Science Development Foundation (Azerbaijan) (SDF)
SDF (Science Development Foundation under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan), is a government non-profit organisation, established in October 2009 within the National Strategy of Development of Science, has announced and held 16 domestic and 2 international grant competitions. SDF supports scientists and specialists from academic, education, ministerial, NGO structures, as well as employed and unemployed physical persons through research grants.
Types of grant competitions are: so called “Classic grant competition” covering all of branches and directions of science; Young scientists and specialists’ grant competition, up to 35 years old; “Shusha grant” competition, covering Karabakh studies; “Mobility grant” competition, 3 times a year, full support of participation at scientific conferences and short-term trainings abroad; targeted grant competitions such as ICT, Industry grant competitions, so on.
Types of projects supported by SDF are: Fundamental; Applied; Search – innovative; Mega projects (more than 500 000 Euros up to several millions) – so called “pilot projects” aimed in equipping of scientific organizations with super-modern scientific devices, equipment etc. and creating new labs, as well as preparation and training staff abroad to work with these technologies; Material-technical support (scientific devices, equipment etc.) of labs, researchers; Support of publishing of monographs, books, atlases etc.; Support of organization of scientific conferences in Azerbaijan; support of participation at scientific conferences abroad; support of participation at short-term trainings abroad. International collaboration: BS ERA-NET; UNECE; UNESCO; CNRS (France); Belarusian Republican Foundation of Basic Studies; Kyiv National Technical University, Ukraine; Korean NRF; “Science Foundation”, Kazakhstan; US “Karabakh Foundation”; Elsevier Publishing House; Springer Publishing House.