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18/05/2018 15:19

ERC comics

SRNSFG disseminates information about the European Research Council’s annual entertaining webcomics, which is the part of an ambitious creative project ERComics. Over the next four years, you will find in this page 16 webcomics promoting and explaining the achievements of ERC funded research projects. Stay tuned! Please visit the link to see the comics.
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18/05/2018 14:23

II International Symposium of Young Scholars in the Humanities

SRNSFG disseminates information about the second international symposium of Young Scholars in the Humanities. The Faculty of Humanities at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University is pleased to request calls for participation in the II International Symposium of Young Scholars. Full information is available on the  link .
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14/05/2018 10:22

SRNSFG disseminates information about international scientific events

Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia disseminates information about various important scientific events, scheduled from May to October, 2018 as part of the EU framework programmes and other international projects. Events includes different scientific fields and scientists as well as the SME-representatives can participate in them with the purpose to extend their networking and business capabilities. Information about the scheduled upcoming events and other important news on the Research and Innovation is available in the Turkish Research and Business Organisations AISBL (TuR &Bo) May 2018 Newsletter .
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11/05/2018 15:18

Pre-announcement of the new grant scheme for Georgia’s Early Career Researchers’ fellowship to visit ERC Grantee

Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia (SRNSFG) pre-announces the new grant scheme for Early Career Researchers’ Fellowship to visit ERC Grantee. The scheme aims to support Georgian researchers’ participation in the ERC Grant Calls and their integration into the international scientific community. Successful applicants are early career researchers, who conduct scientific research in accredited public or private research universities or research centers in Georgia. Applicants must be citizens of Georgia currently residing in Georgia, shall have sufficient fluency in written and spoken English (or the language of the receiving country) and be affiliated to accredited research universities or research centers of Georgia. Eligibility time-window: maximum 12 years after PhD (or equivalent degree) by the time applicable call is open. The call is open to researchers working in all scientific fields (OECD/EUROSTAT classificatory) 1-7 ( http://rustaveli.org.ge/en/Classification/page/1016 ) .  For further Information regarding the upcoming grant scheme, please see the concept of the Call . Estimated announcement: August 2018 ( will be modified, depending on the feedback from ERC and from the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia). Application open all year round. First cycle application estimated deadline: October - November 2018 (will be defined later) Estimated end of evaluation and publication of results for first cycle: December 2018. Estimated start period of the fellowship: I - II quarters of 2019. Detailed regulatory document for call administration and application submission procedures will be published in Georgian language in Summer 2018 by SRNSFG.  Applications are to be submitted to the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia.  For additional enquiries, you can contact: Ms. Mariam Keburia ( mkeburia@rustaveli.org.ge ); Head of IR unit, ERC NCP.
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08/05/2018 15:17

ERC Proof of Concept Grant

Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia (SRNSFG) disseminates information about the results of ERC Proof of Concept Grant. 50 ERC grantees have been funded to bring research findings to market. The awarded projects cover a variety of topics: a promising advance in the development of a universal flu vaccine, an atlas of the human sub-cortex for deep brain stimulation of people suffering Parkinson's and other neurological diseases, a new environment-friendly process to produce menthol, and deep learning algorithms for the automatic detection of fake news. Proof of Concept grants, worth €150,000 each, can be used for example, to explore business opportunities, prepare patent applications or verify the practical viability of scientific concepts To date, the ERC has funded around 8,500 top researchers at various stages of their careers. With its additional Proof of Concept grant scheme, the ERC helps grantees to bridge the gap between grantees' pioneering research and early phases of its commercialisation. 
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03/05/2018 12:07

Scholarship Programme

Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia disseminates information about Scholarship Programme offered by The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan. Programme concerns students who wish to study at Japanese specialized training colleges as Specialized Training College Students under the Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Program as follows.  For detailed information, requirements and application forms, please use link . For additional information and contact details, please visit web - page of Embassy of Japan in Georgia .
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03/05/2018 11:46

Horizon Europe

Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia disseminates information on the coming research programme. ,,Horizon Europe” is the new name for the Research Programme for the period of 2021- 2027. EU commission is proposing the biggest ever increase for a Research, Science and Innovation programme in Europe - €97.9 billion. The Commission is putting forward modern, clearer and simpler EU financial rules that ensure the EU budget delivers on the issues that matter to Europeans. Horizon Europe will incorporate research and innovation missions to ensure the effectiveness of research and innovation funding by pursuing clearly defined targets.  Material related to Horizon Europe is available on the link
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27/04/2018 17:25

EIT Food’s Global Food Venture (GFV) programme

Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia (SRNSFG) disseminates information on the new opportunity for PhD students. EIT Food’s Global Food Venture (GFV) programme supports 30 highly - motivated PhD students from across Europe to turn their innovative ideas into successful business propositions in the food & aggrotech space. The programme targets PhD students with an innovative startup idea or with an early stage start-up (pre-seed) from the food & aggrotech space. The programme will educate upcoming innovators in the area of entrepreneurship and business creation through an intensive 3 – week curriculum of tailored seminars and workshops spread out over a period of 6 months, Jun to Dec 2018. PhD students from any European Institute or H2020 associated countries can enter the programme with a start-up idea or with an early stage start-up (pre-seed) in the food & aggrotech space. PhD students who have completed their studies in the 2 nd half of 2017 or students planning to join a PhD programme within 2018 are also eligible to apply for the Global Food Venture. Requirements for participation: Motivation letter (max 1 page); CV (max 2 pages); Video pitch of 1 min; Start-up description ( template to download ) ; Deadline for applications: May 7, 2018; For further details please visit the  programme website
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26/04/2018 16:43

Information Day on the Grants for Networking in brokerage events and Preparatory meetings- 2nd Call

The Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia is organizing the Information Day about the 2 nd round of the grant call “ Grants for Networking ” in the frame of the EaP PLUS Project under EU Framework programme for Research and Innovation “ Horizon 2020”. The meeting will be held at the SRNSFG Conference hall (# 1. Aleksidze str, 3 rd floor) on May 10, at 16:30 . The Grant for Networking financially supports the participation of local researchers from Eastern Partnership countries in Brokerage Events related to Horizon2020 and Preparatory Meetings for the development of H2020 project proposals. Deadline for submission is May31, 2018 and candidates can apply for an event scheduled until August 31, 2018. At the Information Day, the audience will be given information about the Call and EU framework programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020” in general. To attend the meeting, please fill in the registration form .
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26/04/2018 14:59

A more “political” framework programme?

SRNSFG disseminates information about the draft version of the following Framework Programme (FP9) which according to the EU research commissioner Carlos Moedas, could attract broader political support. EU next framework programme, as indicated in the documents, called “Horizon Europe”, will highlight certain important topics: Health- the goals for health innovation would include helping Europe’s national healthcare systems work better, rather than focusing on individual technologies; Security - The draft plans include creating a central, European “cybersecurity research and competence centre as a hub with world class knowledge and technology capabilities.”  It will try to counteract the receding “trust in the political institutions of democracy” by funding more research on populism, social media misinformation, and social inequalities. Besides, Industrial and digital technologies, Climate, energy and transport, Food, farms and ocean – seem to be important part of the following framework programme. European Innovation Council (EIC) - One of the genuinely new features of the new programme, the European Innovation Council would come in two complementary parts, namely the ‘Pathfinder for Advanced Research’, for the early stages of technology development, and the ‘Accelerator’ for innovation and ready-for-market ideas. The draft mentions funding options, but also “advisory services providing coaching, mentoring and pairing with peers, industrial partners and investors”. Interestingly, according to the draft, the Commission would also form an ‘EIC Forum’ of public innovation agencies, “with the aim to promote coordination and dialogue” and “align research agendas”. European Research Council and MSCA.  The ERC, the EU’s basic-science funder, would be given an extra push to attract top researchers from around the world, and raise the bar for scientific quality overall in Europe. Source: https://sciencebusiness.net For more information, please visit the website.
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