RUSSIA AND GERMANY PRESENTED THE RESULTS OF JOINT ACTIVITY ON SUPPORT OF SMALL ENTERPRISES

11th November 2013

23 October 2013 assistance Fund and the International Bureau of the BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and research) presented the results of joint activities in the framework of a special conference «Moving forward: German-Russian cooperation between research institutions and innovation enterprises».

General Director of the Fund Sergey Polyakov, Director of international programs of the Foundation Olga Levchenko, the head of the Department for cooperation with Russia and the CIS, the Ministry of education and research of Germany Michael Schlicht made presentations about strengthening of bilateral cooperation in the field of innovation strategies of Fund of assistance to development of small forms of enterprises in scientific and technical sphere and BMBF in the field of international cooperation.

The conference was attended by representatives of the Ministry of education and science of the Russian Federation, the Russian Fund of technological development, the Association of innovative regions of Russia, the Laser Association of SME Bank, the Russian Embassy in Berlin, and also representatives of 15 small innovative companies of Russia which demonstrated the opportunities for sustainable Russian-German cooperation ("Medotel", "Crystal"). Success stories of companies participating in multilateral projects were presented ("Eranet": "RKS" (Ulyanovsk), "GRAD-inform" (Omsk)).

The conference ended with a discussion on the theme «Prospects of cooperation between research institutions and innovation enterprises in Russia, Germany and the EU» in which the issues of joint activities around the cluster initiatives in Russia and the EU, technological priorities for future cooperation, as well as additional funding instruments of bilateral cooperation were discussed.

Fund of assistance and BMBF discussed the vision for the future cooperation between Russia and Germany in the sphere of innovations. Representatives of the authorities, as well as experts in the field of science and education will discuss perspectives of German-Russian cooperation at the bilateral and European level.

24 October 2013 assistance Fund and the International Bureau of the BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and research) conducted a launch conference (Kick-off Meeting) for representatives of Russian and German companies selected as a result of the fifth gathering of proposals for joint German-Russian research projects in the field of applied research focused on the production and collaboration of small and medium-sized enterprises in scientific-technical sphere.

Projects were presented on the following thematic areas: “Medicine and biotechnology” (8 projects), "Nanotechnology and optical technologies" (4 projects), ICT (3 projects).

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