NATO’s Science for Peace and Security Grant: Enhancing Cooperation based on Scientific Research

Deadline: 15 May 2016

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is currently accepting applications for its Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme, a policy tool that enhances cooperation and dialogue with all partners, based on scientific research, innovation, and knowledge exchange.

The SPS Programme provides funding, expert advice, and support to security-relevant activities jointly developed by a NATO member and partner country.

The SPS Programme promotes civil, security-related practical cooperation, and focuses on a growing range of contemporary security challenges, including terrorism, defence against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agents, cyber defence, energy security and environmental concerns, as well as human and social aspects of security, such as the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325).

The SPS Programme supports collaboration through three established grant mechanisms: multi-year research projects, workshops, and training courses. Interested applicants should develop proposals for activities that fit within one of these formats.

Programme Budget

  1. Multi-year research and development project: NATO funds are provided to cover project-related costs such as scientific equipment, computers, software and training of project personnel as well as of young scientists, roughly half of the budget is generally allocated to equipment, about 20% to training and travel and 15% to stipends; these proportions may vary according to the needs of each project.
  1. Training courses: The SPS grant (average 60,000 EUR) pays for direct organizational costs, travel and living expenses of up to 15 lecturers and attendance of students (60 to 80) from countries eligible to receive NATO funding.
  1. Workshops: The SPS grant (average amount: 30,000 to 40,000 EUR) is intended to cover direct organizational expenses of the ARW, the travel and living expenses of key speakers, as well as the attendance of non-speakers from NATO countries and Partner countries unable to obtain support from other sources.

Eligibility Criteria

The SPS programme applications must be submitted jointly by a NATO and a partner country Co-Director.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the duly filled application form in order to apply.

For more information, please visit NATO-SPS.