January 25 marked the 16th year of the Armenian National Science and Education Fund (ANSEF) grants. This year, 30 groups of researchers were given awards during the ceremony that took place at Yerevan State University’s Hall of Scientific Council.

FAR’s Science and Education Programs Manager Edik Karapetyan opened by underlining the importance of ANSEF in the development of Armenia’s science field. “We always have very good applications and our jury finds it difficult to choose the best ones. This is proof that Armenia doesn’t lack scientific minds. We just need more and more funding to support them,” he said. “We are happy to see that more and more young scientists are enthusiastically doing research. Sixteen out of 30 group heads are young researchers under the age of 35, and 17 of them are women.”

Young scientists talked about the significance of grants like ANSEF, as being either key to the start of their scientific careers or the stimulus they need to continue their research. Some of the scientists even had thank you speeches prepared.

This year ANSEF’s council received 211 applications. Winners receive an ANSEF grant of $5,000 each. ANSEF supports fundamental science and research that has an innovative approach and potential impact for the Armenian economy. Grantees’ research focuses on areas like biology, microbiology, biotechnology, biochemistry, zoology, phytology, physics, astrophysics, chemistry, chemical engineering, literature, history, linguistics, and economics.