Tbilisi © Ggia
Tbilisi © Ggia

Georgians thrive under Horizon 2020

After successfully joining Horizon 2020, Georgian scientists are now set to receive more funding under the EU’s framework programme for research and innovation.

Georgia’s capital Tbilisi is set to host the international conference, dedicated to Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), which supports researchers at all stages of their careers, irrespective of nationality, to encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility.

The programme responds to some of the challenges faced by researchers, offering them attractive working conditions and the opportunity to move between academic and other settings.

Last year Georgia signed an association agreement with Horizon 2020 among its EU member states, which covers the years 2016-2020 and will open up new opportunities for the country’s universities, research institutions and enterprises.

Opening the conference Georgia’s minister of education and science, Alexander Jejelava, announced that Georgian scientists have worked so well in the past year that the annual €3m membership fee that Georgia paid has been returned to Georgia in scientific grants and will assist further promotion of science.

Mariam Jashi, chairperson of the Parliamentary Education, Science and Culture Committee, believes Horizon 2020 will be one the most important platforms in Georgia for strengthening science in the country.