Armenian Admitted to ISTC

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenia has been admitted to the International Scientific-Technical Center.

According to Minister of Education and Sciences Artashes Petrossian–ISTC–set up to promote the development of conversion sciences in the former Soviet republics–has provided $ 1.2 million to Armenian scientists this year.

The ISTC was founded by the United States–the European Union–Russia and Japan in 1992–and was later joined by Norway. In addition to founding members–the ISTC Council also holds a space for a CIS country. Armenia will serve that chair for a two year term. According to Petrossian–this testifies to the high prestige of Armenia’s sciences.

This year Armenian scientists submitted 45 projects to be reviewed by the ISTC–out of which 6 were approved. $1.2 million will be provided for the implementation of the proposed projects. Petrossian emphasized that according to the amount of bids–the number of approved programs and allocated funds–Armenia ran’s third among the CIS countries. He mentioned that the ISTC will not allocate funds to Azerbaijan this year–while Georgia will receive $45,000 to develop only one project.

Over the past two years–the ISTC has issued $1.6 million in gran’s to physicists–radiophysicists and laser engineers. Pharmacology is among the subjects approved this year.

According to Petrossian–the ISTC met in Moscow last week where it was decided that the organization will open its office in Yerevan. Also–a conference on the development of conversion sciences is expected to be held in Yerevan this fall.

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