Activities of the Foundation
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27/06/2016 15:30

Eastern Partnership STI Evaluation Platform Meeting

On 27-28 June 2016, the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation hosted an international workshop on the 'Eastern Partnership Science, Technology and Innovation Evaluation Platform'. The event was planned as part of the IncoNet EaP Project. The main goal of the platform is to facilitate the exchange among the participating organisations exploring the potential of evaluation in the STI domain and to set concrete actions that facilitate learning from current practice and improved utilization of the potential of STI evaluation.   The core objective is to allow the sharing of experiences in the Eastern Partnership countries and learning from existing practice in EU Member States or in/with other relevant world regions.   As part of the workshop, a Memorandum of Understanding on establishing the 'Eastern Partnership Regional Platform on STI Evaluation' was signed. The purpose of this memorandum is to express the availability and the commitment of each of the signing parties to participate in joint activities which aim to create a regional Eastern Partnership platform on science, technology, and innovation evaluation.   The audience of the workshop consisted of representatives from each of 6 Eastern Partnership countries, a small number of IncoNet EaP partners and invited external speakers who shared recent experience.
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07/06/2016 13:49

ORAU’s Vice President, Mr. Tony Lester’s visit to SRNSF

On 7 June, 16:00 at Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation was held meeting of minister of Education and Science of Georgia, MR. Aleksandre Jejelava and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Vice President, MR. Tony Lester with Georgian scientists. Meeting was dedicated to collaboration between SRNSF and ORAU. During the meeting parties also discussed future perspectives of collaboration and emphasized that successful partnership between SRNSF and ORAU is a guarantee of fair evaluation and selection of high quality research projects.  Minister of Education and Science of Georgia greeted Georgian Scientists and expressed deep gratitude for their distinctive contribution in the process of development of Georgia. After the presentation of ORAU’s Vice President, MR. Tony Lester, Director General of SNRSF, DR. Marine Chitashvili encouraged scientists to actively cooperate and share their opinions and remarks with SNRSF. Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is a scientific and technical decision maker, which provides for its clients specialized peer reviews and unique laboratory opportunities also access to more than 100 research universities with the aim of scientific, educational and work force development as well to strengthen the national security and securing environment and public health. ORAU’s partners are: United States of America, departments of energy, defense and justice, NASA, USA National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health etc. Memorandum of Understanding between Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation (SRNSF) in Research cooperation was signed in February 2016.  The purpose of the Memorandum of Understanding is to promote and strengthen cooperation between the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation (SRNSF), to increase the understanding and awareness of two institutions with regards to current and forthcoming policy approaches in the area of research policy.  Memorandum is based on the principles of equality and mutual benefit, it is in the common interest of both institutions to exchange information, experiences and views with regards to their activity areas, such as research funding, research evaluation, international research cooperation, and science communication. 
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01/06/2016 17:30

Horizon 2020 Information Day and NCP Workshop

On May 30, 2016 EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme Horizon 2020 information day and NCP workshop took place in Georgia, Tbilisi. The event hosted wide range of participants and speakers from the European Commission, EU Delegation to Georgia, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, European Investment Bank InnovFin programme, National contact points from Georgia as well as from the Horizon 2020 associated countries. Scientists and innovators form Georgia, representatives of various research institutions, universities and SMEs attended the information day.  Presented topics covered an overview of the Horizon 2020 opportunities, practical information on effective participation into the programme.  Activities and challenges of the Georgia’s NCP network were discussed and recommendations about the enhancement of the NCP network were provided by the guest speakers. Potential applicants and interests stakeholders were provided with some practical information by local and international successful grant holders. The event was addressed to the national policy level on the role and importance of the NCP system for an increased participation in Horizon 2020.  Interactive sessions and lively discussions at the information day and NCP workshop clearly depicted the interest of Georgia’s researchers in the priorities, topics, calls, participation related information of the EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme Horizon 2020.      Presenters and their presentations: Mr. Stephen Sadler  The EU Framework Programme  for Research and Innovation Ms. Teodora Balau  Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Opportunities for Organisations and Individual Researchers Ms. Teodora Balau  Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) How to Submit Proposal (SEP) Ms. Teodora Balau  Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)    Practical information to support applications Dr. Alice Rajewsky European Research Council  (ERC): An opportunity for  researchers in Europe and Georgia Mr. Marc D’hooge InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators at a glance              Ms. Natia Gabitashvili Horizon 2020 Georgia- Facts & Data Ms. Stella Shapoval Setting up an effective NCP Network Ms. Małgorzata Kapica Support for beneficiaries of Horizon 2020 Ms. Anastasia Vlyzioti Lessons learnt from the IncoNet EaP  Support NCPs Dr. Nana Macharashvili WOSCAP (Whole of Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding) Ms. Natalia Shatirishvili Horizon 2020 NCP in Energy, recommendations for potential applicants Mr. Givi Kochoradze  Examples of Successful Participation of Georgian Scientists in EC Framework;Programs and Perspectives of Future Cooperation  Mr. Zurab Kighuradze   Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Ms. Maia Okujava  Horizon 2020 NCP in Health, recommendations for potential applicants Mr. Boka Tabatadze  SME instrument/Innovation in SMEs/new opportunities for Georgia SMEs in Horizon 2020 Ms. Mariam Lashkhi HORIZON 2020-Opportunities for Innovators        
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01/06/2016 16:02

Horizon 2020 association workshop

On 31 May, 2016 workshop was held at Ministry of education and science about Georgia’s association with Horizon 2020, the EU's framework programme for research and innovation, the event was organized by Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the practical aspects of participation in the program Horizon 2020 by Georgian scientists with policy maker institutes and organizations in the field of technology and innovation. The event was attended by representatives of EU Research and Innovation directorate, which are directly involved in the developing of collaboration with Eastern Partnership countries. During the workshop the following topics were discussed: priorities of EU's framework programme for research and innovation, ongoing and planned calls, network of national contact points and mechanisms of its improvement, information about submitting project proposal, financial regulations, and individual programs such as: Marie Skladowska Curie Action, funding opportunities in the framework of European Research Council (ERC). It should be noted that representatives of the European commission expressed recommendations about specific steps that must be taken by the state to support Georgia’s integration in the horizon 2020 and effective use of the program by the Georgian scientists. The event was also attended by Georgia’s horizon 2020 national contact points and representatives of Ministry of education and science of Georgia and Georgia’s innovation and technologies agency (GITA). During the workshop representatives of Horizon 2020 associated countries made presentations about their countries participation in the EU's framework programme for research and innovation: they discussed the challenges their countries faced during the first phase of the association with Horizon 2020.  Workshop was held in the framework of EU's framework programme for research and technological development (FP7) funded project ‘Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries science, technologies and innovation international collaboration network’- IncoNet Eap.   Presenters and their presentations:   Mr. Stephen Sadler  The EU Framework Programme  for Research and Innovation Dr. Klaus Schuch Horizon 2020: Within the  European Research Area Dr. Klaus Schuch Learning Cycle For The Participation Dr. Alice Xenia Rajewsky   European Research Council  (ERC): An opportunity for  researchers in Europe   and  Georgia;  EU-H2020-Association Workshop         Ms. Teodora Balau Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)-Opportunities for Organisations and    Individual Researchers Ms. Teodora Balau  Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)    Practical information to support applications Ms. Małgorzata Kapica National and International systems  for supporting research and innovation in poland Ms. Małgorzata Kapica NCP system in Poland support for beneficiaries of Horizon 2020 Ms.  Stella  Shapoval  Horizon 2020;  Association Workshop For Georgia Dr. Lidia Romanciuc EURAXESS Moldova; Researchers in Motion Dr. Lidia Romanciuc  H2020 Associated Country Status Implemenation: Experience of Moldova Mr.  Victor Nedovic   European Research Area and Opportunities for Associated Countries: Sharing the  experience of Serbia Ms. Anastasia Vlyzioti Towards a successful Association:   IncoNet  EaP`s contribution Mr. Paata Imnadze Why should organizations participate in H2020? Mr. Boka Tabatadze SME instrument/Innovation in SMEs/new opportunities for Georgia SMEs in Horizon 2020    
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13/05/2016 14:28

Reporting Meeting on IncoNet EaP Events

On May 13, 2016, at Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation conference hall the presentation of Georgia National Contact Points of EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme ‘Horizon 2020’ was held. Presentation was dedicated to the events organized in the framework “STI International Cooperation Network for Eastern Partnership Countries “(IncoNet EaP). IncoNet EaP is funded by European Union Research and Technological development program (FP7). In the framework of the project, three National Contact Points from Georgia had an opportunity to participate in the Twinning Events and share experience of their European colleagues.  Participants from Georgia in the above-mentioned events were Natalia Shatirishvili (NCP in the field of energy); Maia Okujava (NCP in the field of health) and Nino Janelidze (candidate presented by NCP in the field of Climate Change). The speakers shared their experience and provided information about ‘Horizon 2020’ activities according to relevant scientific fields.
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05/05/2016 14:31

SRNSF-Elsevier – Science and Development Forum and Seminar

On May 4 th , 2016, with support of Elsevier and Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation the Science and Development Forum and Elsevier seminar took place at the Conference Hall of Ilia State University. The event was attended by rectors of the universities having access to ELSEVIER database, representatives of research centers and scientists interested in Elsevier services. The Minister of Education and Science of Georgia - Ms. Tamar Sanikidze, Deputy Minister Mr. George Sharvashidze, Director General of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation Dr. Marine Chitashvili, Head of Library Funds Division of Ilia State University Giga Khositashvili and the representatives of the “Elvesier” Ms. Lucie Boudova and Mr. Krzysztof Szymański spoke about various development strategies for scientific research, integration of scientists in international scientific space, challenges and achievements in Georgia, foundation’s activities related to ELSEVIER. The event was followed by discussion. During the seminar, the speakers from ELSEVIER gave practical illustration on how to work in the database and seek for information in Scopus, Science Direct and Mendeley.   Presentations of the speakers are available on the links below: Giorgi Sharvashidze Marine Chitashvili Lucie Boudova, Krzysztof Szymański Giga Khositashvili
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11/03/2016 14:47

Scopus Editor Seminar

On March 10 at 15:00, Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation and the world-leading publishing company Elsevier organized a Scopus Editor Seminar. The representatives of the Consortium member universities and scientific research centers having access to the international scientific database of ELSEVIER, The Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia as well as the representatives of two Georgian scientific journals produced and hosted in ELSEVIER database attended the event. Director General of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation, Dr. Marine Chitashvili, gave general overview on two-year cooperation with the international world-leading online publishing company ELSEVIER BV including the future prospects for cooperation. Vakhtang Kokilashvili and Tengiz Urushadze the Chief Editors of two Georgian scientific journals produced and hosted in ELSEVIER database, Ludmila Gvertsiteli publisher of Bulletin of The Georgian National Academy of Sciences and Aleksandre Didebulidze Secretary of Innovative Technology Center of Georgian National Academy of Sciences shared their experiences.  The event included presentations by ELSEIER representatives: Scopus Content Selection and Policy (Susanne Steiginga, Product Manager Scopus Content, ELSEVIER), Scopus for editors (Krzysztof Szymanski, Research management solutions, Elsevier). You can download the presentation using the link. Susanne Steiginga Tengiz Urushadze Loudmila Gverdtsiteli, Alexandre Didebulidze Vakhtang Kokilashvili
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26/02/2016 14:47

Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation International Supervisory Board meeting

Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, LEPL Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation (SRNSF) International Supervisory Board meeting took place on February 25, 2016. The Board comprises of outstanding international and Georgian scientists, as well as the representatives of the Georgian Government. The International supervisory board is headed by the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, Ms. Tamar Sanikidze. The ISB is a collegiate body of the foundation that gathers twice a year to discuss the activities of SRNSF carried out over 6 months, talk over strategic issues and review the relevant action plan. The second meeting of the Board covered the following topics:  SRNSF annual report 2015, action plan and call calendar 2016, new evaluation schemes, grants’ efficacy evaluation, changes implemented in programs, prospects of international cooperation. So called ‘big grants’ evaluation outsourcing opportunities and ‘small grant’ evaluation schemes were presented to the Board. Discussion topics also included database development related issues and internal audit’s report.  
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18/01/2016 14:48
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08/01/2016 15:46

Georgia in CERN - CMS LHC Experiment

Georgia participates in two important subsystems of European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), such as - Hadron CALorimeter (HCAL) and Resistive Plate Chamber (RPC). With the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and LEPL Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation, a working office for Georgian group was established at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), and properly equipped with computers; works were performed, the scientists were enabled to participate in one of the greatest experiments in modern world and to broaden their knowledge of programming, information technology, experimental physics and many other fields. The brief description of the activities and results of Georgian group in 2015 and the future plans are presented in the short report.
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