Project Description

The International Innovative Nanotechnology Centre (InINCIS) Establishment Program

1. Main Participants

     • Europe (Germany - Dortmund, other countries)
     • CIS Member States

     •  The International Intergovernmental Scientific Organization “Joint Institute for Nuclear Research” (originator and executor)
     •  RSC “Kurchatov Institute” (co-executer)
     •  The Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation
     •  The International Association of Academies of Sciences (IAAS)
     •  RusSEZ
     •  SC “RUSNANO”
     •  Rossotrudnichestvo
     •  Business partners (JSFC “Sistema” and others)

2. Stakeholders

•  Business
•  Entrepreneurs, including SMEs
•  Research and Technology Organizations
•  Education
•  Investment communities (private investors and venture capital)
•  Research funders, including charities and foundations
•  Local, regional and national governments

3. Program Objectives

The InINCIS objective is the integration of scientific, educational and innovative activities of participating states and organizations in the field of nanotechnology.

The InINCIS is being established on the base of JINR and RSC “Kurchatov Institute” while drawing on the potential and possibilities of the “Dubna” special economic zone of technological-and-innovative type.

JINR is the only international intergovernmental scientific organization in the Russian Federation. The Institute has 24 Member States from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, including 9 CIS Member Countries.

There are a number of high-class scientific and educational institutions in Russia and other countries, but they are quite often isolated from the business world and don’t create “critical mass” necessary for the innovations. The InINCIS will become a mechanism, which will naturally unite three sides of the “knowledge triangle” (education – research – innovations) and enable the countries to transfer their research results and project developments to commercial application of innovations. The InINCIS will bridge the innovations gap between the member states and their main international competitors and will become one of the catalysts for achieving excellence in the area of nanotechnologies to respond to the challenges of the globalization.

4. World Experience – European Model of Innovations

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is considered to be the most promising model of such international organization in Europe. It was established in 2008 by the European Union. The EIT is designed to be governed by a two-level structure, which combines both a bottom-up and a top-down approach: a governance structure, which is based on the key Governing Board (GB) and Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).

The EIT will operate by building networks of pre-existent research institutions and universities without building any new organizations. Based on the analysis of the world experience, JINR has prepared drafts of the InINCIS Regulations and the Agreement on its establishment.

5. Model of the InINCIS

•  The InINCIS will be set up as the Universal Networking Structure (UNS), which will combine a number of responsibilities ranging from task assignment and its validation to implementation of the developed technologies into industrial production.

•  The InINCIS core will be the Central Governing Board (“Electronic Directorate”). Its staff has a good understanding of the market, represents engineering orders in favor of or on request by one or a number of participating states/organizations, has the opportunities to place orders to implement projects throughout the world. The test administration of the finished products will be carried out in a laboratory located in any country. After such products have been engineered in the design-centre, the Central Governing Board will place orders for their manufacturing and later organize their sales on the global market.

•  In reality, the Governing Board will create “chains from knowledge to market” and select the very elements of the scientific and production infrastructure in member states, which will serve the purpose of the specific project in the best possible way.

6. Advantages of the InINCIS

•  The InINCIS capitalizes on innovation potential of participating states by adopting a new way of working between research, education, and innovation.
•   Long-term commitment by business from the outset is essential to the InINCIS’s success.
•  Education and entrepreneurship must be integral parts of innovation partnership.
•  Opportunity for mutual effective cooperation and joint funding with other international and national programs and funds

7. Timeframe and Implementation Stages

Time Period: 2009 – 2011

    Stage 1:    The year of 2009 (organizational stage – setting up of the InINCIS – creation of the Governing Board);
    Stage 2:    The year of 2010 (launch of 2 or 3 “technological chains” within the framework of the InINCIS);
    Stage 3:   The year of 2011 (full-fledged operation of the InINCIS – technology transfer into nanoindustry).

8. List of Main Events (1)      Preparation of constitutive documentation for the InINCIS, setting up of the roadshow in participating states, arranging of the organizational forum and the “Virtual forum”, which will become an integral part of the joint InINCIS IT-infrastructure – JINR, Rossotrudnichestvo, and International Fund of Humanitarian Cooperation of the CIS (IFHC CIS).

(2)     Submission of the InINCIS documentation to the CIS Executive Committee – Rossotrudnichestvo and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.

(3)     Implementation of the pilot technological project based on the InINCIS model – JINR, RSC “Kurchatov Institute”, and the Federal Agency for Science and Innovation.

(4)     Construction of the Multi-access Centre – RusSEZ.

(5)     Provision of the equipment for the Multi-access Centre – SC “RUSNANO”.

(6)     Execution of the agreement with the Asset Management Company – «Technologie Zentrum Dortmund Management» (Germany).
9. Projected Funding

Gross Volume for the time period of 2009 through 2011 is 500 million rubles, including:
     • 120 million rubles funded by the Federal Agency for Science and Innovation within the Federal Target Program;
     •  120 million rubles funded internally by JINR;
     •  20 million rubles funded by the IFHC CIS for the year of 2009 (the funding in 2010-2011 will be carried out in accordance with the agreement);
     •  240 million rubles funded through the contributions by the InINCIS participating states and organizations.

While establishing the InINCIS, the funds drawn from the operation of the Multi-access Centre for Nanotechnologies will be utilized; they comprise the value of the building in 500 million rubles (RusSEZ) and the cost of the equipment in 500 million rubles (RUSNANO).

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