Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia

Research Funding Organisation

The organisation

The Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia (SRNSFG) is a Legal Entity of Public Law under the aegis of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, which supports the development of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system in Georgia. Activities of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia are directed to ensure rational spending of the state resources allocated to research funding in Georgia.

The Foundation aims to create a unified system of science funding and build society’s trust towards the system. SRNSFG maintains the monitoring of the state research grant beneficiaries (grant holders) and submits report to the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia.

Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia considers gender equality issue as one of the key societal challenges in the modern world. Within the Caliper project, SRNSFG sees the opportunity to provide gender equality inside the organization and the opportunity to implement structural changes in order to increase the number of female researchers in STEM, improve their careers prospects and integrate a gender dimension in research and innovation.

The GEP library of SRNSFG

Internal Assessment

A comprehensive analysis of gender equality related conditions inside the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia

External Assessment

An analysis of external framework conditions and innovation ecosystems from a gender perspective of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia

Gender Equality Plan

A set of actions for the impact assessment of procedures to identify gender bias; implement strategies to correct them; set targets & monitor progress via indicators

The principles of Gender Equality

A roadmap of the principles of gender equality, its basic definitions, and its importance in the workplace (available in Georgian)

The Research & Innovation Hub of SRNSFG

What is the R&I Hub?

SRNSFG has identified external key players of the regional and national innovation ecosystem, including academia and universities, industry players, ministries/government bodies and public sector and civil society organisations to engage them in the GEP process.

Engaging interested and key external stakeholders in the GEP processes can bring gender balance and gender sensitiveness in transfer to market of scientific research results, it motivates young girls to embrace STEM studies, and it promotes gender sensitive co-design of research and tech products.

SRNSFG works with the external players of the Hub, to implement the collaborative GEP actions.  These actions facilitate institutional change internally, but also initiate a conversation among the regional and national stakeholders, to adopt and implement gender policies in their organisations.

The R&I Hub members

The R&I Hub of SRNSFG consists of 39 organisations. Thirty of them belong to the academic community, one is an industry player, three are civil society organisations, while five are representatives from the government and the public sector.

GEP Working Group

SRNSFG Working Group aims to design, develop and implement appropriate Gender Equality Plan (GEP) which will help to provide gender balanced environment in Georgian scientific system.

Rusudan Jobava Head of Office of International Relations and Fundraising of SRNSFG
Tamar Chkhaidze, Invited Specialist for Project Implementation
Mariam Mania, Invited Specialist for Project Implementation
Giorgi Tsotsoria, Specialist of Office of International Relations and Fundraising of SRNSFG
Lana Davituliani Chief Specialist of Science Department of SRNSFG
Ekaterine Chikhladze, Invited Specialist for Project Implementation
Levan Tlashadze Specialist of Office of International Relations and Fundraising of SRNSFG
Mariam Iashvili, Deputy Head of Department of Law and Administration at SRNSFG
Ketevan Gorgadze, Specialist at Office of Science Communication at SRNSFG

Organisation team

Jaba Samushia, Director General of SRNSFG
Nino Gachechiladze, Invited Specialist for Project Implementation
Irina Khomeriki Head of the Branch Office of International Science and Technology Center
Malkhaz Khoperia 
Head of Department of Finance and Economics
Malkhaz Khoperia Head of Department of Finance and Economics

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