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General Information
About the program

The ADVANCE STEM Research grant program sets 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). Priority is given to research projects both in the field of AI/ML and in other STEM-related disciplines with the use of AI.

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.

PIs engaged
local researchers funded
intensive courses organized
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
Mr. Henrik Sergoyan
MSc. Student Machine Learning Project
Mr. Khachatur Khechoyan
MSc. Student Machine Learning Project
Dr. Naira Hovakimyan
International Principal Investigator (PI) Computational Agriculture Project
Dr. Vardan Urutyan
Local Principal Investigator (PI) Computational Agriculture
Dr. Emil Gevorgyan
Team Lead Computational Agriculture
Mr. Christoph Elias Aoun
Senior Researcher Computational Agriculture Project
Mr. Andranik Ugujyan
Junior Researcher Computational Agriculture Project
Ms. Seda Janazyan
Master's Student Computational Agriculture Project
Ms. Anna Avetisyan
Master's Student Computational Agriculture Project
Research projects
Research Project in Neuroscience

Launched in collaboration with Apkarian Foundation (AF) and Yerevan State Medical University (YSMU) with its newly established "COBRAIN" Scientific-Educational Center for Fundamental Brain Research, the project aims to enhance and accelerate neuroscience research in Armenia by training the next generation of internationally recognized, highly impactful biomedical researchers.

The project starts with the creation of two fully-funded PhD positions in Neuroscience at YSMU. Those two students admitted to the PhD program will be awarded a monthly stipend and enroll in the ADVANCE grant program, benefitting from all of its opportunities.

The project will be led by the international Principal Investigator - Prof. Apkar Vania Apkarian and a local Principal Investigator -Prof. Konstantin Yenkoyan.

Prof. Sarkis Mazmanian will be an adviser in the project.

Eligibility Criteria and Selection

To be eligible for the PhD program, the applicant is expected to:

  • Have a Master’s degree in Medicine/Biology/Biochemistry/Chemistry/Physiology or have a qualification of MD

  • Plan to pursue a career in biomedical research as a neuroscientist

  • Have very good command of English

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of merit by the executive committee which is comprised of Armenian and international scientists. Finalists will be invited for an interview with the executive committee. Two will be selected to begin their PhD studies at YSMU as junior researchers in the Neuroscience Project of the ADVANCE grant.

What the program offers
  • An opportunity to conduct cutting-edge scientific research using state of the art technology and tools provided by the YSMU “Brain Research Excellency Center”

  • Direct research supervision and career advancement by Armenia-based and international scientists

  • Fully-funded research supplies and materials, unique training and networking opportunities, stipends to present and attend local and international research conferences

  • Travel and accommodations to the international PI’s lab abroad

  • Competitive monthly stipend

  • Additional incentives for excellence, such as publications in high impact factor journals

How to apply

To apply, interested candidates should submit an ONLINE APPLICATION by July 1, 2022 attaching to it the supporting documents listed below. Please note, that by the mentioned deadline, hard copies of supporting documents must be presented to the YSMU Science Division: Scientific Personnel Training Department.

  • English language proficiency certificate (TOEFL IBT - 70, IELTS - 6.5). *The certificate can be presented upon the admission to the program.

  • Higher education diploma and its annexes

  • List of publications

  • Curriculum vitae or resume

  • Statement of Motivation

  • Research proposal in the field of Autism or Alzheimer’s disease

  • 2 letters of recommendation

In case of questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at:

  • YSMU:, 010 30 10 14
  • FAST:, 060 740 044