Launch of the UMNIK Cherkizovo competition for young scientists

November 26, 2020

Moscow, Russia – November 26, 2020 – Cherkizovo Group, Russia’s largest meat producer, and the Foundation of Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises (FASIE) have announced the launch of a joint initiative – the UMNIK Cherkizovo competition. The aim of the competitions is to support young scientists working on promising projects in the food manufacturing industry.

The competition is open to scientists aged 18 to 30 working on projects related to the food industry, meat and meat products, plant-and animal-based feeds, feed additives, biotechnology, and genomic selection. Applications can be submitted at umnik.fasie.ru/cherkizovo until February 10, 2021. The competition's final will be held in Moscow in early March. 

Cherkizovo Group will offer support to the winners in several different ways. In addition to a RUB 500,000 grant from FASIE, the Company will provide RUB 300,000 to co-finance at least five projects that made it to the final. While carrying out their projects, the winners will be able to use Cherkizovo Lab equipment and visit the Group’s facilities all around Russia. Moreover, the Company will hold a number of educational events, both offline and online.

“This is the first time that we have been able to offer grants worth RUB 800,000 under the UMNIK programme! Cooperation with large companies to hold joint competitions opens up new opportunities for the winners as this framework helps combine demand from the leading market players, financial support and research tools,” said Anton Sorokin, head of the UMNIK project team at FASIE.

“Cherkizovo Group places special emphasis on R&D to improve the quality of its products and streamline production processes. We are happy to announce this competition aimed at young scientists brimming with new ideas related to food manufacturing. For us this is not just a project competition, but rather a platform for exchanging experience. Cherkizovo’s highly qualified professionals can share insights that may prove very useful for the young scientists’ further research. We will be very glad to support not only the most promising projects, but also relevant R&D efforts aimed at further developing Russia’s meat industry,” commented Anastasia Mikhailova, Head of Communications at Cherkizovo Group