Census of innovators // Officials to create a register of supported startups

Innovative companies receiving state support will be included in a unified register – it will be kept by the Ministry of Economy. The register will contain information about who exactly provides support, to what extent and for what project. Another base – for research, development and technological work for civilian purposes – is entrusted to lead the Ministry of Education. Development institutions are encouraged to provide access to both of these bases. This will allow them to directly receive information about companies that are candidates for support, without asking for it from the startups themselves.

The government approved a draft law prepared by the Ministry of Economy on the creation of a register of innovative companies – the ultimate recipients of state support. The document sent to the State Duma provides for amendments to the law “On Science and State Scientific and Technical Policy”.

The Ministry of Economy will keep the register, the department hopes that its appearance will allow “to receive feedback” and “measure the effects” from the implementation of measures of state support for innovations. The register will include a list of companies, information about who exactly they receive state support, in what form and in what volume, as well as information on ongoing innovative projects.

In addition to the rules on the register, the bill establishes that the Ministry of Education and Science will be responsible for the already existing Unified State Information System for Recording Research, Development and Technological Works for Civilian Purposes. It must contain projects and approved topics of scientific research, plans of scientific work, as well as reports on the implementation of R&D, which do not contain commercial and other secrets protected by law.

The bill proposes to give access to these two information systems to development institutions in order to facilitate the exchange of information about the recipients of support (and not involve startups themselves for this, which will simplify the procedures for providing documentation). The format of access to data will be determined by the internal documents of the development institutions themselves, but they will be able to receive such information only with the consent of the companies themselves.

Recall that within the framework of a large-scale reform announced at the end of last year, it is planned to unite on the basis of VEB.RF most development institutions, including those focused on supporting technology businesses (the Innovation Promotion Fund, the Skolkovo Foundation and Rusnano). By the end of June this year, updated strategies of these organizations should be presented, taking into account the seamlessness of the support provided to the business as performance indicators.

Tatiana Edovina