Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia

Georgia – Research Funding 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. Through the CALIPER project, SRNSFG delivered a Gender Equality Plan (GEP) to introduce gender equality inside the organisation and foster 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 in the national ecosystem.

GEP website 🔗

Visit the dedicated page inside the Organisation’s web portal presenting GEP activities for internal structural changes towards Gender Equality and collaborations with key external stakeholders.

GEP Library of SRNSFG

Based on the 5-Phases CALIPER work plan, SRNSFG implements 2 rounds of Gender Equality Plan design, development and evaluation lasting 12 months each.

Substantial results stemming from this process ensure the smooth running of the planned interventions, the engagement and commitment of key stakeholders and the envisioned sustainability of GEPs.

Internal Assessment

A comprehensive analysis of gender equality related conditions within 9 specific areas inside the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia.

External Assessment

Analysis of external framework conditions & innovation ecosystems from a gender perspective of the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia.

Gender Equality Plan

A set of actions to assess the impact of procedures to identify gender bias; implement strategies to correct any bias; 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).

Women in Sceince Annual Prize

An annual competition issued by SRNSFG to identify and encourage exceptionally successful female scientists working in STEM fields

Women in Science Website Section

A dedicated page in the organisation's portal where successful Georgian women are featured to promote their role in science

Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy

A policy document aiming to prevent and address any sexual harassment incidents within SRNSFG

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 Activities of SRNSFG

GEP Working Group

Τhe SRNSFG Working Group (WG)  supports the design of the GEP, its implementation, monitoring and further update whenever necessary, through collaboration with the SRNSFG CALIPER project team.

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