12/06/2018 16:31

Announcement: Scientific-Research Grant Call for "Halyomorpha Halys Elimination State Programme 2018"

Scientific-Research Grant Call for " Halyomorpha Halys Elimination State Programme 2018" will be announced in June, 2018. Call goals: Facing the social-economic challenge of the Government - Halyomorpha Halys elimination and addressing agricultural issues, caused by its dissemination, through conducting scientific-technological research; facilitation of innovative scientific research, focused on solving difficulties caused by Halyomorpha Halys; seeking for new knowledge, methods and innovative technological decisions; theoretical and experimental analysis of addressing problems through sharing best international experience. Funding can be obtained only via open call! Basic programme and conditions of the call: The call provides funding only for institutional scientific-research projects. One or several organizations can participate together with project key personnel in the grant call. Project must have host institution; Project must have key personnel; Project must have principal investigator; Project must have coordinator; Minimum one young scientist must be included into the project during all reporting periods; Project may have co-participant organization(s) (if applicable); Project may have partner organization; Project may have supporting personnel; Project may have research advisor(s); Project may have co-funding legal/natural person. One and the same person is disallowed to provide more than one applications as key personnel. Project implementation period may be 1 or 2 years. Reporting period is 1 year. Requested funding from SRNSFG should not exceed 61 250 Gel for 1-year project and 122 500 Gel for 2-year project. In case of 2-year project, the funding distribution should be in compliance with the goals and objectives of the project. Please, consider that the call programme and conditions, corresponding annexes, call terms and registration procedures will be available after the announcement of the call. For the further information, please, contact us via phone number: +995 32 2 200 220 (4015)  
12/06/2018 14:02

CiteScore™ metrics - A new standard of journal citation impact

SRNSFG disseminates information about a new standard of journal citation impact of the ELSEVIER database. CiteScore™ metrics are a new standard to measure serial citation impact. Comprehensive, transparent, current and free, CiteScore metrics help you to analyze the impact of all serial titles – including journals – in Scopus. CiteScore Tracker is calculated monthly. It shows how the current year’s CiteScore value is building and provides a timely way to track a title’s progress until the next annual value is published.researchers will have access to 23 350 sources such as academic journals, citations, books, book chapters etc.New titles can receive CiteScore metrics the year after they are first indexed by Scopus. For additional information, please visit the website .
11/06/2018 15:03

Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility – Presentation of the final report

Presentation of the final report of the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility will be held on  June 14, 2018 at  14:00  at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University,  auditorium # 107. Policy Support Facility  implies elaboration of recommendations by independent, high-ranking international experts in order to strengthen Georgia's Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system. The visit is implemented during  October, 2017 – May, 2018  on the basis of the request of the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia to the European Commission. Two missions have been successfully implemented within the framework of the Policy Support Facility in  December 2017  and  February 2018.  During the visits, international experts held meeting with different stakeholders including the State and Private sector, representatives of industry and academia from various institutions/organizations. The thematic meetings within the framework of the visits included the following issues: Support in identification of promising research fields; Measures for narrowing the gap between research and industry/business; Proposal for the performance-based funding of research entities.      The 3 rd  visit, which is the dissemination mission implies the report based on the findings during the previous meetings by the experts of the Policy Support Facility regarding the development of  STI system in Georgia. The report will be published on the website:   To attend the meeting on  June 14 at 14:00, please register via the  link.  
08/06/2018 18:04

Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia disseminates latest press release of European Commission

EU budget: Commission proposes most ambitious Research and Innovation programme yet   For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing €100 billion for research and innovation. A new programme – Horizon Europe – will build on the achievements and success of the previous research and innovation programme (Horizon 2020) and keep the EU at the forefront of global research and innovation. Horizon Europe is the most ambitious research and innovation programme ever. While continuing to drive scientific excellence through the European Research Council (ERC) and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships and exchanges, Horizon Europe will introduce the following main new features: A European Innovation Council (EIC) to help the EU become a frontrunner in market-creating innovation:The Commission's proposal will establish a one-stop shop to bring the most promising high potential and breakthrough technologies from lab to market application, and help the most innovative start-ups and companies scale up their ideas. The new EIC will help identify and fund fast-moving, high-risk innovations with strong potential to create entirely new markets. It will provide direct support to innovators through two main funding instruments, one for early stages and the other for development and market deployment. It will complement the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). New EU-wide research and innovation missions focusing on societal challenges and industrial competitiveness:Under Horizon Europe, the Commission will launch new missions with bold, ambitious goals and strong European added valueto tackle issues that affect our daily lives. Examples could range from the fight against cancer, to clean transport or plastic-free oceans. These missions will be co-designed with citizens, stakeholders, the European Parliament and Member States. Maximising the innovation potential across the EU:  Support will be doubled for Member States lagging behind in their efforts to make the most of their national research and innovation potential. Moreover, new synergies with Structural and Cohesion Funds will make it easy to coordinate and combine funding and help regions embrace innovation. More openness:  The principle of 'open science' will become the modus operandi of Horizon Europe, requiring open access to publications and data. This will assist market uptake and increase the innovation potential of results generated by EU funding. A new generation of European Partnerships and increased collaboration with other EU programmes:  Horizon Europewill streamline the number of partnershipsthat the EU co-programmes or co-funds with partners like industry, civil society and funding foundations, in order to increase their effectiveness and impact in achieving Europe's policy priorities.Horizon Europe will promote effective and operational links with other future EU programmes, like Cohesion Policy, the European Defence Fund, the Digital Europe Programme and the Connecting Europe Facility, as well as with the international fusion energy project  ITER . The Joint Research Centre (JRC), the Commission's science and knowledge service, will continue to contribute with scientific advice, technical support and dedicated research.  About two-thirds of Europe's economic growth over the last decades has been driven by innovation. Horizon Europe is expected to generate new and more knowledge and technologies, promoting scientific excellence, and to have positive effects on growth, trade and investment and significant social and environmental impact.Each euro invested by the programme can potentially generate a return of up to 11 euro of GDP over 25 years. Union investments in R&I are expected to directly generate an estimated gain of up to 100 000 jobs in R&I activities in the ‘investment phase' (2021-2027). Further details can be accessed on the website .
07/06/2018 11:21

UNESCO - The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) 2018

SRNSFG disseminates information about the UNESCO Young Professionals Programme (YPP) 2018. The aim of the programme is to engage professional youth in UNESCO activities at the headquarters or regional bureaus of the organization worldwide. According to the rules of the Human Resource Management Bureau, the country has the right to nominate maximum 15 candidates until 27 July 2018.   Candidates must have no more than 32 years old, speak English or French languages on an advanced level and hold minimum MA degree. To participate in the programme, applicants should send the following documentation electronically to the e-mail address: until June 29, 2018: CV- in Georgian and English; Motivation letter – in English or French (maximum 500 words describing the vision of the applicant with regards to his/her role and contribution to the organization). Georgian National Commission for UNESCO will present the nominated candidates to the UNESCO head office and the final selection will be based on online interviews with the applicants. Details about the programme is available on the link.
06/06/2018 13:28

High level committee set up to look for ERC new president

SRNSFG disseminates information about appointment of seven experts in the committee to conduct the search for the next president of the European Research Council (ERC). According to the European Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas, t he committee will be chaired by former European Commissioner Mario Monti, President of Bocconi University, also former Prime Minister of Italy. The committee will make recommendations to the European Commission in time for the next ERC president to take up duties on 1 January 2020, as successor to the current president, Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon. Moedas also noted that ERC has become a powerhouse of science and will be a key pillar in an even more ambitious research and innovation framework programme that will follow Horizon 2020. The search committee members are: Chair Mario MONTI Helga NOWOTNY , Professor emeritus of Social Studies of Science, ETH Zurich, Former President of the ERC Scientific Council  Fabiola GIANOTTI , Director-General of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research Carl-Henrik HELDIN , Director of the Ludwig Institute at Uppsala University, Chairman of the board of the Nobel Foundation Jules A. HOFFMANN , Chair of Integrative Biology, University of Strasbourg, 2011 Nobel Prize in Medicine Alice GAST , President of Imperial College London   Maciej ZYLICZ , President and Executive Director of the Foundation for Polish Science Further information can be accessed on the website .
05/06/2018 14:16

Annual S/B Framework conference “Innovative Europe? Time for a new EU innovation Strategy”

SRNSFG disseminates information about the Science|Business annual conference “Innovative Europe? Time for a new EU Innovation Strategy” will will be held on June 5th, 2018 from 9:00 -17:15 (Brussels time). Europe’s economy is picking up – but what about its engine for future growth: Research and Innovation? This conference debates the policies and programmes Europe will need for long-term prosperity – across all sectors: health, ICT, manufacturing, energy, regional development and more. Highlights include: Devising a broad, cross-sectoral innovation policy – energising industry large and small How to finance innovation – from Juncker Plan to European Innovation Council? What mission for the next EU Framework Programme? Workshops on removing barriers to innovation – in artificial intelligence, finance, regional development, health and international cooperation. information about the Science Business. You can attend the live webcast of the conference. Please register via using the link.  Use #InnovativeEU and #HorizonEU to interact with us at the conference.   Additional information, including the list of speakers and the conference programme can be accessed on the website.  
05/06/2018 14:14


Shota Rustaveli National science foundation of Georgia disseminates information about ERC funded projects with striking impact by 79% with breakthrough or major advances . The study was conducted on a random sample of 223 projects of Starting and Advanced Grant from a pool of 470 completed projects. Statistics show that 79% of projects were of major impact : 19% led to a breakthrough and 60% to a major scientific advance . Projects have already left their mark on the economy, society and policy-making . Only 21% of evaluated projects were considered as having incremental or no appreciable scientific contribution ( See the diagram ). Further  information about ERC projects results is available on website . ERC funded projects can be accessed on webpage .
28/05/2018 15:23

Design for Innovation training for SMEs in Athens

SRNSFG disseminates information about new cost-free training for SMEs (small and medium enterprises) in Athens. The training ,which is under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), is hosted by the MBA International Programme, of the Athens University of Economics and Business on June 21, 2018 . The course will provide the participants with a meaningful view of the benefits and the opportunities of design-driven innovation, with presentations, case studies and team work in one full day. During the training participants will learn and experience: The benefits of Strategic Design for SMEs Shaping your products through Customer-Centered Design What Design-Driven Innovation means Design Case Studies Teamwork on Design-Driven Innovation Teamwork on Strategic design for SMEs The course will be held by design and business administration teachers from Milan Politecnico – among the best European universities in these fields.     The event will be held in Athens University of Economic and Business. Participation is free . Further information can be accessed on the webpage.
23/05/2018 10:22

Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC)

SRNSFG disseminates information about the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC) , in terms of which training courses are to be conducted in 2018-2019, India. The programme unites 80 institutes that conduct more than 250 short-term, medium-term and long-term training courses in 25 disciplines: Agriculture, Banking, Finance, Education, Engineering & Technology, etc. The Government of India has increased the training slots for Georgia to 30 . The eligible applicants should be within the age group of 25-45 years, speak English language and be medically fit. Candidates should register online , 3 months prior to the appropriate course. The entire training cost, including air travel expenditure, will be covered by the Government of India. For the further information, please, follow the link .