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Innovative Activities

The University’s innovative infrastructure provides various forms of research, implementation and academic activities in the areas as follows:

Area 1. Continuous innovative cycle including fundamental, pilot and applied research as well as manufacturing and sales of research-intensive products and technologies to the industry.

Basic elements of the University’s R&D innovative infrastructure are as follows:

Transport and Transport Construction Research Institute1
Research centres and laboratories17
Test centres and laboratories2
Research and implementation centre1
Research and training centres and laboratories3
Research and production centres2
Certification centre1
Technological parks2
Centre of technology transfer in the field of transport1
Students` business incubator1
Information and analytical centre1
Division of marketing and development1
Division of information support and management of intellectual property1

The University has launched the activities to build up structural elements of the technological park based on existing research facilities with unique scientific equipment available to all users.

Area 2. Training, retraining, and professional development of experts working in the innovative economic environment.

The University’s academic and research innovative infrastructure comprises:

  • The Russian Academy of Railway Engineering. Training, retraining, and professional development of transport experts.
  • Centres for additional professional training of transport experts (in eight Institutes and Russian Open Transport Academy).
  • “MIIT–Expert” Centre. Professional development of transport experts in the field of information technologies.
  • “Innovative technologies” Chair. Academic courses: “Technologies of innovations”, “Simulation modeling”, “Innovative projects management”, “Theory of Innovations”, “Quality Control”, “Translation methods in innovative activities”, “Research-intensive technologies”, “Management of innovative activities”.
  • Innovative centre for retraining and professional development of top and middle management of transport economic entities in the field of management and quality control. The centre is certified by the ”European Centre for Quality Control” Foundation.
  • Innovative academic and research centre for current transport challenges in the system of basic priorities of Government and Private partnership of a Russian corporation.
  • Centres for professional competencies (two centres).
  • Virtual laboratories and technologies of remote collective access to the unique equipment: “Integrated systems of enterprise management, ERP-systems (SAP technologies)” and “Technologies of IBM mainframes”.
  • Centre for additional education in transport facilities design.

Area 3. Augmentation of scientific and technological potential, required for development and commercial application of innovations.

The elements of innovative infrastructure are as follows:

  • Post-graduate and doctoral programs: 54 academic specialities in post-graduate program and 3 academic specialities in doctoral program.
  • MBA programs: specialities “Corporate management in the field of transport”, “Transport logistics management”.
  • Centre for HR and social technologies.
  • Graduate programs: 16 licensed areas of training.

Area 4. In-house manufacturing of innovative products and rendering of services.

MIIT’s own high-tech park elements allow for in-house manufacturing of prototype models and small-volume research-intensive innovative products:

  • Development of railway signaling and train interval system.
  • Designing of new types of rail fastenings.
  • Development and production of the modules for electric contact strengthening of rolling stock equipment.
  • Development and production of the modules for electric contact welding of rolling stock equipment.
  • Development and feedback of railway control system of electric breaking of locomotives.
  • Development and feedback of railway modules controlling back up electrical drive of ЧС-4Т locomotive.
  • Development and preliminary operation of the regenerative braking system (АСУР-021).

Area 5. Establishment of small research-intensive enterprises connected with MIIT: Eight small innovative enterprises set up with the participation of the University.

Area 6. Sale of licenses for hi-tech processes to produce hi-tech products.

The achieved results have been as follows: 109 Russian patents, 6 international patents including 2 Eurasian ones; 36 licensing agreements were signed with total output over 12.3 billion rubles in 2012.

Area 7. Development and support of innovative infrastructure contributing to commercial use of new and high-end technologies.

A holding was set up to support MIIT rail fastenings project which includes a group of plants producing the elements of rail fastenings.

Area 8. Fostering of innovative environment in business community.

This area of activities contributes to creation of innovative environment at the University on the basis of enterprises and organizations participating in joint long-term programs or integrated projects with a view to implementing the results of MIIT’s intellectual activities.

The main MIIT’s strategic partners in innovative activities are as follows:



  • Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation
  • Ministry of Regional Development of the Russian Federation

42 Russian transport companies and enterprises

  • Government-owned enterprises
  • Federal roadway agency of the Ministry of transport; Moscow region state enterprise “Motorway Authority of Moscow region” and its branches.
  • Federal Government unitary enterprise “Federal Motorway Authority “Central Russia” of the Federal roadway agency”.
  • Motorway Authority of Sakhalin region.
  • Federal Government unitary enterprise “ZashitaInfoTrans (Protection of information on transport) of the Ministry of transport of the Russian Federation”.
  • State enterprise “Registry of certification on federal railway transport”.
  • Russian foundation of fundamental research, Russian humanitarian research foundation.


  • State University of Management
  • Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics
  • Lomonosov Moscow State University
  • Financial Academy of the Russian Government.
  • Bauman Moscow State Technological University (MVTU).

Research Institutes

  • The Steklov Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
  • The Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
  • The Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
  • “The Railway Research Institute”.
  • “The Research and Engineering Institute of Informatics, Automation and Telecommunications on Railway Transport”.
  • The Research Institute of Feasibility Studies and Design on Railway Transport (GIPROTRASTEI OAO RZD).
  • The Russian Research Centre “The Kurchatov Institute”.


  • The International Logistics Club.

Foreign Partners

  • Hochschule fur Angewandte Wissenschaften (University of Applied Sciences) (Augsburg, Germany)
  • Hochschule fur Technik und Wirtschaft (Dresden, Germany)
  • Business School of Portsmouth University (Great Britain).
  • SAP University Alliances (Germany)
  • Max-Planck-Institut fur Mathematik (MPIM) (Bonn)
  • Belorussia State University of Transport (Gomel, Belorussia)
  • EURNEX Association “European Network of Railway Transport Research”
  • TSB/FAV Berlin – Innovation and Research Union of Transport Systems Engineering (Germany)
  • Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland)
  • Technical University (Dresden, Germany)
  • Technical University (Berlin, Germany)
  • l’Universite de technologie de Troyes (France)
  • Tsinghua University (PR of China)
  • University of Applied Sciences (Cologne, Germany)
  • University of Applied Sciences (Mannheim, Germany)
  • University of Applied Sciences (Augsburg, Germany)
  • Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic)
  • Ruhr University (Bochum, Germany)

The structure of the University’s innovative activities management is based on planning and organization of interactions among innovative units and innovative groups, innovative infrastructure and the system of management of academic and research activities of the University taking into account market requirements and external environment. The strategic planning and general management of innovative activities of the University fall under the joint responsibility of Pro-rector for Research and Pro-rector for Innovations and Informatics who supervise Research Department and Division of Innovative Development respectively.

The activities of Research Department encompass all the above components of the innovative system: fundamental and applied science, R&D, production of test samples as well as various structures of expertise, consulting and project support.

The main areas of activities of the Division of Innovative Development:

  • To develop innovative strategy and politics of the University.
  • To organize external and internal communications in the field of innovations.
  • To monitor and analyze the University’s external, relevant and internal environment.
  • To generate data bases, inventories, files.
  • To develop draft local regulations and contracts in the field of innovative activities.
  • To prepare analytical materials, reviews, business-plans for stakeholders.
  • To arrange for project development and consulting (to set up project teams and work out measures of their motivation, to arrange for target team training; to plan and manage project activities; to provide consulting services, to arrange for internal and external expertise of innovative projects).
  • To build up project “portfolio”, PR – its market promotion (to participate in trade shows, to organize presentations, conferences, to prepare materials for mass media and advertising, to work out PR technologies in the field of innovations).