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General Information
Apply to become an international Principal Investigator

 FAST invites top-notch scientists in STEM-related fields to build long-term research projects in Armenia. FAST and its partners ensure comprehensive funding, including travel expenses for international PIs, competitive salaries for local and relocated researchers, capacity building opportunities and other type of financial and institutional support.

To qualify for an international Principal Investigator the candidate should

  • Be an assistant, associate or full professor at a high-ranking university outside of Armenia who supervises an individual research program;

  • Have profound knowledge in the related academic field;

  • Have extensive experience in leading groups of researchers and unique teaching philosophy;

  • Have strong ties with the global scientific network;

  • Have active publication record in the recent years;

  • Be capable and motivated to design long-term innovative research project and lead Armenian-based research group;

  • Define the needs of the proposed project and requirements for the researchers;

  • Ensure the quality of the research output produced in the scope of the project.

Qualified specialists are invited to submit an online application to be considered for the role of an international PI.

The application deadline is March 15, 2023.

PIs engaged
local researchers funded
courses/workshops organized
About the program

The ADVANCE Research Grants set ground for development of scientific directions in STEM-related fields in Armenia. This pioneering platform invites distinguished scientists from all around the world to lead new teams comprised of ambitious Armenian researchers. The experience and network these emerging Armenian researchers gain in the program boosts their professional growth, enables effective global collaboration, and significantly increases research output in target fields. The comprehensive financial and logistical support provided by FAST and its partners works toward putting Armenia on the map of cutting-edge scientific research worldwide.

We provide 2 to 4-year grants to the research groups formed in Armenia around a project proposed and led by a distinguished scientist from abroad called an international Principal Investigator (PI).

Aiming to foster inter-institutional and interdisciplinary connections, we put together diverse and multi-faceted research groups, where there is a lot to learn from each other. We encourage qualified and motivated researchers from any institution in Armenia and beyond to apply. Please note that researchers holding administrative positions in the government and/or top management or leadership positions at academic institutions are welcome to apply but are not eligible for monetary compensation. Eligibility for travel of such team members can be considered if justified by the project needs. You can find out more about our projects and open calls in the “Research Projects” section.

The research is conducted primarily in Armenia. The PIs both visit Armenia and supervise the group’s work remotely. The PIs also teach at local universities, helping to nurture aspiring researchers in relevant fields of study.

Granting scheme

The grant includes the following budget lines:

  • PI’s travel expenses and coverage of expenses during their visit to Armenia,
  • Salaries for the local researchers, International travel costs for the local researchers’ participation in the conferences, collaborative research activities abroad, or other capacity-building events,
  • Laboratory materials, consumables,
  • Publications in journals and, if applicable, patenting costs.
Evaluation Procedure

Every application goes through an eligibility check by the FAST team, and then is evaluated by an independent Committee composed of a committee lead, and peer reviewers specializing in a corresponding subject area. The Committee receives the application package from FAST, thoroughly gets familiarized with it, then conducts peer interview with the candidate and registers the scores in the evaluation form in accordance with the assessment rubric.


Grant Amount

$65,000 - 125,000 per project per year

  • Remuneration for the local researchers and students - 500 to 1200 USD monthly
  • International travel, Capacity building activities - 15,000 USD
  • Laboratory supporting materials - up to 25,000 USD
  • International Principal Investigator’s travel expenses and honorarium - honorarium of 3,000 USD per visit (twice a year)

Dr. Sos Agaian
Principal Investigator (PI) Computer Vision
Dr. Anna Hovakimyan
Senior Researcher Computer Vision
Mr. Hayk Gasparyan
Senior Researcher Computer Vision
Mr. Hrach Ayunts
Senior Researcher Computer Vision
Mr. Sargis Hovhannisyan
Senior Researcher Computer Vision
Ms. Hasmik Mkhoyan
Junior Researcher Computer Vision
Ms. Anush Khachatryan
Junior Researcher Computer Vision
Mr. Ejmin Vartoumian
Junior Researcher Computer Vision
Dr. Garabed Antranikian
Principal Investigator (PI), Biotechnology Project
Dr. Anna Poladyan
Senior Researcher Biotechnology Project
Dr. Hovik Panosyan
Expert Biotechnology Project
Dr. Sargis Aghayan
Senior Researcher Biotechnology Project
Dr. Karen Trchunyan
Senior Researcher Biotechnology Project
Dr. Ani Paloyan
Senior Researcher Biotechnology Project
Ms. Ella Minasyan
Junior Researcher Biotechnology Project
Ms. Diana Ghevondyan
Junior Researcher Biotechnology Project
Dr. Arnak Dalalyan
Principal Investigator (PI) Machine Learning Project
Dr. Arshak Minasyan
Senior Researcher Machine Learning Project
Dr. Sona Hunanyan
Senior Researcher Machine Learning Project
Mr. Tigran Galstyan
Junior Researcher Machine Learning Project
Research projects