Posts Tagged ‘development projects’


[ANSEF]: Full list of 2010 Armen Avanessians ANSEF Awards released.

March 4, 2010

The ANSEF Review Board – with the help of 36 referees – has finished a three month long review of a total of 192 submitted proposals. The Board has identified the 27 proposals with the highest scores as the recipients of the ANSEF 2010 awards.

Click here to read the full list of awardees.


[ANSEF]: 2010 ANSEF Grant Presentations and Press Conference held at FAR Yerevan Office

February 3, 2010

FAR’s ANSEF grants are in high demand in the Armenian scientific community.  Last year, 192 scientific proposals were submitted to the ANSEF Grant Research Council for review.  After reviewing the submission pool, the ANSEF council, under the leadership of Dr. Yervant Terzian, selected 27 research groups to be awarded grants of 5,000 USD each in 2010.

A Young Scientist Accepts his Grant

Credit: FAR Staff

It should be noted that this year, there was a remarkable number of young scientists among the recipients of the ANSEF grants. Physical Research Institute Scientist Artur Ishkhanian mentioned that “ANSEF has made a great contribution to the sciences in Armenia.  FAR’s ANSEF Program plays a decisive role by introducing new standards and new approaches to scientific research in Armenia.” FAR would like to express it deepest gratitude to Dr. Yervant Terzian and the ANSEF Grant Research Council, and also to Mr. Armen A. Avanessians, ANSEF’s generous benefactor, for their patriotic initiative and continuous efforts.

FAR 2010 ANSEF Grant Recipients

Credit: FAR Staff


[Beneficiary Potraits]: ANSEF 2009 Beneficiary, Armen Trchounian

January 26, 2010

Armen Trchounian pursues laboratory work at the Biophysics Laboratory of Yerevan State University under the ANSEF grant program. Dr. Trchounian’s project deals with regulating issues of bacterial growth, survival, and activity – namely for use in biotechnology, medicines, and alternative energy. This 2009 project, entitled “Electromagnetic radiation of extremely high frequency effects on bacterial sensitivity to antibiotics” is jointly implemented with lab research partner, Hasmik Tadevosyan.

Research Partners Armen Trchounian and Hasmik Tadevosyan

Credit: FAR Staff

Dr. Trchounian is already quite well-known in Armenian scientific circles. Since 2002 he has been Head of the High Quality Attestation Committee, which awards scientific degrees to Armenian scientists. His achievements include such accolades as Doctor of Science degree (1990), Professor of Science degree (2002), and RA President’s Prize for Biological Science (2003). He has also authored numerous articles published in international magazines and recently participated in the Bioelectromagnetics Congress in Switzerland.

Dr. Trchounian greatly appreciates the role of international grant programs promoting the sustainability of Armenian scientific traditions, and is thankful to ANSEF for his grant. He expressed that “the most important aspect is not so much the amount of the grant but rather the attention focused on the science of Armenia, the international expertise, and the responsibility it takes in achieving results.”

At Work in the Lab

Credit: FAR Staff


[Jerair Nishanian Scholarship Program]: Jerair Nishanian Provides Christmas Gifts to Scholarship Recipients

December 21, 2009

For the last few years, the Jerair Nishanian Foundation has provided a few lucky students with the gift of an education.  Each year, through FAR, the foundation sponsors approximately fifty students who are working towards their degrees at Gavar State University.  Recently, FAR’s Edward Karapetyan and Levon Lachikyan visited Gavar to meet with some of the program’s beneficiaries.

Main Building of the Gavar State University

Credit: FAR Staff

The scholarship recipients, all of whom maintain stellar academic records, gave the FAR staff thank-you notes addressed to the benefactor, in an effort to show their gratitude to Mr. Nishanian.  As a Christmas gift, Mr. Nishanian mandated that his foundation provide each current scholarship recipient 10,000 Armenian Dram as Christmas present. FAR is very proud to have Mr. Nishanian as a benefactor, and we thank him for his continued support.

Jerair Nishanian Scholarship Beneficiaries

Credit: FAR Staff


[ANSEF]: 2009 Beneficiary Astghik Shahkhatuni

December 8, 2009

Astghik Shahkhatuni, molecular physicist, was very happy to win her first ANSEF grant in 2006. “I had won scholarships within the framework of other scientific groups, but this prize was completely different” confessed Astghik. “This time I applied as a leader of a scientific research group. This encouraged me greatly and strengthened my belief in my abilities.” This year, winning again, she is able to continue her work.

ANSEF Beneficiary Astghik Shahkhatuni

Credit: FAR Satff

The theme of her grant project, she described, is as follows: “The current scientific environment allows the study of new properties of molecules. Now, researchers also study the intramolecular properties and characteristics such as charge distribution, molecular dynamics and electrostatics. We study the influence of various external and internal electric fields on NMR parameters of model molecules. We hope to establish a technique for the experimental evaluation of electric fields and electrostatic interactions in molecules.”

“I love my work” expressed the young scientist, “Most of the day I spend in the laboratory.” This shows unbelievable dedication on her part, as her monthly salary is $170, not even enough to survive on. In such difficult situations, the international grant programs lend a helping hand. The awarded grant is enough not only to continue scientific activities but also to travel for scientific assignment, participate in international symposiums, and meet with foreign colleagues. According to Ms. Shahkhatuni, this kind of communication expands the world vision of a scientist and helps her, especially, to consider new perspectives.

Astghik at Work in the Lab

Credit: FAR Staff


[ANSEF]: ANSEF Grant Winners Meet with FAR Yerevan Staff

November 24, 2009

The 2009 Armenian National Science & Education Fund (ANSEF) grants have been awarded, and project follow-up has begun.  Earlier this month, members of the FAR Yerevan staff paid visits to many of Armenia’s finest scientific institutions including Yerevan State University, the Scientific Center of Biology and Hydro-ecology, the Scientific Technological Center of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and the Institute of Applied Problems of Physics, in order to check in with the scientist teams who received FAR’s ANSEF grants.

Mr. Ishkhanyan, ANSEF Grantee Scientist

Credit: FAR Staff

The FAR representatives met with 14 different scientific research groups, during which time the progress of each team project was discussed.  Through ANSEF, FAR provides scientists with funding, enabling them to pursue their scientific research in Armenia as opposed to leaving the nation in search of funding.  The goal of this project is to motivate Armenia’s greatest scientific talents to stay in Armenia, preventing the problem known unofficially as the “brain drain.”

Presentation at the Physics Research Laboratory

Credit: FAR Staff


[FAR New York]: ACYOA and FAR Partner for 2010 Armenia Service Program

October 30, 2009

On Tuesday, October 27, members of the Fund for Armenian Relief staff met with Diocesan Vicar Very Rev. Fr. Haigazoun Najarian and ACYOA Executive Secretary Nancy Basmajian to formalize plans for the 2010 ACYOA Armenia Service Program (ASP), which will now focus volunteering efforts on FAR projects in Gyumri.

Since 1995, the ASP, which is organized by the ACYOA Central Council, has included a service component, allowing participants to volunteer at children’s summer camps in Yeghegnadzor and Vanadzor, Armenia. Recently, the ACYOA Central Council decided to offer assistance to FAR programs in Gyumri.

“We wanted to go in a different direction with our service next summer and, at the Primate’s suggestion, we turned to FAR,” said Nancy Basmajian. “They are doing extraordinary work in Armenia. We’re very pleased with the partnership and the possibilities.”

After spending a few days in Yerevan, the ASP group will travel to Gyumri, where they will work at FAR’s Ounjian School, which is undergoing renovations, and the FAR Soup Kitchen, which serves the city’s senior citizens. After a week in Gyumri, the group will travel to Vanadzor and Sevan before returning to Yerevan for the last leg of their journey.

The ASP is scheduled for June 29 to July 20, 2010. Additional details will be available next month. For information, contact Nancy Basmajian at

Arto Vorperian, FAR Projects Director;
Nancy Basmajian,  ACYOA Executive Secretary;
Very Rev. Fr. Haigazoun Najarian,  Diocesan Vicar;
Bagrat Sargsyan,  FAR’s Country Director;
Karen Sargsyan, FAR/USAID Project Chief of Party;
and Daniele Faye Sourian Sahr, FAR Project Coordinator


Credit: FAR Staff


[FAR New York]: FAR Board Member Michael Haratounian Visits Armenia

October 28, 2009

This September, FAR’s Armenia office was proud to welcome FAR Board member Michael Haratounian, who visited Armenia with his wife Mrs. Mary Haratounian.

Michael and Mary Haratounian
With Gulamerian Students

With Gulamerian students

Credit: FAR Staff

During their visit, the Haratounians were entertained at the Armenian Ministry of Social and Labor Issues as well as the Ministry of Education and Science.  On behalf FAR, the Haratounians accepted the honors awarded to the national benefactor Harold Gulamerian. Later in their visit, Mr. and Mrs. Haratounian visited the Nubarashen Special School to admire the playroom and hallway, as well as the electricity and hot water supply systems, all renovated thanks to the Haratounian’s financial contributions to FAR.

Michael and Mary Haratounian
with Armen Ashotian, RA Minister of Education

Mr. & Mrs. Haratounians with Minister of Education Armen Ashotian

Credit: FAR Staff

The Haratounians were extremely impressed during their visit to GTech in Gyumri, and they admired the modern condition of the educational center.   Last but not least, the couple had an unforgettable visit with the Gulamerian Scholarship Program beneficiaries at Vanadzor Orphanage. A special concert had been organized for the guests, and the children presented them with a handicraft picture created from of silk thread.

Michael and Mary Haratounian at GTech

Mr. & Mrs. Haratounians at GITC

Credit: FAR Staff


[FAR New York]: In Memoriam: Kevork S. Hovnanian (1923-2009)

October 2, 2009

Kevork Hovnanian and the Mayor of Stepanavan
laying the foundation stone for
a new construction in the earthquake rattled area,
donated and managed by Hovnanian Enterprises.


Credit: FAR Staff


[FAR New York]: In Memoriam: Kevork S. Hovnanian (1923-2009)

October 1, 2009

Kevork Hovnanian arriving in Stepanavan shortly after the 1988 earthquake
to start construction of a whole village for the victims of the quake.
Here with Archbishop Manoogian, the Mayor of Stepanavan,
and the Minister of Construction of Armenia.


Credit: FAR Staff