Strengthening the Science Development Foundation
The Science Development Foundation was established in 2009 under the auspices of the President of Azerbaijan, in close co-operation with the National Academy of Sciences.
UNESCO consultants visited the foundation in 2011 and discussed the fund management, as well as the methodology, criteria and procedures with regard to selecting project proposals, with Dr E. Babayev, Director of the Science Development Foundation. The foundation has developed its own methodology regarding project evaluation and selection. Notwithstanding this, it has tried to harmonize its own methodology with some current international standards.
It has been suggested that the Science Development Foundation’s methodology, criteria and procedures should be compatible with those of the European Union by including independent peer review, inviting researchers from neighbouring and European countries, and adopting multicriteria R&D evaluation mechanisms and instruments.