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Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko announced the launch of a competition to support research centers on artificial intelligence, within which grants will be provided to universities and scientific organizations.

The Competitive Selection will be coordinated by the Analytical Center under the Government. Until 2024, the federal project “Artificial Intelligence” provides 5.4 billion rubles for these purposes, another 30% of the amount should be provided by off-budget sources. The total amount of financing will be about 7 billion rubles.

A working group chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko will determine the recipients of support in early October 2021.

“Support will be provided for work in advanced areas of artificial intelligence development. The list was compiled by an expert council, which included researchers and business representatives. Grants will be awarded for a wide range of projects in the field of AI – from the creation of system software for the analysis and verification of domestic systems based on the use of AI technologies, to the development of solutions for priority industries. We expect that the concrete results of the competition will contribute to the technological growth of the Russian economy. In 2021, six such centers will receive support, its total amount will be about 900 million rubles, ”Dmitry Chernyshenko said.

He also noted that the ethical aspects of the introduction of artificial intelligence is a separate important topic in the selection framework, which involves the study of human interaction with artificial intelligence systems and the development of appropriate ethical standards.

The list of advanced areas includes the creation and improvement of AI models and algorithms, applied solutions for the development of strong AI and trusted AI systems, as well as research necessary to take into account the ethical aspects of AI use.

The promising industries include medicine, smart city, agriculture, food production, environmental monitoring, advanced robotization and automation of production processes, and the service sector. The development of cross-industry areas is also envisaged – biometrics technologies, natural language analysis, the use of AI to ensure cybersecurity.

Such a broad agenda, in the opinion of the members of the expert council, allows the participants of the competition to determine the areas that most contribute to the scientific groundwork they have formed.

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