Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation
Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation (SRNSF) was established in July 28, 2010 by the Resolution of the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, as the legal successor of Georgia National Science Foundation (GNSF) and Foundation for Georgian Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences (Rustaveli Foundation).
- Posted on: Jan 10, 2017
Post Date: Jan 10, 2017
Overall objective of SRNSF is to promote the progress in research and technological development (R&D) of Georgia by implementing the competitive granting schemes based on transparent procedures and impartiality in project selection process.
To support sustainable development of the country S&T sector the Foundation implements diverse funding schemes and approaches which encompass: (i) competitive grants for long-term research projects provided through annual calls for proposals, (ii) personal grants (scholarships) for young scientists, (iii) travel grants to enlarge mobility of Georgian researchers and S&T policy makers, etc.
Governing Bodies of the Foundation are represented by the Director General and the Scientific Board. SRNSF is headed by a Director General who is appointed by the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia. The Scientific Board oversees the activities of the Foundation, establishes the overall policies, oversees grant decisions and their implementation and controls all financial aspects of the research funding activities of the Foundation.
As a policy developer and international STI cooperation specialist, SRNSF brings in the project already established links with relevant regional policy dialogue fora and national authorities in the target geographic region, mainly in Georgia asd well as links with the NCP network. In addition to this, SRNSF disposes valuable expertise in high-standard analytical work, and in drafting and promoting the adoption of policy documents.
In detail, SRNSF, based on its capacity, is going to contribute in the following tasks:
1) In WP1, in maximizing the impact of the Association to H2020
2) In WP2, in the organization of H2020 Info Days and of a local NCPs training, incooperation with Scientific Diaspora and in enhancing contacts: grants for networking
3) In WP3, in promoting the ETPs concept in EaP
4) In WP5, in the content management and communities of practice