Activities of the Foundation
21/06/2017 11:24
06/06/2017 11:24
05/06/2017 11:24
30/05/2017 11:23

European Research Council (ERC) National Contact Points’ Meeting

European Research Council (ERC) National Contact Points’ (NCP) Meeting is currently being held in  Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium. Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation (SRNSF) is represented by Ms. Mariam Keburia, ERC NCP in Georgia. The representatives of ERC Executive Agency are providing the NCPs with the updated information regarding the changes in the upcoming ERC Work Programme that includes modifications in calls for proposals, the ERC call process, the qualitative review of the finalized projects, various statistics and other information that is relevant to the administration of ERC grants. As of today, the ERC operates 5356 active projects (2655 from the previous framework programme FP7 and 2701 from the current framework programme, “Horizon 2020”) The agenda of ERC NCP meeting includes the recap of the 140 events that were organized in celebration of the ERC’s 10-year anniversary across the globe. Georgia hosted one of the important regional events “ ERC – SUPPORTING EXCELLENT RESEARCHERS ALL OVER EUROPE | EASTERN PARTNERSHIP COUNTRIES REGIONAL EVENT: ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN, BELARUS, GEORGIA, MOLDOVA, UKRAINE ”, which was organized by SRNSF. Detailed information regarding the upcoming ERC calls will be published in July, 2017, alongside with 2018 Work Programme . An updated grant scheme, Synergy grant, which can be awarded to leading scientists (Principal Investogators) from various countries and research institutions, will also be a part of the 2018 Work Programme. The ERC NCP meeting is attended by representatives from European Union Member States and “Horizon 2020” associated countries. The ERC NCP meeting ends on 30 th of May, 2017
23/05/2017 15:16

Agreement was signed between Bulgaria and Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation

On 21-24 May Georgia hosted Delegation from Bulgaria’s National Science Foundation. Guests were: Georgi Vasilov- Chairman of the executive council at Bulgari’s National Science Foundation; Diana Kopei Deputy Chairman of the executive council at Bulgari’s National Science Foundation; Dantcho Matchevi- adviser of the ambassador of Bulgari to Georgia.    Purpose of this visits are: a) Fostering scientific collaboration between Bulgari and Georgia; b) Exchanging ideas regarding STI sectors; c) Supporting joined work between Bulgarian and Georgian scientists; d) Creating scientific network To day on 23 May Memorandum of collaboration were signed between Bulgari’s National Science foundation and Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation.
16/05/2017 11:21
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25/04/2017 11:19
24/04/2017 11:19

Memorandum of Understanding between SRNSF and the Academy of Sciences of Moldova

The purpose of the agreement is to further strengthen cooperation in research and development between Georgia and the Republic of Moldova. The Parties will promote and support cooperation between its researchers in research areas, on the basis of equality for mutual benefit. The projects undertaken under this Agreement may be targeted for further participation of Georgia and Moldova, as associated countries, in the European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 and other European programs and integration into European Research Area. The Memorandum was signed on 21 st of April, by the Acting General Director of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation, Manana Mikaberidze, and the President of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Academician Gheorghe Duca.
21/04/2017 11:19

ERC – Supporting Excellent Researchers all over Europe – Eastern Partnership Countries Regional Event in Tbilisi

On April 20-21, 2017 the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCAA) and the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation (SRNSF) co-organized regional celebratory events dedicated to the ERC’s 10 th anniversary. On 20 th of April, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University hosted a conference - Strengthening Eastern Partnership participation in ERC calls, that gathered ERC executive agency representatives, Georgian policy makers and implementers from relevant ministries, state agencies, research institutions and universities. STI stakeholders from Eastern Partnership (EaP)) countries, established scientists and young researchers from various Georgian research entities attended the conference. Some of the remarkable speeches during the conference were delivered by ERC Vice-president and Chair of the ERC Scientific Council on Widening European Participation – Prof. Eva Kondorosi, the President of Academia Europea, former ERC Vice-president - Prof. Sierd Cloetingh, STI experts from the EU members states, prominent Georgian scientists residing abroad and representing leading research institutions worldwide. The international conference was followed by information day for potential applicants on April 21. Interested researchers were provided with practical and detailed information on ERC application procedures, evaluation criteria and important recommendations to consider while preparing an ERC grant application. Informative presentations were delivered by ERC official representatives, grant holders and panel members. The role of National Contact Points was highlighted and NCPs from eastern partnership countries outlined existing situation and challenges in terms of engaging scientist in ERC calls. By hosting a significant regional event, Georgia reaffirms its readiness to dedicate efforts and facilitate its scientific community’s participation in different opportunities provided by Horizon 2020 program. Below you can find the presentations from the speakers of the conference:   20 th of April - Strenghtening Eastern Partnership participation in ERC calls   Welcome address by the ERC president [video message] - Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon “ERC - 10 years of supporting  top researchers all across Europe” - Prof. Eva Kondorosi “Spreading Research Excellence in Europe: Perspectives of Academia Europaea” - Prof. Sierd Cloetingh “ERC challenges and opportunities for Georgian researchers” - Prof. Marja Makarow “ERC grantee testimony” - Prof. Georgi Dvali “The ERC’s quest to support excellent researchers all over Europe” - Asli Vural   Panel discussion: Scientific diaspora's perspectives on strengthening participation in ERC competitions “Engaging the Scientific Diaspora from EaP countries” -: Yannis Kechagiaras “Engaging the scientific diaspora from Eastern Partnership countries” - Prof. Dmitri A. Rusakov   Panel discussion: National and institutional perspectives on participation in ERC competitions National and institutional perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of participation in ERC competitions – Prof. Gheorghe Duca Ukrainian perspectives on participation in ERC competitions - Prof. Anatoly Zagorodny   21 st of April -ERC Information day for potential applicants   The European Research Council: Funding investigator-driven frontier research - Prof. Eva Kondorosi ERC application and evaluation procedure - Dr David Krasa How I got my ERC grant - Prof. Dmitri A.Rusakov   Panel discussion: The role of ERC National Contact Points: Supporting ERC applicants on national level The role of ERC National Contact Points - Béatrice Thiry SRNSF – NCP of the ERC – Mariam Keburia HORIZON 2020 NCP system in Belarus in promoting ERC - Olga Meerovskaya Moldova: National Practices in supporting participation in H2020 - Dr. Lidia Romanciuc NCP Experience in Azerbaijan - Prof. Ulduz Hashimova