Ural Research and Education Center to Be Awarded a Grant of 119.4m Rubles


The funds will be used for the Center’s key projects

80 % of the 119.4-million-ruble grant will be allocated to activities linked directly to the implementation of the technological projects. Source of the photo: UrFU Press Center

The Ural Interregional Research and Education Center for Advanced Production and Materials is to receive a 119.4-million-ruble grant from the government of the Russian Federation in 2022. Grant recipients among Russian research and education centers were determined by a council headed by the Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko and Presidential Aide Andrey Fursenko. The final list of the 15 beneficiaries was approved by the Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

‘The grant will definitely provide a boost for the development of the center. It also reflects the work that has already been carried out in 2021. The center has established itself as a platform for an efficient dialogue between the academia, education, business and authorities. The Sverdlovsk, Chelyabinsk and Kurgan regions successfully implement their joint projects and aim to introduce advanced technologies and materials into the production process,’ says Vladimir Yakushev, Presidential Envoy to the Ural Federal District and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the UIREC.

According to Viktor Koksharov, the Chairman of the UIREC Governing Board and the Rector of the UrFU 80 % of the 119.4-million-ruble grant will be allocated to activities linked directly to the implementation of the technological projects. The remaining funds will primarily be used for the development of the human resources potential of technological projects, for the development of skills of scientists, researchers, and engineers, as well as for the development of special educational programmes for enterprises and organisations that are a part of the UIREC.

‘Support will first and foremost be given to import substitution projects and, of course, to world-class initiatives. The grant funds are planned to support projects with the center’s major industrial partners: Roscosmos – Scientific and Production Association of Automatics, Sinara SRC STM, ROSATOM, ZAO Sensor, OOO Cybersteel, OOO Megahim-Proekt, UNIMATIC, ZAO R&D Enterprise — Mashprom, KUMZ. The projects are implemented in areas such as aerospace technologies, innovative energy technologies, new materials, innovative technologies, industrial and urban ecology,’ says Viktor Koksharov.

On his part, UIREC development director Igor Manzhurov emphasises: the money received from the federal budget will, first of all, be used to implement breakthrough import-substituting projects, world-class projects, and to support project research teams.

‘The support for the scientific teams,’ says Mr. Manzhurov, ‘is crucial to accelerate the implementation of their projects. On that foundation the companies make a financial contribution to the implementation of the research results obtained by the scientists in the enterprises’ own production facilities. It is important that we keep up the pace of projects in the current challenging environment, perhaps to even speed up the previously declared deadlines. Many projects are planned for implementation in 2024, but we hope to implement some of them even in 2022 and 2023. We are primarily focused on import-substitution projects that can be launched as soon as possible.’