Rather than being created by government initiative, RTTN was developed bottom up, and its growth has been reinforced by the will of its members. The network was initiated in 2002 by the Obninsk Center for Science and Technology, a leading Russian R&D center located in Obninsk, in partnership with the Koltsovo Innovation Center, which is located in the Novosibirsk Region.
Nowadays RTTN, with its coordinating team based in science city Obninsk, is an association of over 50 Russian innovation centers from more than 40 regions of Russia and the CIS. Its member organisations are linked up through powerful databases, sharing their knowledge and sourcing technologies and business partners across Russia and abroad.
RTTN aggregates information on technologies and R&D offered and requested in Russia and abroad and serves as an entry point for potential technological partners.