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.
COMPET-2-2017: Competitiveness in Earth observation mission technologies | European Union
(Please note this call has now closed)
Value: The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 2 to 3 million would allow this specific topic to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
European industrial competitiveness in Earth observation depends on the availability of demonstrated/validated systems and sub-systems for operational and advanced missions in the commercial and institutional domain, but also on the readiness in the emerging market for innovative missions relying on small and very small systems (constellation, formation flying and fractionated instruments).
The specific challenge, for the mid-term is to bring the Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) forward for a number of Earth observation technologies and to ensure the readiness of European solutions to propose and support new mission concepts taking advantage of nano-, micro-and mini-satellites. In recent years small satellites have become more attractive due to lower development costs and shorter lead times. There is a natural trade-off to be made between spacecraft size and functionality, but advances in both miniaturization and integration technologies have diminished the scope of that trade-off. Moreover, within the context of preparatory work for the next generation of the Copernicus space component, mission concepts will be developed by European industry based on mature Earth observation technologies and solutions.
The aim of this topic is to demonstrate, in a relevant environment, technologies, systems and sub-systems for Earth observation. Proposals should address and demonstrate significant improvements in such areas as miniaturisation, power reduction, efficiency, versatility, and/or increased functionality and should demonstrate complementarity to activities already funded by Member States and the European Space Agency. Proposals that develop technologies targeting TRL 6, or lower TRLs, are welcome. In projects to be funded under this topic participation of industry, in particular SMEs, is encouraged.
Proposals are sought with relevance in the domain of technology development for space in the fields of:
Read 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-Science colleagues to Georgia
PPP USA Programme for Project-Related Personal Exchange | DAAD
(Please note this call is currently 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.
Outward Mobility Funding
Sending RLS-Science students to colleagues outside of 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)