NATO: Science for Peace and Security (SPS), NATO-Russia cooperation

The Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Committee is the primary NATO committee supporting practical cooperation in civil science and innovation. This organization oversees a programme which contributes to NATO's mission by linking science to society. A special programme of support for cooperation between scientists and experts from Russia and NATO countries has also been established within the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme.

The NATO-Russia Council (NRC) SPS Committee (see NATO website, section "Framework of the Programme") has drawn up an Action Plan which provides for collaboration in the following seven security-related priority areas:

  • Explosives Detection
  • Psychological and Sociological Consequences of Terrorism
  • Forecast and Prevention of Catastrophes
  • CBRN Protection
  • Cyber Security
  • Transport Security, including Border Security
  • Defence-Related Environmental Issues
  • Environmental Security and Eco-terrorism

Grant Applications for activities in these topics in collaboration between Russian scientists and scientists from NATO countries may be submitted to NATO for support. The support mechanisms are Science for Peace projects (SFPs), Collaborative Linkage Grants (CLGs), Advanced Study Institutes (ASIs) and Advanced Research Workshops (ARWs). The ASIs and ARWs normally take place in Russia. The application forms are available from the NATO website.

Russian scientists may also participate in the core collaboration programme described under "Activities funded by NATO", in the framework of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council.

The NATO-Russia cooperation also promotes, encourages and co-ordinates joint co-operative nationally funded projects, involving experts from NATO countries and Russia.

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