19/06/2018 15:44

Presentation of the project “Between East and West. Iranian and French authors about 19th century Georgia”

Presentation of the results of the project “Between East and West. Iranian and French authors bout 19th century Georgia”, funded by SRNSFG in frames of the Fundamental research grant held on June 18, 2018. Project participants outlined that the works belonging to 35 French and 63 Iranian authors, have been translated with relevant comments. Translations have been published on the web page of Ilia State University, section - Giorgi Tsereteli Institute of Oriental Studies. Participants of the project discussed scientific articles titled "Between East and West. Iranian and French authors about 19 th century Georgia” as well as several publications and articles published in frames of the project.  
15/06/2018 16:32

Presentation of the Final Report of the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility – Specific Support to Georgia

Presentation of the final report of the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility was 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-Specific support to Georgia ( 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.   It is noteworthy that Cristina Russo, Director of International Cooperation, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission, paid an official visit to Georgia. She welcomed the audience with the keynote speech and highlighted the importance of STI system development and Policy Support Facility. The event was opened by the Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, Dr. Alexander Tevzadze. Opening remarks have been also made by the Vice rector of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Dr. Aleksandre Tskiskaridze and the Director General of SRNSFG, Ms. Manana Mikaberidze. The experts’ panel presented their report and recommendations based on two visits and comprehensive research of the Georgian STI system. The panel of the independent high-ranking international experts: Co-chairs: Michael Schlich t - Former Director on national and international Science Policies and Krzysztof Gulda - independent expert, Council Member of the National Centre for Research and Development in Poland, advisor to the polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education; Manfred Spiesberger (Rapporteur):  Senior researcher at Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI) in Austria, political scientist specialized in R&D and innovation policies in Eastern Europe, in evaluations and impact assessments, and foresight; Maria Nedeva - Professor of Science and Innovation Dynamics and Policy at the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), the University of Manchester and a long-standing member of the Manchester Institute for Innovation Research and Anna Kaderabkova - Executive and research director of Centre for Innovation Studies at University of Economics and Management, Prague (Czech Republic). General note from the panel in the report: Georgia is a leader in facilitating business activities, but a laggard in facilitating research and innovation activities. For the benefit of the Georgian STI System, the panel strongly advises ‘ Strengthen 4C for Georgia: Coordination, concentration, collaboration, coherence. Presentation was followed by open discussion and the audience had opportunity to ask the questions. Final report of the policy support Facility- Specific Support to Georgia is published on the official website of the European Commission: Presentation of June 14 can be accessed via the link.    
14/06/2018 16:47

SRNSFG announces the Scientific-Research Grant Call for

Call title Scientific-Research Grant Call for " Halyomorpha Halys Elimination State Programme 2018" Call abbreviation – SRNSFG -NFA 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. Project proposal should aim at: studying the biology and quantitative dynamics of Halyomorpha halys in Georgia; identifying its bio antagonists and biological enemies, their consumption opportunities, monitoring and studying the efficiency of biological tools for plants protection; experimental proof of new hypotheses and concepts in terms of problem solution. Funded research should provide the basis of progress in long-term perspective for the state or in terms of regional and international scales.     Project proposal type – institutional   Basic programme and conditions of the call: Requested funding from SRNSFG should not exceed 61 250 Gel for 1-year project and 122 500 Gel for 2-year project.    Project implementation period: 1 or 2 years.   Call administration calendar : Call announcement:                                        June 14, 2018 Group consultations:                                       June 26, 2018  16:00 pm. ( registration form )                                                                         July 10, 2018   16:00 pm. (registration form) Deadline for sending questions electronically: July 17, 2018 Electronic registration starting date:                July 7, 2018 Registration deadline:                   Electronic:                        July 23, 2018   16:00 pm.                   Submission to the office:   July 24, 2018    16:00 pm.   Call regulatory documents : Decree of the Government of Georgia №970 , May 3, 2018 Decree of the SRNSFG Director General N77 , June 14, 2018 Alteration in the decree of the SRNSFG Director General Evaluation criteria Budget classification Scientific fields classification ( GEO / ENG ) Documents and annexes required for the Project : Project programme and conditions (annex 1) Cover page (annex 2) - template Project proposal (annex 3) GEO / ENG CV of the key personnel (annex 4) - template Project timeframe (annex 5) GEO / ENG Project budget (annex 6) - templates GEO / ENG Letter of research advisor’s commitment (annex 7) GEO / ENG Letter of co-funding commitment (if applicable) (annex 8) GEO / ENG Frequently asked questions   Electronic registration links: The Grants Management Unified System (GMUS) – for project registration (link) Instruction for electronic registration (link) Important information for applicants : Please, carefully read the Decree of the Government of Georgia, decree of the SRNSFG Director General, call programme and conditions and other annexes; Annexes, provided as templates, should be filled in the Grants management Unified System – GMUS, during electronic registration; Only group consultations will be held. For the further information, please, contact us via email:,ge   from 14/06 to 17/07. Frequently asked questions will be renewed periodically.   Coordinators : Natalia Gverdtsiteli  2 200 220 (4015) Naira Palavandishvili Email:,ge   Good luck!    

13/06/2018 17:49
13/06/2018 16:38

"Extraction and analysis of natural food colorants from local agro-industrial waste materials"

On June 12, 2018, at 14:00, at Petre Melikishvili Institute of Physical and Organic Chemistry of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, was held a presentation of the results of the project "Extraction and analysis of natural food colorants from local agro-industrial waste materials", winner of the 2016 Call for Fundamental Grants. Speakers introduced to the attending audience the results of the research carried out within the project. Specifically, in the framework of the project were developed the modern extraction procedures, quantitative analysis methods, and a multistage laboratory technological scheme to obtain natural colorants in powder form from agro-industrial waste materials.

13/06/2018 15:59
12/06/2018 14:03

Consultation meeting

Consultation meeting about the PhD grant call 2018 was held on June 12, 2018 at 16:00 at the Conference hall of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia. (# 1 Aleksidze st.) Call coordinators reviewed Terms and Conditions of the call and answered the questions.
11/06/2018 16:39

Meeting with the representatives of the Ministries of Georgia in terms of Research promotion and commercialization

On June 11, at 16:00 LEPL Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, organized the workshop with representatives from different Ministries and public institutions. The workshop aimed to promote collaboration between the State institutions, private and industrial sector in different topics such as: promoting the problem-oriented research; development of Applied Research; commercialization of the scientific research; supporting collaboration with the scientific-research institutions of the private sector. It is noteworthy, that since 2016 Georgia is an associated country to EU’s research and innovation framework program “Horizon 2020” , which supports scientists, research institutions, small and medium size enterprises to make a large-scale and high-budget project proposals with European and other colleagues coming from different states, in order to receive funding. "Horizon 2020" focuses on cooperation between scientific and private sector; research projects development in response to a specific public challenges; promoting research activities oriented on commercialization and etc. It should be noted that, according to the European Commission's Communications and Reports, the next Framework Program for Research and Innovation ( EU Framework Program 9 ) will pay more attention to the business sector and scientific field. Coming out of the information mentioned above, workshop held discussion on following issues: Grant call Applied Research , administered by SRNSFG: Identifying and outlining up-to-date topics for considering in the concept of the call; Introducing Georgia to the upcoming Framework Program of the European Union in Research and Innovation (9 th Framework Program): Considering and adopting present social challenges and economic capabilities in the Work Programmes of 9th Framework Program; Utilization of promising potential of LEPL - Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation as an institution with experience of grant call administration. Meeting with the representatives of the Ministries of Georgia was held in the format of the round table, where participants stated their points of view and discussed prospects of the future cooperation.    
08/06/2018 16:44

‘Scholarly Edition of the 19th-20th Georgian Writers’ Epistolary Legacy’

Scientific Project ‘Scholarly Edition of the 19 th -20 th  Georgian Writers’ Epistolary Legacy’ is being implemented since 2010 with the close cooperation of Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University, Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature and National Center of Manuscripts. In 2016, the project obtained a grant of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation for the third time. On the basis of the project, the Ph.D. program ‘Textual scholarship and editorial studies’ was created which in 2016 won in the call for the development of structured Ph.D. programs. On June 7, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University hosted the presentation of the books: ‘Scholarly Edition of the 19 th -20 th  Georgian Writers’ Epistolary Legacy’ (Volume VIII) and textbook ‘Textual scholarship’, prepared within the above-mentioned projects (Principal Investigator Ketevan  Gigashvili). In the framework of the first project, scientific investigation of Georgian writers' personal letters and the scholarly edition is being implemented in Georgia for the first time. The 8th volume, like the previous 7 volumes, was dedicated to Grigol Orbeliani's letters. Poet’s 727 epistles have already been issued in the edition, 325 of which have been published for the first time and 156 letters have been dated. The textbook ‘Textual scholarship’ reflects the current level of development of this field, the terminological differences between the schools of textual scholarship of different countries, both traditional and the latest research methods and technologies, the aspects of the use of fundamental textual researches and the perspectives of development of the textual scholarship. The scientists highlighted the contribution of these editions to the development of the field.  

07/06/2018 11:13