Funding Resources for Georgia Researchers
This page is designed as a resource for researchers from Georgia. Here you can find the different funding agencies pages where calls will be published. Also on this page are opportunities for mobility funding, both incoming and outgoing, funding for training young researchers, and fellowship and scholarship opportunities for PhD and graduate students from Georgia who want to study in the other RLS regions.
Multilateral Funding for International Projects
BILAT-USA 4.0 | European Union and the United States of America
According to the European Commission, Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. EU member states are automatically eligible to compete for funding.
Non-EU RLS partners can participate in Horizon 2020 either by providing a unique competence that cannot be found in the EU, or through bilateral agreements between their home countries and the European Union. Every RLS member state has these types of agreements. In the United States, this agreement is called BILAT-USA 4.0.
The new BILAT USA 4.0 project, funded by the European Union, has started on 1 February 2016. BILAT USA 4.0 continues activities started by the predecessor project BILAT USA 2.0 with the overall aim to enhance, support and further develop the research and innovation cooperation between the European Union and the United States of America.
A particular focus of the project activities will be put among others on an intensification of interactions between EU and US researchers and innovators, the support for the improvement of research and innovation framework conditions, the provision of analyses delivering a sound base for decision making and an enhanced coordination and synergies between different EU MS/AC and US policies and programmes.
The EU and the USA have highly-productive, immensely-innovative and excellence-driven research and innovation systems. Acknowledging the particular strengths of each landscape, a balanced transatlantic STI partnership of equals bears great potential and contributes to the ultimate goal of tackling societal challenges and boost economic competitiveness. International cooperation between power nodes results in a constant knowledge exchange and more efficient use of STI investment.
BILAT-USA 4.0 Website.
Read the guide for American participation in Horizon 2020.
BBI-2017-R2: Innovative technologies for the pre-treatment and separation of lignocellulosic feedstock and complex composition streams into valuable fractions while maintaining key characteristics | Horizon 2020
(Please note this call is now closed)
Value: The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 2 and 5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
Pre-treatment of biomass is a key step in implementing an economically viable biorefinery. The conventional methods of biomass pre-treatment mainly apply harsh conditions, consume much energy, require significant capital investments and generate inhibitors to the downstream biological processes. These methods can also harm many characteristics of naturally occurring polymers, often hindering their use for a large variety of applications. The ideal pre-treatment should lead to a higher ‘usability’ of the various biopolymers in the biomass feedstock (like cellulose and hemicellulose fractions in a lignocellulosic feedstock) in the subsequent steps, generate low amounts of inhibitory compounds, and limit biomass losses. This pre-treatment technology should also have a high efficiency when applied to different biomasses, require less energy and resources, have a low environmental impact and be economically viable.
The specific challenge is to develop pre-treatment technologies to separate and extract naturally occurring polymers and other useful fractions (for example extractives) of lignocellulosic and mixed biomass streams with complex composition, while keeping their structure essentially intact.
Validate pre-treatment technologies at pilot scale in an industrially relevant environment to allow for the separation of natural bio-based polymers while keeping their main characteristics intact. The types of feedstock included in the scope are lignocellulosic biomass and mixed streams with a complex composition. Proposals should aim to develop technologies that:
The industry should actively participate to prove integration potential for the developed concepts into current industrial landscapes.
Proposals should specifically demonstrate the benefits versus the state-of-the-art and existing technologies. This could be done by providing evidence of new processing solutions and new products obtained.
The Technology Readiness Level (TRL)1 at the end of the project should be 52. Proposals should clearly state the starting TRL. The proposed work should enable the technology to achieve TRL 5 within the timeframe of the project.
Find further information here.
LCE-08-2016-2017: Development of next generation biofuel technologies | European Union
(Please note this call is currently closed)
Value: The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 3 to 6 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
Specific Challenge: New sustainable biofuels technologies need to be developed that improve performance, notably with regards to the following sub-challenges:
a. improving the technology competitiveness by upgrading the conversion efficiency and possibly diversifying the technology;
b. improving the feedstock supply by reducing the supply costs and possibly diversifying the biomass feedstock.
Scope: Proposals should aim at developing the next wave of sustainable liquid biofuels by moving technologies from TRL 3-4 to TRL 4-5 (please see part G of the General Annexes). Environment, economic and social issues including health and safety should be considered and appropriately addressed. A methodology that permits robust and reliable sustainability assessment of the environmental (notably in terms of GHG performance), economic and social benefits with respect to current technologies should be included. Biofuels produced from starch, sugar and oil fractions of food/feed crops are excluded.
Proposals should address both sub-challenges described above, while the main effort in 2016 shall be in addressing sub-challenge a) and in 2017 sub-challenge b). They should also address the particular transport sectorial needs where relevant. In particular, proposals shall address one of the following:
· Paraffinic biofuels (e.g. diesel and jet fuel) from sugars through chemical and biochemical pathways or through a combination of these pathways;
· Biofuels from pyrolysis or hydrothermal liquefaction and process integration with existing biodiesel or oil refineries;
· Synthetic biofuels/hydrocarbons through biomass gasification.
· Biofuels from CO2 in industrial waste flue gases through biochemical conversion by autotrophic ( chemo and photo –autotrophic) micro-organisms;
· Biofuels from organic fraction of municipal and industrial wastes through thermochemical, biochemical or chemical pathways with improved performance and sustainability;
· Biofuels from phototrophic algae & bacteria with improved performance and sustainability.
An important element will be an increased understanding of risks (whether technological, in business processes, for particular business cases, or otherwise in each area), risk ownership, and possible risk mitigation. Proposals shall therefore include appropriate work packages on this matter. Proposals shall explicitly address performance and cost targets together with relevant key performance indicators, expected impacts, as well as provide explicit exploitation plans.
Expected Impact: The new developed technology pathways should improve the economic, environmental and social benefits of biofuels. Favourable energy and GHG balances are expected, as well as a significant cost reduction, which would permit these fuels to compete favourably with conventional biofuels. A favourable performance on secure and affordable energy supply and diversified, cheap feedstock supply are expected. In addition, positive impacts on enhancing Europe's competitiveness should be anticipated where appropriate.
Read the call here.
LCE-22- 2016: International Cooperation with Brazil on advanced lignocellulosic biofuels | European Union and Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
(Please note this call is now closed)
Value: The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 3-5 million would allow the specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts. (Cofunding from FAPESP)
Specific Challenge: The coordinated call aims at exploiting synergies between Brazil and Europe in terms of scientific expertise and resources in topics related to advanced biofuels by implementing coordinated projects. One of the following sub-challenges should be addressed by the proposals:
a. Gasification of bagasse to syngas and advanced liquid fuel production, including biofuels for aviation.
b. Applied research to biomass production logistics and applied research for feedstock diversification for advanced biofuels.
c. Development of new fermentation and separation technologies for advanced liquid biofuels and applied research to increase the energy efficiency of advanced biofuel processes.
Scope: Proposals shall aim at moving technologies from TRL 3-4 to TRL 4-5
Biofuels produced from starch, sugar and oil fractions of food/feed crops are excluded. Joint work can - where relevant - build upon the Brazilian sugarcane ethanol model, and should benefit from the Brazilian and European experience in biofuels. Proposals should address, where appropriate synergies between new and existing technologies, regional approaches and other socio-economic and environmental aspects. A life-cycle analysis shall be performed. The exploitation of results, including IPR, should be appropriately addressed in the proposal.
A balanced effort between Europe and Brazil regarding the two coordinated projects is expected. Aligned Brazilian and European projects shall have the same start date, the same duration – up to 5 years, same targets, and must demonstrate clearly how the coordination among them will bring added scientific value. To ensure a project implementation that reflects a genuine EU-Brazil cooperation, priority in evaluation will be given to proposals involving properly coordinated research activities between Europe and Brazil in the research plan of the two coordinated projects. Independent projects, which are not aligned, will be considered ineligible. Proposals will include detailed explanations about tasks and effort of the coordinated proposal as a whole and cross-references to the other part of the proposal. Proposals will be only selected on the condition that the corresponding coordinated project is also selected for funding. Demonstration of co-funding for the research from industry sector is desirable on both sides.
Expected Impact: A significant progress in the specific sub-challenges mentioned above should be obtained by benefiting from the complementarities of expertise and experience in EU and Brazil. Moreover, the cooperation between key researchers, institutions and industries that are active in biofuel research in EU and Brazil should be strengthened.
Find the call here.
Bilateral Funding for International Projects
Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) | National Science Foundation
(Please note this call is now closed, but reopens annually in Winter)
Value: Average value has been $4 million USD, over five years
Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community.
Open to all areas of science and engineering research which are supported by the NSF, including engineering and physical sciences.
PIRE projects may vary in size and exhibit diverse forms of organization, collaboration, and operation suited to their individual needs. PIRE projects must include collaboration with foreign research partners and international research experiences for students to promote a diverse internationally competitive science and engineering workforce.
There is a partnership agreement with each of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) of Germany and with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of China, as well as São Paulo's FAPESP.
Unilateral Funding for International Projects
Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) | National Science Foundation
(Please note this call is currently closed)
Value: $500 000 for US participants, timeline project dependent
GOALI promotes university-industry partnerships by making project funds or fellowships/traineeships available to support industry-university linkages. Special interest is focused on:
The program targets high-risk/high-gain research with a focus on fundamental research, new approaches to solving generic problems, development of innovative collaborative industry-university educational programs, and direct transfer of new knowledge between academia and industry. GOALI seeks to fund transformative research that lies beyond that which industry would normally fund.
Funds cannot be shared with industry partners- they may only be used by the academic institutions. Collaborators in institutions outside the US must seek funding from their respective funding organizations.
International collaborations that strengthen proposed project activities are encouraged, when there is an opportunity for coordinated funding with colleagues from foreign institutions who will add value to the project. This program will support the US-based scientists and their students. Proposals for international collaborations will be evaluated on the value that they add to the domestic research proposed. NSF requires that proposals with international collaborations include the following: description of the collaboration; discussion of US and foreign contributions to the project; costs of travel to work with foreign partners; costs for students to travel overseas for short or extended visits in foreign laboratories; foreign collaborators' biographical sketches (CVs); and documentation of their agreement to collaborate on the proposed project, as well as the means by which they will support their part of the work.
Incoming Mobility Funding
Bringing RLS-Sciences colleagues to Georgia
PPP USA Programme for Project-Related Personal Exchange | DAAD
(Please note this call is now closed, but reopens annually in Winter)
Value: Up to €15,000 per year, for a maximum of two years
Through its PPP programmes DAAD supports joint bi-national research projects of a high academic standard in order to strengthen academic relations between a German institution and an American institution and to promote cooperative research activities. The provided project funding is intended to cover mobility costs for German participants arising from the research project, and in particular to enable young academics involved in the project to conduct a research stay at the partner institution abroad, thereby supporting them in their international training.
The PPP USA targets areas within natural sciences and engineering.
The allowance covers all expenditures within the scope of mobility and the stay. Eligible for funding are short-term stays of academics (up to 30 days) and young academics (up to 50 days). On the German side, DAAD provides funding for members of the German research group for stays at the foreign partner institution if no other arrangement was made with the foreign partner institution. For the purposes of this programme, young academics are defined as junior researchers currently completing their doctorate and academics at the outset of their academic careers who completed their doctorate no more than five years ago.
An application must present a specific academic research project of high quality, on which the partners from Germany and the USA intend to work together in an ideally complementary manner. Proposals involving research into general scientific questions of interest to both research groups are not sufficient. Basic financing of the project (personal and material expenses on both sides) must be ensured. The application will only be considered if written confirmation of the cooperation from the partner institution in the USA is included.
Outgoing Mobility Funding
Sending RLS-Sciences students to colleagues outside Georgia
Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) | National Research Foundation (USA) and FWF (Austria) and CAPES (Brazil)
Open Call: Deadline 4 December, 2017
Value: $5000 USD, for four to twelve months
GROW provides NSF Graduate Research Fellows (referred to as "Fellows") with opportunities to engage in international collaborations with investigators in partner countries around the world. Through GROW, Fellows benefit from partnerships developed by NSF with counterpart funding organizations in other countries, including FWF in Austria and CAPES in Brazil.
Eligibility: GROW is open to active Fellows (both "on tenure" and "on reserve") who have completed at least one year of their graduate program at the time of application and will retain their active status for at least 12 months following the application submission deadline. They must be certified by the GRFP Institution to be making satisfactory progress towards their degrees and have fulfilled all GRFP reporting requirements.
General Program website.
Program website (Austria specific)
Program website (Brazil specific)