The Rostov region has considerable scientific and educational and innovative potential. The government of the Rostov region consistently carries out the policy aimed at the development and support of innovative activity.
The region is the leader in the number of annually granted patents for inventions in the Southern Federal District (2019 – 494, 2018 – 447).
The strategy of social and economic development of the Rostov region until 2030 provided creation of "The Don valley of innovative development", with an opportunity to become a point of innovative and technological growth of the South of Russia at the expense of the Regional technological initiative.
In the area the innovative infrastructure which will create necessary conditions of innovative development – from basic scientific research before implementation of technologies and selling of finished knowledge-intensive goods is created.
Legal bases of innovative activity in the Rostov region are regulated by the Regional law of 28.11.2006 No. 591 "About Innovative Activity in the Rostov Region" .
The stimulating factor of innovative development of the region are innovative programs. Since 2014 the subprogramme "Innovative development of the Rostov region" within the state program of the Rostov region "Economic development and innovative economy" works. The subprogramme provides a complex of the actions (financial, organizational, information support) directed to formation of conditions for ensuring system transition of the region on the innovative way of development.