Skoltech Translational and Research Innovation Program awards one year of funding for translational research to bridge the gap between laboratory and marketplace and drives innovation and entrepreneurship in Russia. The Program provides critical support for participating teams to help establish proof of concept and provide assistance with advancing their technology towards commercialization, including pre-start up identification of high potential market opportunities, intellectual property management, and, if appropriate, team development. It helps to ensure that the invention meets the market technological requirements and finds its niche. It is developed in collaboration with the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Both The Deshpande Center and MIT have a proven track record of success in technology commercialisation.
Foundation of Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises (Bortnik’s foundation) is a non-profit organization set up by the Russian Government in 1994, formed in accordance with the Decree of the Government. The Foundation is classified as one of Russia’s most important scientific development institutions. UMNIK is the pre-seed funding program aimed to support young individual scientists by providing 500 000 rubles as nonrefundable nontaxable grant through multi-staged selection; selection of the winners is carried out in accredited institute by the expert panel (scientists and experts, business representatives, foundation representatives) prepared by Skoltech and approved by the Foundation.
Main objectives of the program:
– Provide state support for young scientists who want to fulfill their potential through innovation, and encouraging participation of young people in science, technology and innovation;
– Conduct research by young scientists in order to implement their results in the economy;
– Preparing young scientists for creation of small innovative enterprises, necessary for the application of research results.
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs. By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.
By consortium agreement a first European network of FT-ICR (Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance) mass spectrometry (MS) centers in association with a manufacturer and a SME software company was established. http://www.eu-fticr-ms.eu/
Mass spectrometry (MS) has become the most ubiquitous analytical techniques in use today, providing more information on the composition and the structure of a substance from a smaller amount of sample than any other techniques. FT-ICR MS is the most powerful MS technique. It offers up to 100 fold higher mass resolving power and mass accuracy than any other MS technique.
The EU_FT-ICR_MS network includes 10 FT-ICR MS centers from 8 different European countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and United Kingdom) and 1 third country (Russia), a European FT-ICR MS manufacturer and 2 SMEs. It includes centers equipped with up-to-date FT-ICR MS and expertise which will cover most of the field in which FT-ICR mass spectrometry is involved: BioOrganic & BioInorganic, Cultural heritage, Glycomics, Environment, Imaging, InfraRed Spectroscopy of Ions in the Gas Phase, Lipidomics, Medicine, Petroleum & Coal Oil, Nanoparticles, Organic chemistry, Physical chemistry, Proteomics, Structural biology.
The Project has 4 objectives :
1. Provide the EU academic, SME and industrial communities’ with access to world-class FT-ICR MS centers.
2. Build an EU community of end-users and FT-ICR MS scientists.
3.Open access to data and open source software to the EU FT-ICR MS network.
4. Strengthen the FT-ICR MS application fields by promoting innovative and cooperative research between European FT-ICR MS academic scientists and private companies(instrumentation and software).