27/11/2017 16:08

European Regional meeting of the Global Research Council

On November 22-23, 2017, European regional meeting of the Global Research Council (GRC) was held in Stockholm, Sweden. The meeting was hosted by the Swedish Research Council For Sustainable Development. National science foundations from the EU Member States and the associated countries of EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020 attended the Regional meeting. Georgia was represented by the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia (SRNSFG), as the list of participants included the Director General of the Foundation, Manana (Mako) Mikaberidze and the Deputy Director General Nino Gachechiladze. Two following topics were discussed during the meeting: Science Diplomacy; Peer-Review The meeting aimed to strengthen the collaboration between internationally recognized foundations and agencies which fund scientific research, to emphasize the close cooperation between science and diplomacy and to strengthen the communication between fields of scientific and foreign policy.  In this context, special emphasis was put on the sustainability of international cooperation and on sharing economic interests and the necessary infrastructure for joint scientific activities. The Fund's representatives discussed the criteria of expert assessment that are essential for bilateral trusts in cooperation between financing institutions, as well as for effective and transparent administration of joint programs. Beside this, the European funds participating in the meeting formulated a new vision for the 2018’s GRC Annual Meeting, which will be held in May, 2018 and will be hosted by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research and National Science Foundation of Korea. Participants of two days international event were the representatives of leading European Scientific Foundations from Sweden ( Swedish Research Council ), Switzerland ( Swiss National Science Foundation ),  Poland ( National Science Centre of Poland ), Norway ( The Research Council of Norway ), United Kingdom ( University of Exeter ), United States of America ( American Association for the Advancement of Science ), Republic of Ireland ( Science Foundation Ireland ),  Germany  (DFG,  German Research Foundation ), Turkey  ( TUBITAK - The scientific and technological research council of Turkey ), Azerbaijan  ( Science Development Foundation under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan ), Russia ( Russian Foundation for Basic Research ), Slovakia ( Slovak Research and Development Agency ), Luxemburg ( Luxembourg National Research Fund ), Italy ( National Institute for Nuclear Physics ), Spain ( Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology - Secretary of State for Research, development and innovation ), Israel ( Israel Science Foundation ), Slovenia ( Slovenian Research Agency ), Croatia ( Croatian Science Foundation ), Czech Republic ( Czech Science Foundation ), also the  representatives from European Research Council and the board of The EU framework program for research and innovation „ Horizon2020 “. Among  the representatives of the European Regional Meeting were: Dr. Sandeep Sandhu-the representative of the United Kingdom`s Research Center and executive of CRC supporting group; Mrs. Maud Evrard - representative of European Science and GRC; Dr. Marga Gual Soler - representative of American Association for the Advancement of Science ; Prof. Jane Elliot-representative of  University of Exeter etc.  There was also panel discussion about Science Diplomacy with the representative of Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Andres Throedson, secretary general of Formas and the representative of Sweden in  IPCC Prof. Markku Rummukainen and the representative of royal institute of technologies Dr. Lize-Marie van der Watt Internal workshops were held during the meeting and the representatives of European foundations discussed about the issues related to science and diplomacy and peer review. Internal meetings were held during the meeting for discussing European foundations’ vision in terms of the Science Diplomacy and Peer Review.  
24/11/2017 17:02

Joint call for proposals by the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) is now open

Joint call for proposals by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia (Foundation) is now open. The call aims to develop cooperation between Georgian and Turkish higher educational institutions, scientific and research centers, and to strengthen collaboration between the Georgian and Turkish teams of scientists. The joint call of 2017 offers funding for the joint research projects for Georgian and Turkish researcher teams. The team of Georgian researchers should have a Principal Investigator (PI) from Georgia and the Turkish team should have one from Turkey. Turkish and Georgian partners will submit a joint online application in English via TUBITAK’s online system, that can be accessed at until February 15, 2018. The duration of a project should not exceed 24 months and the Georgian partners that are eligible for funding can receive up to 30.000 GEL per project, 15 000 GEL annually. Georgian participants should submit the required documents to the Foundation till 15:00 on March 1 st , 2018. A copy of the full project proposal in English - registered at the TUBITAK online system; A complete version of the project proposal translated in Georgian by the Translation Bureau; A statement by the Georgian research team, signed by the Principal Investigator and the key personnel; The identification documents and proof of academic degree of the Principal Investigator and the key personnel from Georgia. If the aforementioned documents are not issued in Georgia, it should be accompanied with the approval by the LEPL National Education Quality Enhancement Center of Georgia. Academic degrees issued in the USSR do not require Georgian translation and approval; Professional Biography (CV) of the key personnel of the project; (Annex #3 Georgian and  English versions) ; Letter of co-financing, indicating the amount of co-financing (in case of such), signed by the head of the corresponding legal entity or by the person ( Annex #4 ) . View the annexes related to the Call: Decree by the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia; Decree by the Director General of the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia; Terms of the Joint Call   (Annex №1); Statement by the key personnel    (Annex №2); CV of a Scientist  Georgian  /  English (Annex №3); Letter of Co-financing   (Annex №4); Budget Classifier (Annex №5); Evaluation Criteria .   Information about the Call is also available at the TUBITAK’s website . For additional questions, you can contact the coordinators of the call: Mariam Keburia Tel: +995 322 200 220 (4022)  Email:   Irakli Grdzelishvili Tel: +995 322 200 220 (4445) Email:   Tamta Shkubuliani Tel: +995 322 200 220 (4445) Email:          
22/11/2017 17:33

Horizon 2020 Information Day

The Horizon 2020 Information day was arranged on November 21 in Tbilisi, Georgia. The event was organized by the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia in collaboration and with the support of the Eap PLUS project. The information day was attended by the representatives of the Georgian scientific community, research universities and scientific centers. The event agenda included the topics related to the  Horizon 2020 Work Programme , participation rules, legal and financial issues, various  opportunities for enhancing international cooperation for Georgian scientists etc. the following speakers delivered presentations:  Dr.  Béla Kardon - the Chief Scientific Officer and Mr.  Ádám Dávid  – international expert from the Regional Centre for Information and Scientific Development (RCISD).   Dr. Teymuras Kurzchalia  – research Group leader at Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics.   The second session of the event focused on the  SPIRE Calls (Sustainable Process Industry)  .   Secure, clean and efficient energy  (2018- 2020)  and SPIRE was presented by the Georgian National Contact Point Ms. Natalia Shatirishvili, SPIRE National Contact Point – Ms. Marita Arabidze and Dr. Jaroslaw Piekarski- National Contact Point in Poland also made a presentation through skype call. The third session was led by the Georgian NCP panel discussing the recently published work programme and the upcoming calls in their fields: Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing (NCP Dr. Maia Okujava); Information and Communication technologies (Dr. Givi Kochoradze); Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine Maritime and inland Water research and the Bioeconomy (NCP Dr. Vladimer Elisashvili). Useful links and materials of the Information day, including the presentations can be found  here.

Memorandum of understanding signed between LEPL Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia and JSC TBC Bank

20/11/2017 17:10
On November 13, 2017, the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia signed a memorandum of understanding between the foundation and JSC “TBC Bank’’ according to which TBC supports the competition “Leonardo da Vinci’’ of the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia in 2018.  JSC ‘’TBC Bank’’ has been the official partner of the competition since 2016. The Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia hopes that the competition will have other sponsors supporting and encouraging young inventors and researchers of ‘’Leonardo da Vinci’’ competition.
20/11/2017 14:58
17/11/2017 12:53
17/11/2017 10:11

Webinars for Horizon 2020 programmes “Innovation for SMEs” and “Access to Risk Factor” National Contact Points

Access4SMEs,  the network of Horizon 2020 National Contact Points (NCP) for Small Medium-sized Enterprises and Access to Risk Finance (SMEs, ARF), would like to invite you to participate in our three next webinars still coming this year. The webinars are listed in the training plan and are parts of the curriculum. Please find the updated  Capacity Building Strategy  attached .  Please find following the invitation to attend the webinars: 1)      InnovFin Science and InnovFin Emerging Innovator  -   basic  on November 17th, 2017 at 12.00 am CET The aim of this webinar is to present the different opportunities included under the new H2020 Access to risk finance 2018-2020 Work Programme and highlight to the NCP community which key messages they should be spreading in their communities. The registration link and the Agenda  – 2)      SMEs in collaborative projects  - basic   on November 30th, 2017 at 10.00 am CET The registration link and the Agenda  – 3)      Business Model Development, Business Plan Developing  - basic  on December 12th, 2017 at 11.00 am CET The link for the webinar in due time, the registration as well as the detailed agenda of the webinar, will be available on the website of Access4SMEs soon. 

16/11/2017 15:56
14/11/2017 16:10

Recognition of world scientific circles: Georgia - the country of ancient winemaking!

On 14 th noveber the hotel “Radison Blue Iveria” guested the scientific research presentation about Georgian winemaking culture. After the presentation, scientists have admitted that the first winemakers in the world were Georgians, and that the culture of winemaking started from Georgia. Professor David Lortkipanidze announced the research results and methods during the presentation. The official scientific journal of the National Academy of Sciences PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America), which is one of the highest-ranking science journals of the world, published the article „Early Neolithic wine of Georgia in the South Caucasus". Along with the Georgian researchers, the authors of the article are scientists from USA, France, Italy, Canada, Denmark and Israel. The article describes a new multidisciplinary study, according to which Humans were fermenting grapes into wine in Georgia as early as 6000-5800 BC - in other words, yet 8000 years ago.  Since 2014, with the initiative of Georgian Wine Association and support of Georgian government, National Wine Agency of Georgia guides the international multidisciplinary Research Project for the Study of Georgian Grapes and Wine Culture. The project is joined by the Georgian scientists, as well as by the researchers from Pennsylvania, Montpellier, Milan, Copenhagen and Toronto universities, also the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel) and French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). The scientific director of the project is the corresponding member of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences David Lordkipanidze. The project is coordinated by the National Wine Agency scientist Dr. David Maghradze. The study of the archaeological sites of the Neolithic period (VI Millennium B.C) on the territory of Georgia started yet in 1960-ies by the expeditions of Georgian National Academy of Sciences, Simon Janashia State Museum of Georgia. It was gradually guided by Alexandre Javakhishvili, Otar Japharidze and Tamaz Kiguradze. Currently, the excavations are led by archaeologist Mindia Jalabadze. In recent years, the Georgian National Museum's archaeological expeditions are supported by the National Wine Agency, The Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation and the University of Toronto. The biomolecular and archaeological researches of the newly discovered pieces of jars from "Gadachrili Gora" and "Shulaveri Gora" archaeological sites (Marneuli Region, south-east part of Georgia), led by Pennsylvania University Professor Patrick McGovern, revealed the fingerprint of organic acids: tartaric, malic, succinic, and citric acids. This is a marker for wine, made fromVitis vinifera grape variety. The palaeobotanical studies, held by the Georgian National Museum scientists Eliso Kvavadze and Nana Rusishvili, showed that grapes were abundant in the region during the early Neolithic. The researchers from the University of Milan, headed by Osvaldo Failla, restored the climate of the VI millennium B.C and confirmed, that 8000 years ago, in Kvemo Kartli there were appropriate conditions for vine cultivation. In Israeli Weismann Institute, under the guidance of Elisabetta Boaretto, the age of samples was determined by the method of dating C14. This research proved that these samples are dated with 6000-5800 BC and are 600 years older than previously earliest-known wine remains from Zagros Mountains (Iran).  Thus, the world scientific community recognized that the oldest wine remains were discovered on the territory of Georgia, from where it spread around the world with profound consequences for agriculture, human culture, biology, medicine, and ultimately civilization.
10/11/2017 11:14