Discovering the Future
2022
ADVANCE
Unprecedented platform to bring the top-notch expertise in the targeted STEM-related fields in Armenia
PARTNERS
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).

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. 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.


About the Principal Investigators

The international PIs are scientists with solid expertise in a related field, extensive experience in leading groups of researchers, and strong ties to the global scientific network. The PIs submit the project proposal, introducing their vision for the project’s development and the scientific field’s development in Armenia overall. They also define the needs of the proposed project and requirements for the researchers, participate in the selection of the researchers, and 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.

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.

4
PIs engaged
9
local researchers funded
2
intensive courses organized
Participants
Dr. Garabed Antranikian
Principal Investigator (PI), Biotechnology Project
Dr. Hovik Panosyan
Expert, Biotechnology Project
Dr. Anna Poladyan
Senior Researcher, 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
Ms. 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
Research projects