On September 13, 2019, the Technology Commercialization Department held a meeting with representatives of the Project Management Unit (PMU) of the Science Committee of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The meeting was attended by the deans of faculties, deputy deans on scientific work, heads of research institutes and scientists of ENU.
This meeting is intended to encourage the submission of applications for international grant programs.
During the meeting, the presentation of the Technology Commercialization Implementation Plan in Kazakhstan, information on commercialization offices, new technologies in other developed countries was presented. Special attention was paid to the international grant program register "Aggregator". This is an international database of grants, which collects information about available grants for Kazakh scientists, students and organizations. At the moment, the database contains more than 400 grants of different directions (fpip.kz/index.php/en/other-grants).
Murat Sartbayev, PMU Director, said that financial support is available for almost any type of activity, from academic studies to research, work in art residences and participation in scientific conferences and seminars. Each grant program has its own characteristics, objectives and requirements.
PMU specialists told the participants about the factors that hinder participation in grant programs, and what is needed to overcome them, how to choose the appropriate research direction on the website "Aggregator". All proposals are collected by the Aggregator of grant programs - there are many of them, and it is logical to start with them to get to know the world of grants and scholarships. All of them are provided with filters, you can sort programs by country, deadlines, subject areas, etc.
General directions and further prospects of bilateral cooperation were discussed during the meeting.
"We hope for fruitful cooperation with PMU and our scientists are ready to participate in international grant programs," said Gulnara Merzadinova, Vice-Rector for Research and Development. - We have a positive experience of participation in such scientific programs. And I would like to express my gratitude to PMU representatives for the valuable information presented to our colleagues”.
The first company in Kazakhstan to have received an international certificate of quality in the field of genetic research of farm animals to confirm the breed and breeding origin.
The winner of one of the grant programs of the Fostering Productive Innovation Project of the Science Committee and the World Bank - Genesis.KZ LLP. This is the first company to receive an international certificate of quality in the field of genetic research of farm animals to confirm the breed and breeding origin. In September 2019, the regular two-year cycle of international comparative performance testing of laboratories engaged in agricultural animal genetic research and genetic quality control of breeding operations was completed. These laboratory quality studies are conducted every two years by the International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG), a representative international organization (headquartered in the United States) that brings together hundreds of laboratories around the world that perform genetic studies of livestock to identify, confirm origin and validate their breed. The scope of the research is important for the state authorities responsible for animal husbandry, nonprofit organizations of cattle breeders (chambers), and the farms that carry out genetic control of livestock. In Kazakhstan, genetic confirmation of the origin of young cattle is mandatory for meat breeds (Angus, Gereford, etc.).
A Kazakhstani participant, Genesis.KZ LLP, based in Nur-Sultan, participated in the 2018-2019 cycle of ISAG comparative tests of the quality laboratories' work.
International tests are conducted as follows: all participating laboratories receive encrypted samples with unknown genotypes and a test assignment on paper from the ISAG Central office. The tasks are to examine the samples and identify the relationship. Research results and solved test tasks are sent to the Central office of ISAG.
According to the results of participation in the quality tests, Genesis.KZ LLP received an international quality certificate with the highest possible quality rating: Absolute genotyping accuracy rank 1 corresponds to the accuracy of 98%-100% genotype determination and completely correct solution of the test tasks for determining the animal kinship based on specific genotypes. Only 50% of participating laboratories worldwide achieved the same result.
Quality certificate for Genesis.KZ LLP (registration number ISAG 128870) is attached.
Brief information about Genesis.KZ LLP
Genesis.KZ LLP provides commercial services to confirm the genetic origin of cattle (cattle) to assign category 1 and receipt of state subsidies on the development of breeding. Service is based on genotyping to confirm paternal and maternal parenthood, establishing the origin, with the entry of animal genetic data (genotypes) in the national database of breeding stock (IAS database) and issuance of genetic passports (certificates) to customers. On the basis of our genetic certificates, customers receive category 1 for bulls and subsidies from the state.
We carry out genotyping of cattle, place genotypes in the IAS database and issue genetic passports.
The procedure is as follows:
- Client fills in the contract (we send a template) and sends us two copies of the contract and the table by fast mail.Along with the documents the farm sends cattle hair to Genesis.KZ LLP. Hair is put in special envelopes and envelopes are put in plastic zip-lock bags. It is sent by mail (cooling is not necessary).
- After receiving the prepayment and hair samples, we perform genotyping and enter the genotypes into the IAS and prepare genetic certificates (genetic passports). We send genetic passports in electronic form or also in paper form as requested by the client.
- Upon completion of the work, Genesis.KZ LLP sends the client genetic certificates for bulls and closing documents under the contract.
"EdTech Forum: People. Inspiration. Progressive growth" took place in Nur-sultan.
It is the first Kazakhstani event in the field of educational technologies, connecting the country with global opportunities which was attended by the sub-project of the grant program for Junior and Senior Researchers "Unified information system for vocational guidance, analysis and forecasting of the needs of specialties".
EdTech Forum brought together recognized world experts and local participants in the field of educational technologies, ministries and departments, universities, professional community, developers and investors who are involved in educational technologies and are interested in its development of the industry, providing and simplifying access to knowledge through new technologies.
Sub-project Leader presented an information system Bagdar.kz. The sub-project received recommendations on improving the system. The event was moderated by Pavel Koktyshev, Deputy Chairman of the Board of JSC NIH "Zerde".
In his statement at the Astana Economic Forum, Mr. Murat Sartbayev, Director of the Project Management Unit of Fostering Productive Innovation Project said that science and business are uniting in Kazakhstan. He spoke at the panel session “Social development through flexible education and science” and told why inclusive innovation is a modern trend in development of scientific thought in Kazakhstan, reports Toppress.kz.
Inclusive innovation encompasses development, dissemination and implementation of innovations that can improve living conditions. The concept of inclusive innovation has emerged in developing countries, where the poverty faced by many people deprives them not only of the benefits of scientific and technological progress but also of access to the means to meet their basic needs. Inclusive innovations allow to expand access to high-quality products and services that create and increase opportunities for marginal segments of the population, - the speaker explained.
It should be noted that one of the important participants of inclusive business is the state. It can act as a customer and consumer of innovative solutions, if R&Ds and innovation meet the social priorities of public policy.
A key aspect of the inclusive business or social entrepreneurship model is that such projects are profit - oriented and remain sustainable and self-sufficient in market conditions. However, we should not confuse this with charity, as an inclusive business model involves primarily commercial benefits. But at the same time, it is aimed at solving socially acute problems of society.
Despite the overall favourable socio-economic situation, there are still vulnerable segments of the population, which are present both in the city and in rural areas. So often, residents of some rural settlements are deprived of elementary material benefits such as clean drinking water, quality medical services and education. Another problem is integration of people with disabilities into normal functioning of society and ensuring their work, despite the work of supporting centers for these people, - Murat Sartbayev said.
Currently, Fostering Productive Innovation Project of Kazakhstan and the World Bank is implementing the Inclusive Innovation Consortia Grant Program which aims to unite science and business, create and implement innovation projects with direct social impact. Through implementation of this grant program, Kazakhstan will be able to increase the rating of inclusive development index, which will increase general GIC (Global Competitiveness Index) rating of Kazakhstan.
Before launch of the program, a lot of work was done with the study of international experience and involvement of leading international experts. Surveys and interviews were conducted among representatives of the main stakeholders of the grant program – relevant ministries and their subordinate organizations, NCE "Atameken", representatives of civil society, international organizations, business, education and science. In addition to analytical work, a lot of work has been done in remote rural areas of Kazakhstan, - the speaker said.
Applications for the call were accepted only in electronic form through a specially created electronic portal to ensure absolute transparency of the process and minimize the human factor.
Priority areas of the grant program: education, health, information and communication technologies, environmental protection, renewable energy sources, agriculture, rational use of resources.
This grant program is a pilot and implemented for the first time in Kazakhstan. It is important to note that it is fully correlated with strategic objectives of the state. Currently, selection of winners of the Inclusive Innovation Consortia Grant Program has been completed. 95 applications were submitted, 9 of which were selected. Co-financing from business is 15%. The projects are aimed at solving social problems in the field of medicine and health care, agriculture, adaptation of people with special needs.
The sub-project is working on setting up the production of 2 construction materials: gas-glass concrete and foam concrete, structural energy-saving materials that do not require additional reinforced insulation.
Gas-glass concrete and foam concrete is used in all areas of the construction industry, such as housing, industrial and agricultural construction, construction of schools, hospitals, administrative and public buildings.
Therefore, the product attracted interest of construction companies. On the basis of the exhibition, Eskolit LLP held meetings with companies Bi Group and Aldar EuroAsia LLP, where they discussed application of building materials - gas glass and foam concrete. The visitors also showed great interest in the new materials. Agreements have been reached and arrangements have been made for further cooperation.
Minister of Education and Science of Kazakhstan K.N. Shamshidinova visited the booth and got acquainted with products of "Escolit" LLP.
Visitors to the exhibition received extensive information about the advantages of the new building material:
- Market value is 1.5–3 times lower than competitors;
- Uses crushed man-made cullet instead of sand;
- Improvement of the environment in industrialized regions,
- reduction of morbidity;
- Reduction of volumes of construction products imported from abroad with given physical,mechanical and technological properties.
During development of the project and its implementation, production of construction products in the amount of 5616 cubic meters per year will be organized, where up to 30 permanent jobs and technological lines under the order will be created.