14/12/2017 18:13
12/12/2017 12:14

SRNSFG-DAAD Summary Conference

The Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) organized Summary Conference “Rustaveli-DAAD Joint Scholarship Programme: presentation of the projects”. The Conference was held at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University on December 12, at 09:30-17:00. At the conference, the Speeches were given by ‘’Rustaveli-DAAD’’ grant holders: PhD students and Post docs and the presentations included natural sciences, medicine and health sciences, social and humanitarian sciences. Mr. Alexander Tevzadze, the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, Ms. Manana Mikaberidze, General Director of the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia and Gebhard Reul, head of the DAAD information center, congratulated the grant holders and wished them success in their further professional activities.
12/12/2017 12:10

2017 Annual Conference of the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia

Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia organized the annual conference “Results of the SRNSFG activities of 2017 and future perspectives” on November 11 th , 2017, at the hotel “Radisson Blu Iveria”. The Director General of SRNSFG , Manana (Mako) Mikaberidze, presented the annual report of the foundation’s activities in 2017; Ms. Mikaberidze reviewed the results of the national and international calls of the foundation, identified the challenges and difficulties during the programme administration procedures, introduced the renewed research project criteria, evaluation mechanisms and activities under the multilateral programmes of the foundation. Besides, presentations have been also delivered to the audience by the heads of each unit of SRNSFG. The conference had three sessions and three major topics have been discussed at separate thematic working panels: 1. Major obstacles identified during the projects’ technical expertise procedures; 2. Grantees’ obligations towards the Foundation: Content assessment during the programme monitoring procedures and indicators; 3. International Relations and perspectives of the foundation in accordance with the new Strategy: Supporting Georgian researchers to participate in the EU Research and Innovation framework programme “Horizon 2020”. Conference participants had the possibility to attend the working panels they were particularly interested in and ask the questions/make comments regarding the abovementioned thematic issues. The Minister of the Education and Science of Georgia , Dr. Mikheil Chkhenkeli addressed the audience of the conference and emphasized on the importance of transparency and publicity of SRNSFG’s activities. According to the Minister, world scientific society is one big family and Georgia has all the resources to be a full-pledged part of it. Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia makes an all-out effort to achieve this goal and the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia fully supports the foundation in this matter. The annual conference lasted until 18:00 and the invited guests (Rectors, Vice-Rectors, Representatives of the Scientific Society and Research institutions, National Contact Points of the international scientific Agencies and programmes) were given further opportunity for additional discussion by the end of the conference.

08/12/2017 17:19
08/12/2017 16:59

Seminar by Clarivate at Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia

On December 7 th , 2017, Head of the Clarivate Educational Programmes Office, Valentin Bokorov and a representative Clarivate in Baku, Ainu Babazadu, held the first seminar at the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia. The seminar explored the use of Web of Sciences and Clarivate products for members of the consortium.
08/12/2017 16:25

Policy Support Facility by the European Commission: Specific Support to Georgia

On the basis of the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia’s request for receiving the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility (PSF), SRNSFG organized the 1 st PSF Mission of the Special Support to Georgia on December 4-7. The Specific Support Facility to Georgia is planned to have missions from October 2017 to May 2018 and is aimed to develop advice and recommendations by independent international experts to enhance Georgia's Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system. The expert panel was chaired by Michael Schlicht, Former Director on national and international Science Policies and Transformation of higher education systems at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Dr. Schlicht has co-authored EU Peer Reviews on RTDI Policy Systems in Kazakhstan, Georgia and Ukraine since 2012. The panel of experts also includes experts from Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria/The UK and the Netherlands   (see Annex).   During the first mission, various meetings have been held with the representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia and the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia. In addition, meetings during the 4-7 mission included different stakeholders from public and private research universities, research centers and agencies, as well as the representatives of the banking and business sectors and other representatives from the international organizations in Georgia. After the mission, the panel will discuss the outcomes and draft a first tentative outline on the status quo in the focus areas, and possible options on how to improve the situation. Second mission of the Policy Support Facility is scheduled for February 2018.
07/12/2017 18:24

2018 Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Technology Idea (Tech-I) Competition

Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia disseminates information regarding the 2018 GIST Tech-I Competition. The competition offers young science and technology innovators and entrepreneurs an opportunity to compete for mentorship, training, and seed capital to advance their ventures.   The early stage science and technology startups will earn a spot by applying to join one of the over sixty GIST Alumni Mentors Tech-I teams.  Each GIST Alumni Mentor will select three startups to represent them in the global public voting, and the top ten startups and their GIST Alumni Mentors will receive a paid trip to the 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) in Istanbul for the final round of the Tech-I Competition.  Finalists will both gain international visibility from pitching their ideas at GEC 2018, and compete for at least $10,000 in seed capital.  In addition, all finalists will receive extensive training and mentoring before the GEC, and up to three months of mentorship following the GEC.  The GIST 2018 Tech-I Competition implementers are the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and VentureWell.  In 2018, the GIST Tech-I competition is seeking startups from all areas of science and technology (S&T) innovation (examples include: agriculture, education, energy, environment, health, information communication technologies (ICT), oceans, and space science) who are still early stage (example, companies that have completed some market analysis, have a launch timeline or have recently launched a product/service for distribution, or have a realistic strategy to sell a product/service).    Applications for the 2018 GIST Tech-I Competition will be accepted  now through December 28, 2017 .  Applicants should submit an executive summary of their science or technology innovation along with a 90 second video explaining their idea or product/service at []  Applicants must be citizens of Georgia, must be between 18-40 years old on January 15, 2018, and either have a business or be willing to start a business in a GIST eligible country. Organizations that work with young scientists and engineers, such as universities, or organizations that work with technology startup companies, such as business incubators and accelerators, are strongly encouraged to apply.
07/12/2017 15:49

“Annual Congress of the Georgian Urological Association: Multidisciplinary Management of the Oncological Diseases

The conference based on the grant project funded by SRNSFG, agreement MG_CG_09-3004/5344, was held on December 1, 2017, in the hotel "Holiday Inn Tbilisi". The conference named “Annual Congress of the Georgian Urological Association: Multidisciplinary Management of the Oncological Diseases", was attended by the members of the Georgian Urological Association, Georgian Urologists, Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists and Radiologists from 20 medical institutions of Georgia - over 200 people. The aim of the project was to review the latest recommendations of the European Urological Association regarding management of urological and oncological diseases, to set up the recommendations into clinical practice and to improve the results of treatment for Georgian patients, to analyze and plan the development of urological science in Georgia; to promote the Georgian urological science across Europe and to establish its leading role in the region (The Caucasus-Central Asia). In frames of the project , analysis of the most problematic cases has been conducted. Different principles of the disease management were presented by various specialists. Each session was concluded by an interactive discussion.  The Georgian Urological Association is planning to arrange a large-scale congress with broader involvement of the Georgian and foreign delegates in summer, 2018.
07/12/2017 14:21

“Intercultural model of Georgian literature and national identity problem”

Presentation of the book “Intercultural model of Georgian literature and national identity problem” published as a SRNSFG grant project was held at the Shota Rustaveli Georgian Literature Institute on December 6, 2017 at 14:30.

07/12/2017 14:06