Activities of the Foundation
08/11/2016 11:13

Horizon 2020 Conference

On November 7, 2016, conference related to the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – Horizon 2020  took place in Tbilisi, Georgia.  The event titled - ‘Associated to Horizon 2020:  What’s next  - ‘from association to impact generation’ was organized as part of the project –  ‘ STI International Cooperation Network for Eastern Partnership Countries – Inconet EaP ’ . Conference was attended by the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, representatives of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation, representatives of the IncoNet EaP Project partner institutions, EU Delegation to Georgia, researchers and stakeholders from Georgian scientific research institutions. Conference agenda included discussion on  support measures to countries in the EaP region, national perspectives to association to Horizon 2020, widening participation instruments etc. Topics related to Georgia’s Association to Horizon 2020 were covered by the speakers from Estonia (Estonian Research Council), Austria (The Centre for Social Innovation), Moldova, Poland (Institute of Fundamental Technological Research Polish Academy of Sciences), International Organization - Centre for Regional and International Studies and local stakeholders. The IncoNet EaP has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 609528. The conference presentations are available below: George Bonas Manana Mikaberidze Natia Gabitashvili Giorgi Khishtovani Ulle must Akaki Mamaladze Vitalie Moraru
28/10/2016 11:12

Training - Navigating Horizon 2020 and its Principles, Opportunities and Challenges for Georgian scientists

On October 27-28, 2016, SRNSF organized training for the scientists of Georgian research institutions. The title of the training was ‘Navigating H2020 and its rules principles Opportunities and challenges for Georgian scientists’. The training was organized and delivered in line with the international standards and was held for the purpose of supporting the high class research development in Georgia and better integration of Georgian scientists into the world scientific network. The training was delivered by Abel Polese, the professor of Tallinn University. The main areas of the training included General overview on Horizon 2020 opportunities, Differences and specificities of EU funding, ways of involvement in the international scientific networks. After the training, the attendees will share the information and knowledge in the format of presentation or a working meeting with the colleagues at their institutions.  
21/10/2016 11:11

Meeting of SRNSF, GITA and Sakpatenti

On October 21, working meeting took place at Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation. The Chairman of National Intellectual Property Center Sakpatenti Mr. Nikoloz Gogilidze, the Chairman of Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA) Mr. Irakli Kashibadze, other representatives of GITA, the Director General of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation Dr. Marine Chitashvili and SRNSF staff members attended the meeting. During the meeting, they discussed further cooperation perspectives.  
18/10/2016 11:11

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

Tony Lester, the Vice President of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) visited Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation on October 17, 2016. ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to science funding agencies, through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major research institutions. It is noteworthy, that Memorandum of Understanding between ORAU and Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation in research cooperation was signed in February 2016. Successful partnership between SRNSF and ORAU is a guarantee of fair evaluation and selection of high quality research projects submitted for the Collaborative Research Project Call (compatriots call) 2016. The meeting was attended by representatives of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation, and by approved grantees of Collaborative Research Project Call (compatriots call) 2016. Mr. Tony Lester delivered a presentation on collaboration between SRNSF and ORAU and further cooperation perspectives.     
19/09/2016 11:10

Georgian-German Day of Science

Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation and Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) of Germany organized the  Georgian-German Day of Science. The event took place at Tbilisi State University, on September 19. Participants of the Georgian-German Day of Science discussed state of the art and  future cooperation perspectives between the two countries and highlighted successful projects implemented by German and Georgian teams. The German delegation was represented by Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Germany, Helmholtz Association (HGF), Leibniz Association, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (FhG), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ), Volkswagen Foundation, Helmholtz associations and leading scientific research institutions. The second part of Georgia-Germany Science Day offered bilateral meetings (Market Opportunities) to interested stakeholders. Research oriented institutions of Georgia as well as |Germany disseminated information on their activities and major opportunities. The meeting format allowed attendants to discuss future cooperation related issues. If interested, you can see the speakers presentations below: Michael Schlicht -  Germany as a partner for cooperation in science, research and innovation Hans Ströher- Helmholtz Association Bernhard Misof -   Leibniz Association Balthasar Kinkel  - From research to innovation: How Fraunhofer spur knowledge and technology transfer Manana Mikaberidze -  SRNSF-Support Programmes for International Cooperation Martin Praxenthaler  - DAAD research funding opportunities Matthias Nöllenburg- The Volkswagen Foundation and its funding initiative in/on    the Caucasus and Central Asia Christian Schaich - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft- Support Programmes for International Cooperation Joni Apakidze - Exzellenz verbindet –be part of a worldwide network Hans Ströher - Georgian-German STI cooperation in practice – past experience and current activities Bernhard Misof - Partnership with ILIAUNI Dimitri E. Khoshtariya - Interdisciplinary German-Georgian research collaboration on the mechanisms of biomolecular processes  George Melikadze - Geothermal gradients at hydrothermal areas of Georgia” 2013-2015 Maya Razmadze - Georgian-German Cooperation in Practice: Experiences; Reflections and Recommendations Manfred Nawroth - Cooperation projects of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Georgian National Museum  in archaeology and culture Oliver Reisner - Georgian-German Day of Science - Experience in bilateral cooperation and future prospects in STI 
16/09/2016 11:09

Meeting with the representatives of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Bonn Office

Director of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Bonn Office-  Prof. Dr. Keiichi Kodaira and the Deputy Director Yuriko Nishizaki visited Georgia as part of Tbilisi Science and Innovation Festival.  On September 16, 2016 an introductory meeting between the JSPS Bonn office representatives and Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation (SRNSF) Director General took place in SRNSF Conference hall. Dr. Keiichi Kodaira and Yuriko Nishizaki introduced various JSPS initiatives that invite Georgia’s researchers to do collaborative research with the Japanese scientists, to get involved in mobility schemes and opportunities. It was highlighted that a special online tool might help Georgia’s researchers to search their respective collaborators in Japan. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) was founded in 1932. It is one of the oldest organizations in Japan supporting the development of science.
29/08/2016 11:08


A founding treaty was signed today between the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and the Jülich Research Center in regards to the opening the first, so-called Smart Labs (SMART | EDM Lab), under the 7th joint Georgian-German school seminar framework. The event was attended by the Tbilisi State University current acting rector – Professor Darejan Kvitaishvili, the deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia – Giorgi Sharvashidze, a board member of Jülich Research Center – Professor Sebastian Schmidt, as well as the representatives of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation and the German Embassy. “Georgian-German School – Workshop in Fundamental Sciences” is held for the seventh time since its foundation in 2004, based on the cooperation between the two educational institutions – Tbilisi State University High Energy Physics Institute and the Jülich Research Center for Nuclear Physics Institute. Moreover, the conference is held once in every two years. Since 2010, it needs to be mentioned that the school – workshop has managed to attract and eventually join other Georgian universities such as; Georgian Technical University, Ilia State University and the Georgian Agro University. In 2014, the anniversary of the "Georgian-German scientific bridge is 10 years old" was conducted, where the achievements between the two countries were summed up and celebrated. Furthermore, in 2015, The Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and the Jülich Research Center has signed a memorandum, which involves a long-term scientific and educational cooperation. were summed up the achievements of scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries. 2015 Conference of Education and Science Ministry and the Jülich Research Center signed a memorandum on long-term scientific and educational cooperation. "Georgian-German School -Workshop in Fundamental Sciences" will end on September 2.
23/08/2016 11:07

Seminar on Policy Mix Peer Review of the Georgian STI System

On 15-19 August 2016, the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation (SRNSF) organized a seminar dedicated to the document 'Policy Mix Peer Review of the Georgian STI System'. The aim of the seminar was to discuss international experts’ recommendations and develop a bottom-up draft action plan with relation to the key messages provided in the PMPR document. The seminar took place in Ozurgeti, Georgia and was attended by the representatives of Georgia’s higher educational institutions (including the universities form different regions of Georgia), scientific-research centers, Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA), National Intellectual Property Center SAKPATENTI and SRNSF. Seminar participants presented brief overviews of the existing situation in their respective institutions regarding the following discussion topics:     STI system funding schemes and opportunities; Integration of teaching and research: increasing dialogue and cooperation among higher educational institutions, scientific research centers; Research internationalization; Research, technologies and innovation transfer and connection to business sector, research commercialization. Cooperation opportunities between universities and SMEs; Supporting young scientists’ development: programs and opportunities, funding schemes. Attracting and integrating young scientists in universities and scientific-research centers; Supporting Georgia’s researchers’ participation in EU Research and Innovation framework program Horizon 2020: challenges and opportunities.   
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.
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.