$115,000 Grant Program to Support International Collaboration for Young Georgian Scholars

Feb 18, 2009
Arlington, VA — 2/17/09 — CRDF, Georgia National Science Foundation (GNSF) and the Georgian Research and Development Foundation (GRDF) have awarded ten grants of $11,500 to support the early career development of talented young Georgian scholars. The grants allow each recipient to visit an American research laboratory for several months; and provide financial support for continuing research upon their return to Georgia.

Grant funds are provided through the Georgian National Science Scholars Program (GNSS II), in its second year of operation. In addition to providing unique and lasting opportunities for Georgian scientists, each of the participating organizations hopes to strengthen U.S.–Georgian scientific and technical collaborations.

The competition received 18 eligible proposals, each of which underwent the review of international experts from the United States and Georgia. Funding for the program comes from CRDF and GNSF: CRDF contributed $76,000 and GNSF $40,000. CRDF funds were made available for this program via funding from the U.S. Department of State.

A complete awardee list can be seen at and

About CRDF
CRDF is a nonprofit organization authorized by the U.S. Congress and established in 1995 by the National Science Foundation. This unique public-private partnership promotes international scientific and technical collaboration, through grants, technical resources, and training.

About GNSF
Georgia National Science Foundation is a Public Legal Entity established by Presidential Decree # 653 on July 17, 2005 to promote the progress of science by funding scientific projects through state grants. The mission of the Foundation is to allocate grants from the State Budget on the basis of open, transparent and free competitions.

About GRDF
The Georgian Research and Development Foundation is a non-profit (non-commercial), non-governmental, humanitarian organization and performs its activity on the basis of the Georgian Constitution, the Georgian Civil Code, other legal acts, the GRDF Charter, and international legislation. The missions of Foundation are to promote the development of the scientific and technological potential of Georgia through competitive grants, technical resources and training, and contribute to building knowledge-based economy.