Council of Heads of Government of the CIS, the Foundation for Development of Skolkovo New Technologies Development and Commercialization Centre became the operator of the program.
Each country identified its national customers represented by a ministry or a department, and its national program contact centers, including academies of sciences, large universities and other institutions responsible for innovative development and cooperation.
National Government Customers of the Program are:
from the Republic of Armenia - the Ministry of Economy;
from the Republic of Belarus - State Committee on Science and Technology;
from the Republic of Kazakhstan - the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development (formerly the Ministry of Investment and Development);
from the Republic of Kyrgyzstan - the Ministry of Education and Science;
from the Republic of Moldova - Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Moldova;
from the Russian Federation - the Ministry of Science and Higher Education;
from the Republic of Tajikistan - the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade;
National Contact Centers of the Program are:
from the Republic of Armenia - “National Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship” SNCO;
from the Republic of Belarus - Belarusian Institute for System Analysis and Information Support for the Scientific and Technical Sphere (BelISA);
from the Republic of Kazakhstan - Joint Stock Company National Agency for Technological Development (JSC NATD);
from the Republic of Kyrgyzstan - Yeltsin Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University;
from the Republic of Moldova - Agency for Innovation and Technology Transfer of the Academy of Sciences;
from the Russian Federation - Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (PFUR);
from the Republic of Tajikistan - Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan.
The developers of the Program aimed at creating conditions for increasing the global competitiveness of the CIS countries’ economy, transforming it into a socially oriented innovative one, implementing economic development priorities on the basis of an efficient interaction of national innovative systems, and as a consequence, confirming the international credibility of the CIS as of a world center of technological leadership.
Many aspects of the program are currently being intensively studied by all innovations administrators of the CIS countries. Since the start of the Program’s implementation, national institutions for innovative development have been built in the states-members.
Executing its powers of a coordinating customer, Rossotrudnichestvo supervises the activities of national government customers regarding program events and other operational issues arising in the course of the Program’s implementation.
Together with the Skolkovo Foundation, CIS partners, the Interstate Council for Cooperation in Scientific-Technical Information and Innovation, the CIS Executive Committee, Rossotrudnichestvo has formed an efficient legal and methodological framework. Many documents of the Program, setting standards and shaping the CIS innovation space, have been developed by the Agency’s order and with the participation of our employees and experts.
Over the past three years, we have prepared:
- Regulation on the system for monitoring the innovation activities of the CIS countries within the Program,
- Regulation on the establishment of a network of centers for the commercialization of innovations of the Program states-members,
- Regulation on the interstate network of centers for collective use,
- The procedure for development and financing of the Program’s interstate innovation campaigns and events,
- The procedure for the distribution of rights to intellectual property resulted from the implementation of the Program’s interstate innovation campaigns and events,
and a number of other documents that were adopted by the CIS Economic Council or the Council of Heads of Government of the CIS.
We thank the CIS Executive Committee, the Interstate Council for Cooperation in Scientific-Technical Information and Innovation, and the Skolkovo Foundation for supporting our initiatives, and, of course, the Governments of the countries for their high trust and the harmonization of these documents.
Annually, Rossotrudnichestvo implements educational projects, conferences and round tables on innovative cooperation in the CIS countries.
Currently, it is launching an interstate network of centers for the collective use of high-precision equipment and an interstate network of commercialization. Moreover, recommendations have been prepared on the activities of the centers of competence.
A portal of centers for the collective use of scientific equipment and unique scientific facilities has already been founded in Russia. 597 collective use centers and 350 unique scientific facilities have already been registered; seven Megascience facilities are currently being implemented.
On May 31, 2019, in Ashgabat, the Council of Heads of Government of the CIS made a decision to work out a draft 2030 Interstate Program for Innovative Cooperation.
The main objective of this program will be the development of an interstate innovation space, combining the capabilities of CIS national innovation systems.
Together with the CIS science, education, economy stakeholders and international experts, Rossotrudnichestvo and the Skolkovo Foundation, will propose the concept of the program and its draft.