International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC), Moscow

The efforts of the International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC) in Moscow focus on the former military-industrial sector. It provides Russian scientists and engineers from this field with opportunities for employment and international cooperation in the civilian sector.

The International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC) was established in Moscow by international agreement in November 1992 as a nonproliferation program. ISTC coordinates the efforts of numerous governments, international organizations, and private sector industries, providing former weapons scientists (FWS) from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) with new opportunities for sustainable, peaceful employment.

The Parties to ISTC are Canada, the United States, the European Union, Japan, Norway and South Korea (funding Parties), as well as Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan (recipient Parties).

ISTC activities fall in two broad categories: research projects, which employ FWS in the development of new science and technology (S&T), and Supplemental Programs, which include workshops and other events to integrate FWS in the global S&T and industrial communities; training; and commercialization support initiatives. In all, over 58,000 weapons scientists and their team members in 765 research institutes spread across Russia/CIS have been involved in ISTC projects and activities.

The main objectives of ICTC are to:

  • provide weapons experts in the CIS with the opportunity to redirect their talents to peaceful activities;
  • contribute to the solution of national and international science and technology problems;
  • reinforce the transition to market economies;
  • support basic and applied research and
  • promote integration of CIS scientists into global scientific community.

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