Priority for the domestic software industry will be supported on a co-financing basis

Priority for the domestic software industry will be supported on a co-financing basis

Natalia Solovyova

Ministry of Digital Development, Communication and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation and the Russian Fund for Information Technology Development (RFIT) intend to approve and publish new criteria
financial support for domestic developers by the end of 2019. the amount of government support is proposed to rank depending on the degree of importance of developing software for development
Russia and the forecasts for its monetization.

The innovation group was initiated by the Working Group on Information Security of the National Digital Economy Program. As the head of the group Natalia commented in the media
Kasperskaya, president of the InfoVatch group of companies and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, members of the group considered amendments to the support measures included in the list of domestic software developers included in the list.
priorities for the development of the Russian IT industry, and approved the proposed innovations.

The bottom line is in unit financing

Domestic software products, the manufacturers of which apply for a grant from the state, are proposed to be classified into three groups.

The first group should include operating systems; executable code preparation programs (compilers, interpreters, debuggers); modules and drivers critical for digital functioning
economy, as well as sub-program libraries (SDKs) for other priority domestic projects.

The second group is proposed to include database management systems, information security tools, systems for collecting, storing and processing information.

And the third group will include software such as embedded telecommunications software, office applications (Internet browsers, messengers, file managers, text and more).
editors), search engines, and specialized IPs.

The criteria for assigning the software to a particular group are rather vague – it is “the degree of significance for the development of Russia” and “the predicted possible monetization.” However, just because
which group will be assigned a particular software product will depend on the size of the state grant received by the manufacturer. The most generous funding can count
manufacturers of software products from the first group, and from the third group – in the most modest of the three options.

Specific amounts of government support for each of the three groups will be discussed later. While options are being considered. One of them, according to Natalia Kaspersky, looks like financing
creation of software in certain parts by the state and from the developer’s own funds For the first group, the share of public funds in financing could be, for example, 70%, for
the second – 50%, and for the third – 40%.

When the changes take effect

As experts of the RFRIT (responsible for the distribution of state grants) and officials assume Ministry of Communications of the Russian Federation, the final revision of the criteria will be published by the end
of the current year. And after the first developers have received the first grants, the criteria will be finalized.

Not everyone thinks this new initiative is appropriate. So, as Dmitry Komissar, CEO of New Cloud Technologies (NOT), stated in the media, software prioritization looks strange.
For example, the third priority was given to programs from different competitive environments: in the case of office software, about 90% of the Russian market is held by Microsoft, but there is no monopoly in the messenger niche.
Ambiguous, according to the expert, is the division of domestic office software and in the context of information security. So, according to Kaspersky Lab, in 2018 more than 70% of attacks
happened through Microsoft Office.

Office packages, continued Dmitry Komissar, require no less support than the operating systems that received the highest priority. For example, not only editors are included in the NOT platform
text and spreadsheets, but also email, calendar, messenger, third-party application integration solutions. This is a very large development that can be compared to writing
operating system from scratch.

Grants for “cross-cutting” digital economy technologies and import substitution

It should be noted that the RFRIT holds an annual competition for the award of grants intended for refinement and implementation of programs based on “cross-cutting” technologies of the program “Digital Economy”. As part of the competition
selection of 2019 applications was completed in late November, 118 applications were submitted from more than 40 regions. All of them will, according to the approved selection procedure
submitted for examination. The list of winners of the competition will be approved at the meeting of the Interagency Competition Commission under the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation.

According to the results of the current year, the amount of grants issued under this direction may amount to 3.1 billion rubles, in 2020 – 6 billion rubles, and a year later, in 2021 – 9 billion rubles.

These support measures, explains RFRIT CEO Dmitry Kryukov, are aimed not at startups but at supporting implementation – the level of technology readiness should be 7th and above.

Among the new support measures that RFIT intends to launch in the coming weeks – another competition aimed specifically at import substitution in the IT field. Support grant amount
a project to develop domestic software and increase its share in the digital economy, as well as to develop technological solutions to create public information resources, may
to reach 500 million rubles.

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