Mission, Goals, Objectives

Mission, Goals, Objectives

28/10/2015 16:06

The Foundation’s mission is to support innovative, international standards high quality scientific research development in Georgia and integration of Georgian researchers and young scientists in international research area.

The Foundation’s main priorities are:

  • Improving quality of scientific research
  • Internationalization of research
  • Promoting young scientist development

The Foundation organizes calls for proposals, targeted programs and projects, and is involved in international scientific networks and joint projects. The Foundation administers 27 programs, out of which, there are 19 national, five international bilateral programs, and three multilateral projects under the EU Framework Program. All programs of SRNSF are implemented through the calls for project proposals on a competitive basis. Local and international independent experts carry out the evaluations.

SRNSF supports:

  • Scientific Research projects;
  • Young Scientists’ development and promotion of international collaboration;
  • Georgian Studies popularization;
  • Joint international scientific projects;
  • Development of Science Information and Technology Infrastructure;
  • Science popularization.

Scientific fields funded by SRNSF programs in accordance with OECD / EUROSTAT classification:

  1. Exact and Natural sciences;
  2. Engineering and Technologies;
  3. Medical and health sciences;
  4. Agrarian sciences;
  5. Social sciences;
  6. Humanities.

In addition, the Foundation finances research projects related to  Georgian Studies, with up to 10 % of annual budget.

The national science Foundation's strategy is to support the development of science, innovation and technology in line with Georgian government's strategic document for socio-economic development "Georgia 2020", support integration of Georgian scientists in the international research area, monitor the quality and evaluate the research and development in accordance with the Georgian-EU Association Agreement requirements;

SRNSF Priority Areas and Programs:

  1. Supporting Scientific Research: Basic/fundamental Research grants (FR), Applied Research grants (AR), Research grants with participation of compatriots residing abroad (DI);
  2. Supporting Georgian Studies popularization: Research of Georgia’s cultural and material heritage, Supporting Georgian Studies’ centers and programs development abroad;
  3. Promoting Young Scientists’ development:  Research grants for Post-Docs, Research grants for PhD Students, Research grants for MA students, Grants for Young Scientists’ research internship abroad, Institutional Grants for Seasonal Schools;
  4. Supporting International Cooperation and mobility of researchers: Individual Travel grants, International Conference Grants for institutions;
  5. Joint multilateral and bilateral scientific collaboration (enhancing international collaboration in scientific research): CERN, DUBNA, JUELICH CENTER, CNR, CNRS, STCU, ISTC, CRDF-Global and projects funded under the EU Framework Programmes (IncoNet EaP; Black Sea Horizon, IncoNet EaP+);
  6. Science Popularization: Program for young inventors and researchers ‘Leonardo Da Vinci’ (secondary school students’ projects), Research projects with participation of secondary school students, Participation of Georgian pupils in International Olympiads (selection tours and training activities);
  7. Development of Science Information and Technology Infrastructure: Scientific equipment grants, ELSEVIER BV, Scopus access to electronic journals for the state universities and research institutions / centers. Two Georgian electronic journals (Annals of Agrarian Science and Transactions of Andria Razmadze Mathematical Institute) in the database of ELSEVIER from 2016.

The Foundation’s action plan includes evaluating the Foundation’s program effectiveness and, based on the needs analysis, developing new programs and competitions;  Strengthening Georgian Studies and supporting its centers and programs abroad; Increasing grant program funding;  Administering competition programs and evaluating applications in accordance with international standards and practices; Assessing scientific technology infrastructure and developing an interactive map for infrastructure; Strengthening science popularization activities;  Developing new national evaluation system through collaboration with European and the US scientific foundations and evaluation agencies; Implementing grants management unified, integrated system and creating an entire scientific portal; Ensuring access of universities and research centers to International Scientific Information database, to publish Georgian journals in ELSEVIER-'s scientific database, including the journal about Georgian Studies; Actively collaborating with the local (GITA, Sakpatenti and others) and international partners in science, technology and innovation development.  

In terms of international cooperation, the Foundation’s goal is to extend bilateral programs and joint projects, initiate new programs (JSPC Japan, TUBITAK Turkey, Estonian Research Council Estonia, German Research Foundation (DFG), DAAD, VW, Germany) with international scientific foundations, agencies and centers (CNR of Italy, CNRS of France, STCU, NSF, CRDF-Global US, Juelich Center); To enhance cooperation with European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (DUBNA), International Science and Technology Center (ISTC), International publishers of ELSEVIER’s scientific information electronic database, actively participate in the EU Framework Programme projects (FP7 IncoNet EaP; H2020 Black Sea Horizon, IncoNet EaP +); To act in the role of national focal point (NCP) for European Research Council (ERC); To enhance the participation of Georgian scientists in the EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme “H2020” calls and ensure their full access to the programme.