In the article is presented the programme UMNIK (Participant in the Youth Science Innovation Contest) of the Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises at Science and Technology. The authors write about the history of formation and development of the programme, its aims, tasks, forms and methods for its realization. The article is divulged the infrastructure of the programme. The authors give the information about participants, region coverage, volume of financing, examples of successful projects.
Keywords: programme START, young scientist, R&D, innovation activity in regions, expert examination of projects