August 09, 2018

Dear applicants,

On August 6, 2018 the application period under Productive Sector Consortia Grant Program finished. At the moment, the applications are being assessed against administrative criteria, then applications will be sent for expert evaluation.

All relevant information will be posted on the Project's website, aslo mailings will be sent to applicants to email addresses in their accounts on the Portal.

For detailed information PSC Grant Program you can contact e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the coordinator by phone: + 7-7172-23-90-35, + 7-708-984-27-11.

August 07, 2018

Dear applicants,

The Science Committee of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, within the framework of the Project "Fostering Productive Innovation", announces a competition for the Grants Program for the PhD Research and Training Grant (Type A).

PhD Research and Training Grant Program is aimed at applying the potential of the world's leading educational, scientific and production organizations in the development of industrial and innovative potential of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the field of training, professional development and retraining, as well as joint scientific research, introduction of scientific developments to the industry.

The period of technology commercialization under this Grant Program should not exceed 12 (twelve) month.

The maximum amount of the grant will be 17 million tenge.

Acceptance of applications via the Portal ( begins on August 07, 2018 and ends on September 07, 2018 at 6:00 pm Astana time.

Applicants should carefully read and comply with all the requirements for participation in the PhD Research and Training Grant Program Manual (Type A). All applications must be submitted in English, State and/or Russian via the Portal on The applications in English will be considered as main document, since the examination of the projects will be carried out in English. Strict compliance with all requirements is required. Applications that do not comply with the rules of participation are subject to rejection and will not be accepted for consideration. Before starting the application, applicants should carefully read the environmental requirements for the subprojects, as well as with the prohibited activities under the Project.

On all questions you can contact PhD Research and Training Grant program manager Bektenov Daniyar by e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone +7 7172 27 71 21.

download the PhD Research and Training Grant Program Manual.

August 01, 2018

Dear applicants,

The Science Committee of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan within the scope of the Fostering Productive innovation Project announces the extension of the application deadline for Productive Sector Consortia Grant Program.

The deadline for applications is extended until August 6, 2018 until 18:00 Astana time.

The extension of deadline only applies to those applicants who have registered within the deadline set by the SC MoES RK, additional applications will not be accepted.

For detailed information on the Productive Sector Consortia Grant Program please contact e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: + 7-7172-23-90-35, + 7-708-984-27-11.

July 31, 2018

Dear applicants,

At the moment we are considering possibility of extending the application deadline for “Productive Sector Consortia” Grant Program.

Detailed information will be published on the Project website.

Contact details of the grant program coordinators:

e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

phone: + 7-7172-23-90-35, + 7-708-984-27-11.

July 26, 2018

Memo on Inclusive Innovation Consortia Grant Program

Within the scope of Fostering Productive Innovation Project implemented by the Science Committee of the Ministry of Education and Science RK it is planned to launch Inclusive Innovation Consortia Grant Program.

The Program aims to create inclusive innovation consortia between research organizations and businesses for promotion and development of social and inclusive innovations in Kazakhstan through provision of grants.

1.1 Aims and principles of the Grant Program

Inclusive innovations are any innovations that provide access to high quality goods, works and services that create opportunities to improve living standards of urban and rural population, including vulnerable and unreached population groups on a sustainable basis with a significant outreach.

Goal of the Inclusive Innovation Program is to combine science and business with the aim of creating and implementing innovative projects that have a significant social (and potentially environmental) impact on community and have a strong commercial potential. In particular, the Program assists organizations that:

- can grow steadily based on current and projected revenues (e.g. income from sales) or sources of sustainable financing, resulting in a clearer picture of increasing their scale. Profit is fully or partially reinvested in the company throughout the duration of the program in order to ensure its growth and, consequently, solution of social problems.

- provide direct and quantifiable changes in the lives of people, particularly, but not exclusively, in the lives of vulnerable populations, defined as people with less income and resources to live a full life. This is achieved, for example, through provision of essential goods and services to consumers that are not fully provided with (due to the fact that they live in poverty, in remote areas and can't be part of the prevailing welfare society), through acquisition of goods, works and services from producers and suppliers that do not have well-established relationships with major markets (e.g., small agricultural producers with a low level of specialization), or by providing employment opportunities to more vulnerable groups or people, that are difficult to access (formal) labor market.

- unite in its composition both above-mentioned aspects in such a way that this results in enhancing competitive advantages. Thus, reception of people with disabilities to low positions, having no particular significance for business will not meet the requirements of the Program.

The basic principle of the Program is that organizations that skillfully combine these three aspects become important players both in economic development and social inclusion/sustainability. As a rule, they develop a new way of solving old problems and begin to do business in new ways, using more risky and innovative approaches. Success of such organizations should be supported by technologies and innovations. Having reached the success, these organizations can really improve people's lives – sometimes in a scale of the entire village where they work, and sometimes at the scale of hundreds of thousands of people in the country and abroad.

In this regard, the Program is designed to unite science and business, to motivate and encourage entrepreneurs and businessmen to ensure that they attempt to do something bigger, better and new for the Kazakhstani society through technology, innovation or science.

1.2 Priority areas

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Environmental Protection
  • Renewable Energy
  • Agriculture
  • Rational use of resources
  • Other areas provided that they are improving lives and living conditions of vulnerable and unreached segments of the population

Approximate areas of inclusive innovation are:

- innovative solutions in the field of education;

- innovative methods for business processes to include persons with disabilities in everyday life;

- introduction of cheap and affordable energy saving technologies for rural and remote areas;

- introduction of accessible and affordable technologies to provide rural population with clean drinking water;

- introduction of innovative low-cost solutions in the field of telemedicine and remote diagnostics of both rural and urban populations;

- innovative solutions in food security and agriculture;

- innovative solutions in the field of safety and health of population.

The given xamples do not limit potential participants of IIC as inclusive innovation solutions can have a broader meaning and application. Implemented consortium project must correspond to, but are not limited to, a list of priority areas for development of inclusive innovations.

1.3 Consortium members

Mandatory participants of the Consortium must be:

  1. Commercial organizations or non-profit organizations (with the right to entrepreneurship), activities of which meet the goals and objectives of the implemented project.
  2. Scientific organizations with accreditation of a scientific and (or) scientific and technical entity.

1.4 Implementation period

Maximum implementation period of the project is 24 months.

1.5 Results

At the end of the project, consortium must reach the required level of commercialization, sustainable development and enterprise growth, and significant social impacts in the framework of implemented project.

For detailed information on Inclusive Innovation Consortia Grant Program please refer to the Project website, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

phone: +7 7172 23 90 35, +7 708 984 27 11.

*This memo is for informational purposes only and is not an official document. Grant Program Manual will be available on the Project website after official announcement of  Inclusive Innovation Consortia Grant Program contest.


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