Results of the contest of the Ministry of Education and Science for the grant support of the centers of National Technological Initiative (NTI) on the basis of universities and scientific organizations have been summed up. The selected participants will receive support for research activities and educational programs implemented within eight "cross-cutting" directions. ITMO University became the selected winner in the direction of "Machine learning and cognitive technologies ". The day before, the university had already created a consortium, which included 18 participants, including MTS, Mail.ru, the Speech Technology Center, Er-Telecom and other large companies, scientific centers and universities of Russia. Within Cognitive Development National Center’ program the university is planning to solve a complex of science intensive, educational and infrastructural tasks jointly with its partners in next five years, which, as a result, will overcome the technological barriers associated with the systemic advancement of cognitive technologies in promising NTI markets.