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[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


[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


[ANSEF]: Midterm reports submitted

August 6, 2009

The submission of the 25 ANSEF grantees’ midterm reports has been completed. The leaders of each of the scientific groups have submitted the reports electronically to the ANSEF Research Council as well as the FAR Yerevan Office.

After the approval of the submitted midterm reports, the FAR Accounting Department will distribute the second installment of ANSEF grants (2,000 USD was provided to each group). 2010 ANSEF proposals submission is still in process, with an August 31st deadline.


[CSFC]: UNICEF visits Childrens’ Center

August 5, 2009

Last month, Steven Allen, Regional Director of United Nations Children’s Fund Regional Office for CEE/CIS, Laylee Moshiri, a Representative of UNICEF-Armenia, Cristina Roccelli, a Deputy Representative of UNICEF-Armenia, Hayk Khemchyan, a Child Protection Officer for UNICEF-Armenia, and Hasmik Arakelyan, a Program Assistant Info/Com. & Child Protection visited FAR’s Children’s Center, as it is a leading organization of child protection in Armenia.

The guests took a brief tour around the Center, socialized with the children and took pictures with them.  Many of the representatives took seats on the ground in order to more closely associate with the children.  “Mrs. Mira Antonyan and her staff are having all capacities to pilot new projects in Armenia and to make better the lives of children” represented Ms. Laylee Moshiri and added “UNICEF-Armenia will further collaborate with the Children’s Centre”.  Ms. Cristina Roccelli expressed her readiness to help the Centre in establishment of networks in all regions of Armenia.

From left to right: Mr. H. Khemchyan, Mrs. M. Antonyan, Mr. Steven Allen, Ms. H. Arakelyan, Ms. Laylee Moshiri and Ms. Cristina Roccelli

Credit : FAR Staff