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.