In November 2020, FAST designed the SciNova Program to create courses on "Research Design” and “Science Commercialization'' that introduce Masters and PhD students in Armenia to the basics of conducting quality research and making scientific inventions commercially viable.
From FAST’s previous and ongoing programs, including Fellowship, ADVANCE STEM Research grant program, and entrepreneurial initiatives, some valuable lessons have been learned that highlighted the number of significant challenges for ecosystem players that could be overcome through the courses for skilling the youth to implement scientific research and turn the research output into a new product.
From the perspective of the advancement of the science ecosystem, the development of these courses became crucial:
to ensure that students in Armenia are equipped with basic knowledge of how research is conducted,
to nurture competencies among the students to translate research outcomes into innovation outputs,
to recast the image of science among Armenian youth from something abstract and academic to something of practical relevance and tangible benefits.
This program has been designed within the Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Programme framework funded by the British Council.