A.A. Tverdov, A.V. Zhura, S.B. Nikishichev
The authors discuss the concept of innovations and their criteria covering R&D to venture stages of novel developments. The factors are pointed out, which determine high importance of innovations for the mining sector. Sources of innovations for the mining sector are described, and the analysis is presented of the problems of their commercialization. Innovation incentives and objectives of their commercialization are listed.