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Research Projects and Grant Competitions


Georgian National University SEU is announcing a scientific grant competition for the academic staff

Preparatory grants for research and/or research development:

  • Initiating scientific-research and innovative projects, and preparing the proposals; developing and formulating new ideas, drawing up innovative proposals and concept development.
  • Initiating pilot scientific-research projects, intended to successfully seek external research grants in the future.
  • Planning and development of collaborative scientific projects with industry experts from both public and private sectors, as well as the creative industries.

Grants supporting scientific research activities:

  • Scientific development activities, including short-term scientific visits to other universities or research institutes both in Georgia or abroad. In addition, engagement in joint projects with partner higher educational and research institutes, and enjoying the so-called industrial fellowships.
  • Dissemination of research results, financing/co-financing of journals and monographs as well as trainings for developing research skills, intended to increase the capabilities of the researchers.
  • Attending scientific events, holding trainings and seminars aimed at improving skills in preparing successful project applications, managing grants and reporting.
  • Preparation of intellectual property results, their prospective patenting and commercialization.
  • Dissemination of research results through active participation in both national and international scientific conferences.

Grant competition conditions:

Only a SEU affiliated professor is authorized to take up the position of a project leader.

  • The project team may include SEU affiliated, academic and invited staff, as well as SEU master’s students and external experts.
  • External experts involved in the project may be invited from abroad, or it might include the employees invited from other universities and research institutes of Georgia, as well as the ones from the private, governmental and civil sectors. It is permissible that the external experts/external staff should amount to 20% of the research grants receiving team.
  • The grant application and research should be in line with the university’s main educational directions and higher education development priorities.
  • A research project must be carried out and its results must be published under the name of the university, while a joint project is allowed to use the name of the university.
  • The content of the research should be a novelty for the Georgian educational settings and should not replicate the content of the previously done research/publications.
  • It is necessary to use relevant sources and research methods of modern scientific achievements for the research.
  • If necessary, the author of the grant application must have prior approval of the respective owners regarding the copyright and related issues of using sources, containing the very rights before submitting the application.
  • From the submission of the grant application to the completion of the research, all project participants are subject to the university’s standards of ethics and academic integrity.
  • An important requirement for participating in the competition is that the research project should include the participation/involvement of students/young researchers in the research.
  • The results of the research project obtained through the grant project should be integrated into the teaching process.

Research priorities:

  • Business, Economics, Tourism, Administration;
  • Law;
  • International Relations;
  • Psychology;
  • Journalism;
  • Medicine;
  • Information Technologies.

Preference will be given to interdisciplinary and research projects to be carried out with the co-financing from other institutions.

Budget, duration, deadlines and types of expenses:

  • Budget for the preparatory grants for research and/or research development: the maximum annual budget for each project is 20 000 GEL.
  • Budget for the grants, supporting scientific research activities: the maximum annual budget of each project is 5000 GEL.
  • Duration: the maximum duration of the project is 3 years.
  • Deadlines: the implementation of the project should start from November 1, 2022.
  • Expenses: the following types of expenses may be requested: personnel costs, including honoraria, travel and living expenses, administrative and laboratory equipment, printing, compilation, project promotion and other necessary services.

Deadlines for receiving and reviewing grant applications:

Grant applications will be accepted from August 1 to September 15, 2022.

The grant applications must be submitted, complying the protocol set up by the university, meeting the following criteria:

  • Reasoning and basis of the project: description of the current situation in the field of research, past and ongoing activities, review of additional projects as well as the similar ones implemented locally.
  • Impact of the project: impact on societal challenges and the relevant industry, target groups and their needs, promotion and dissemination of project results.
  • Project draft: description of the pursuit, anticipated activities and results, expertise of the team members, required infrastructure and its availability, project risks and risk mitigation measures.
  • Budget proposal with reasonable expenses: potential sources of funding and practicable assistance from other sources.
  • Autobiographies of the research team members (with publications).

See the application forms: Application 1, Application 2, Application 3

  • The grant application will be reviewed within 15 days following the deadline for submitting the application, with the involvement of the relevant commission, fully observing the confidentiality policy.
  • The results of the competition will be published on the SEU website after the expiration of the respective deadlines.


Grant applications only in electronic format should be sent to the following Email: [email protected]

The application must be submitted in accordance with the university’s grant application form, including the biographies (publications) of the research team members.

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