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Title: NAS RA AND ITS ROLE IN THE INNOVATION SYSTEM OF ARMENIA


1
NAS RA AND ITS ROLE IN THE INNOVATION SYSTEM OF
ARMENIA
  • TIGRAN ARZUMANYAN
  • International ST Programs Department
  • National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
  • UNECE Team of Specialists Seminar
  • 9 September 2013, Yerevan

2
Research Infrastructure
  • Armenian RD was core sector of economy having
    been developed into one of leading RTD centers of
    the USSR, inherited quite ramified and developed
    network of RD and educational institutions
    represented in academic, university
    branch/enterprise sectors
  • Major achievements in computer science,
    radiophysics electronics, geologyseismology,
    laser techniquesnon-linear optics, mathematics,
    mechanics, astrophysics, biotechnology,
    chemistry, solid-state physics semiconductors,
    etc.

3
Processes during 1990s-early 2000s
  • Disintegration of previous ties
  • Suspension of financial flows to RTD sector
  • Radical change in factors determining RTD
    supplydemand sides. Actually, the demand side
    fully disappeared due to collapse of the economy,
    emergence of political, economic and social
    problems in entire fSU area, ethnic conflicts in
    the region and blockade of transportation routes.
  • Catastrophic downsizing of research intensity,
    especially in industrial/branch sector

4
NAS RA
  • Founded in 1943 the National Academy of Sciences
    (NAS RA) remains to be main RD performer in the
    country.
  • Law on the NAS RA adopted on 14/04/2011
  • NAS is the highest self-governing research
    organization carrying out coordinating basic
    and applied research directed to creation of
    knowledge-based economy, contributing to social
    and cultural development of the country
  • Official scientific consultant to the highest
    governing bodies

5
NAS RA Structure
  • NAS includes around 35 research institutes
    centers and subsidiary services with around 3700
    total staff
  • Institutes incorporated in 5 scientific
    divisions
  • Mathematical Technical Sciences (3)
  • Physics Astrophysics (4)
  • Natural Sciences (11)
  • Chemistry Earth Sciences (7)
  • Armenian Studies Social Sciences (10)

6
NAS RA Structure (2)
  • Some Institutes have experimental plants, design
    bureaus
  • NAS includes also Scientific Library,
    International ScientificEducational Center,
    Publishing House
  • Decision on optimization of the NAS structure and
    creation of scientifictechnological/production
    centers through amalgamation of institutes
    involved in close research activities (i.e.
    Center of Biotechnology, Center of
    ZoologyHydroecology, Center of Organic
    Pharmaceutical Chemistry)

7
NAS RA Funding
  • Stabilization of RTD financing through the
    following funding mechanisms
  • Basic funding (separate line in the budget)
  • Thematic (project based) funding
  • Goal oriented project funding
  • Contractual works
  • International sources (grants)

8
Activities to Support Innovation
  • Creation of Science Development Foundation in
    2007 focusing on
  • Supporting research projects with innovative
    potential
  • Supporting commercialization of research outcomes
  • Supporting infrastructure modernization projects
  • Package of innovative research projects collected
    and submitted to the government
  • Plans to create technology transfer office to
    support commercialization technology transfer
    (similar structures at the institutes level )
  • Cooperation with national innovation support
    structures (TTA, etc.)

9
International Cooperation
  • Cooperation implemented through
  • International Affairs Department
  • International ST Programmes Department
  • Diaspora Department
  • Hosts EU FP7 NCP system
  • Cooperation agreements with AS of Russia,
    Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine, Hungary, China,
    Romania, etc.
  • Institutes maintain wide direct cooperation with
    foreign research centers

10
International Cooperation (2)
  • 3 Joint Labs with CNRS, Joint labs with Russia
  • Active participation in international grant
    programmes (EU Framework Programmes, ISTC, NATO
    Science Programme, etc.)
  • Recent FP7 Projects BSI, BS-ERA.Net, IncoNet
    CASC, IncoNet EaP, ENERG2I, etc.
  • Closer cooperation with Diaspora researchers
  • European Enterprise Network as tool to promote
    international technology transfer (SME DNC)

11
  • THANK YOU!
  • Tigran Arzumanyan
  • tarznip_at_sci.am
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