Genetic Resources Institute of ANAS has been actively involved in projects of the European Commission for more than 15 years, including the Erasmus Mundus program, the Marie Curie international research exchange program and COST projects; about 20 young researchers have carried out part of their research work in various European universities and research centers, having studied new modern methods and introduced them into the country. In 2019, the Institute joined two projects of the COST program and currently continues to cooperate with various countries in the framework of these projects.
In 2020, Genetic Resources Institute joined 3 new projects. One of them is “Integration of the maximum amount of omix data to improve grapes”. Under the leadership of the University Of Verona, Italy, the project involves well-known scientific centers of most European countries, as well as scientific and educational institutions of the USA, Israel, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco and other countries. From the Azerbaijani side, employees of the departments of fruit plants, biotechnology, education and the International Laboratory of Computer Genomics of Genetic Resources Institute of ANAS participate in the project under the leadership of Corresponding Member of ANAS Zeynal Akparov. Another project that the Institute has joined is the International Nuclear Consortium.The project is led by the Spanish National Center for Genomic Analysis. Along with research centers from all European countries, researchers from research centers from the USA, Russia, Japan and Egypt also joined the project. Azerbaijan is represented in this project by employees of the departments of biotechnology, education, the laboratory of human genetics and the International Laboratory of Computer Genomics of Genetic Resources Institute of ANAS.
The Institute has also joined the Project of Genetic Network on Skeletal Muscle Traits, which is part of the European Commission's COST program to expand human genome research to study hereditary and congenital diseases at the molecular level. The project involves the leadership of the Erasmus University in the Netherlands, research centers in most European countries, as well as research centers in the USA, Australia and Canada. From the nearest neighboring countries, only Azerbaijan has joined the project. The project involved Mehraj Abbasov, Ph.D. in biological sciences, from the department of biotechnology, Ph.D. in biological sciences, Orkhan Mustafayev, from the department of the International Laboratory of Computer Genomics, and Bayram Bayramov from the Laboratory of Human Genetics. Along with the mentioned projects, Genetic Resources Institute of ANAS also participated in the preparation of the COST project and received a proposal to join two additional projects. Negotiations are underway.
Within the framework of the COST projects (5 projects), which the Institute for Genetic Resources has joined, a large number of young researchers from the Institute are planning to make short and medium-term visits to well-known centers in Europe in 2021-2025.