How many innovative projects focused on commercialization have been financed so far?

This year, the Ministry of Innovative Development has proceeded to funding of innovative projects aimed at making and commercialization of the innovative produce. Authors of 115 completed scientific projects made reports aimed at preparation of feasibility studies for implemented developments and production of industrial models of their research developments. 51 out of presented projects have been selected as promising.
According to findings of financial and economic and technical examination of selected projects as well as based on opinions of representatives of economic branches, the Ministry of Innovative Development has allocated 19, 037 billion Uzbek soums to fund 37 projects for the development of innovative products and their commercialization. Industries and private sector invested 1.9 billion soums in 13 projects.
In particular, to turn the Choost district of the Namangan region into an innovation area, the projects will introduce an innovative chisel cultivator, a potato digger, a fiber quality separator, industrial models of micro hydroelectric power plants without hydraulic pumps, and pumpkin processing technologies. Moreover, a project for setting up of an innovative screening center for the detection of cancer diseases in the Choost district has been also financed.

Funding research projects on a grant giving basis

On March 10 this year, the Ministry of Innovative Development held a press conference at the National Press Center “Funding of Scientific Projects on a Grant Giving Basis.” The Minister of Innovative Development, academician Ibrokhim Abdurakhmonov updated the press conference participants on the new system for allocation of scientific grants and grants’ obtaining processes as well as responded to questions from journalists.

The Ministry of Innovative Development makes selection and implements financing of projects under the state programs for scientific activities, as well as it forms state orders for scientific projects, maintains a state register of the projects, and monitors their implementation. To date, the Ministry of Innovative Development has fully implemented the mechanism of state order for research, based on the best world practices. Tenders for state orders for thematic projects with a clear description of end product and amounts of funding are regularly announced, having been introduced as a new procedure. Topics of competitions are announced as a state order aimed at seeking a scientific solution to burning economic and social problems. Financial scope of the state order for each published topic is determined well ahead; whereas at least two projects have to be submitted in order to take part in the competition. The created competitive environment enables receiving grants duly. At present, funding for one project has increased by 3.5 times, and at least 40% of the funds are intended for procurement of required equipment, reagents and materials.
For examination of scientific projects, new Scientific and Technical Councils (STC) of 450 qualified scientists and specialists in 18 disciplines, have been formed under the Ministry. The members are periodically renewed and act on a voluntary basis. To date, 126 scientists owning the Hirsch index, have been selected in the international Scopus and Web of Science databases out of over 520 candidates nominated by 102 scientific organizations. Memberships of 18 scientific and technical councils have undergone rotation. 36 overseas scientists have been engaged as experts in the Scientific and Technical Councils.

The role of scientific societies in forming scientific domains

Ministry of Innovative Development organized an event dedicated to the role of scientific societies in the formation of scientific domains and ensuring their effective functioning. The event was attended by members of the Mathematical Society of Uzbekistan, leading specialists and scientists in this field.

The Head of the Department for the Development of Science and Scientific and Technical Research of the Ministry of Innovative Development, Professor Shukhrat Otajonov spoke about the establishment of scientific societies in relevant scientific areas within the framework of implementation of the concept of science development in Uzbekistan until 2030.

According to this concept, young specialists with managerial and economic potential will be appointed to the positions of heads of scientific organizations. In turn, from January 1, 2021, a system of advanced training of heads of scientific organizations was introduced at the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Since the beginning of this year, each scientific organization has introduced the position of a consultant for science and research. In addition, scientific societies are being created in all disciplines to form scientific domains and ensure their effective functioning, as well as increase the responsibility of scientific schools and leading scientists in this area.

Experience of Georgia in the sphere of innovation, information technologies and research and development centers

A video conference was held under the leadership of the Deputy Minister of Innovative Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Azimjon Nazarov and Chairman of the Agency for Innovation and Technology of Georgia Avtandil Kasradze.

In course of the meeting, the Georgian side got acquainted with the activities of the Research and Practical Center for Implementation of Innovative Developments under the Innovative Technology park of “Yashnabad”; the parties discussed the issues on the development and implementation of innovative concepts, projects and technologies, encouraging innovative activism of scientists and entrepreneurs, strengthening the integration of education and science.  Following the results of the videoconference, the parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Innovative Development and the Agency for Technologies of Georgia.

The signed Memorandum of Understanding implies that upon the mutual agreement, the parties will organize exhibitions of innovative developments, scientific and practical conferences, seminars and acceleration programs. A roadmap for practical cooperation in the field of artificial intellect, agriculture, power supply, transport, tourism, entrepreneurship and healthcare will be developed.

A meeting with a UNDP representative in Uzbekistan

The Ministry of Innovative Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan held a meeting with the representative of the United Nations Development Program in Uzbekistan Matilda Dimovskaya. The meeting was chaired by the Deputy Minister of Innovative Development Azimjon Nazarov.

During the meeting, the parties discussed the implementation of the draft Concept “Aral Sea – a zone of environmental innovations and technologies”, developed by a working group formed with representatives of ministries and departments of the republic in cooperation with the UN Development Program and international organizations.

М. Dimovskaya noted that addressing problems concerning the Aral Sea region and the development of the region are on the list of issues of close attention of the UN Development Program, and expressed readiness to implement other projects jointly with the Ministry of Innovative Development.

The parties touched upon the issues of cooperation in developing a draft concept for the future activities of the Ministry of Innovative Development.

Following the meeting, M. Dimovskaya toured the new building of the ministry and got acquainted with the conditions created for young scientists and researchers, representatives of startups and employees of the ministry.

Minister of Innovative Development met with scientists at Bukhara State University

On January 21st this year, Minister of Innovative Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan Ibrohim Abdurakhmonov visited the Bukhara State University. The Minister got acquainted with the work performed at the Bukhara State University in the field of science and innovation.

The university hosted the meeting with professors and gifted youth from the universities functioning in the Bukhara region. Briefing the meeting participants on the activities of the Ministry, I.Abdurakhmonov noted that the ministry is always open to suggestions. The minister made comments on each query and proposal.

During the meeting, it was also noted that an innovative project led by Professor Sh.R. Baratov and an applied project under the leadership of Professor M.K. Abuzalova won the competition for scientific projects and received a grant from the Ministry. They were awarded special certificates of the Ministry of Innovative Development.

The Minister of Innovative Development took part in the international scientific conference “Mahmudhoja Behbudi and the Jadid Press”.

On January 19, this year,  an international online conference “Mahmudhoja Behbudi and the Jadid Press” dedicated to the 146th anniversary of Mahmudhoja Behbudi was held at the Ministry of Innovative Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan jointly with the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education, the University of Journalism and Mass Communications of Uzbekistan and the Research Support Center.

Minister of Innovative Development Ibrohim Abdurakhmonov noted that the international conference once again gave an opportunity to remember the father and leader of the Turkestan Jadids, public figure, playwright – Mahmudhoja Behbudi.

“If you pay attention, the life and creativeness of Mahmudhoji Behbudi can be described as striving for innovation, – said I. Abdurakhmonov. – New schools were founded in Samarkand in 1903 by Behbudi, who believed that the only way to save people from tyranny and ignorance was education, knowledge and science.  Behbudi and his followers made efforts to improve the social and political systems of the country and change their way of life. Mahmudhoja Behbudi and the Jadids under his guidance can be undoubtedly called the first innovators of our republic. This is the opening of new schools with modern teaching methods, the creation of new theatre troupes to promote education in the absence of the Internet and television. The fact that setting of required conditions to educate the youths of Turkestan is consistent with our goal, which we now call the development of human capital, also proves the importance and topicality of this conference.

I would like to note that the Ministry of Innovative Development has announced a competition for projects to study the history of the Jadids’ movement in Turkestan, the legacy of the Jadids under the guidance of Mahmudhoja Behbudi. The numerous projects submitted by historians, philologists, linguists and art critics of the republic to the competition of innovative projects on “Creation of an electronic platform “jadid.uz” in the direction of Philology, Pedagogy and Psychology, shows the great interest of our scientists in this topic.

 

BelISA will audit research organizations of the republic

Minister of Innovative Development Ibrokhim Abdurakhmonov received a delegation led by the head of the scientific and technical department of the State Committee for Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus and the director of the Belarus Institute for System Analysis and Information Support (BelISA).

The Belarus Institute for System Analysis and Information Support (BelISA) won an international competition organized by the Ministry of Innovative Development for the audit of scientific and innovative activities of all state scientific organizations of the republic; a corresponding document was signed.

In accordance with the Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On Approval of the Concept for the Development of Science before 2030” in 2021, the task was set to audit scientific and innovative activities of all state research organizations with the involvement of independent international experts. The audit is expected to be carried out every three years.

 

In accordance with requirements of the audit of scientific and innovative activities of research organizations, the international auditing company will directly visit 104 research organizations of the republic to make a thorough analysis and provide a conclusion on the basis of their scientific and innovative activities.

The winners of the ‘Talents discovered on quarantine’ competition were awarded

On September 11, the Ministry of Innovative Development awarded the winners of the competition announced by the scientific, technical, spiritual and educational, popular magazine “Technologies of the XXI century” under the motto “Talents discovered on quarantine”.
All participants of the competition were awarded memorable prizes and certificates from the editors of the ‘Technology of the XXI Century’ magazine.
The competition lasted from 15 to 31 August. The purpose of the competition was to identify the interests of young people during the quarantine period in our country. According to the terms of the competition, participants should effectively use the time in quarantine period and send a video or photo showing how they play sports, learn crafts, demonstrate artistic abilities, or work on an invention. Persons aged 5 to 25 were eligible to take part in the competition.

During the established period, interesting videos and photographs were received from about 200 participants. The best of them were selected and posted on the Telegram channel “Technologies of the XXI century”. Evaluating the skills of the participants, they were divided into the following nominations #inventor # artist # useful quarantine # musician # culinary specialist # athlete # artist.
Following the official part of the event, the participants were invited to an excursion in the new building of the Ministry of Innovative Development.

 

Francis Gurry: “It is commendable that Uzbekistan supports innovation!”

On September 9 this year, an international online conference dedicated to the Global Innovation Index took place with the participation of the Ministry of Innovative Development and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

On September 2 this year, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Cornell University presented the 13th edition, dedicated to the issue “Who will finance innovation?”. In 2020, Uzbekistan was ranked 93rd among 131 countries.

Francis Gurry, Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, thanked the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Innovative Development, for supporting innovation as a key area of economic development in Uzbekistan.

– We are very pleased to see that after 5 years of silence, Uzbekistan is again presented in the Global Innovation Index. – In recent years, your country jointly with the GII Group has done a lot to ensure data transparency and improve the criteria for evaluating innovation. These efforts have yielded results, and today, in 2020, Uzbekistan ranks 93rd. Compared to the 122nd place in 2015, this is a good indicator. Moreover, your country ranks 4th among the countries of Central and South Asia. High indicators of “Market Development”, “Infrastructure and Education”, “Competitiveness of Higher Education” in Uzbekistan are worth praising. Your country is also in the top ten for science and engineering graduates, ease of starting a business and capital investment, which is important for the science of the future.