Science and Technology Policy: A priority area of the NATO Science Programme

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Science and Technology Policy: A priority area of the NATO Science Programme

The "NATO Science Progamme" offers support for information exchange and scientific cooperation between researchers from NATO countries and from East and Central European cooperation partner countries in the field of science and technology policy research.

An Overview

In addition to its well known political and military dimensions, NATO has a "Third Dimension" which seeks to encourage interaction between peoples, to consider some of the challenges facing our modern society and to foster development of Science and Technology. The NATO Science Programme is a major component of this Third Dimension.

The activities of the NATO Science Committee enhance science and technology by facilitating international scientific cooperation. The transatlantic link has been and remains a major feature of this cooperation. Recently, links with the CIS and Central and Eastern Europe, NATO's Cooperation Partners, have also become an important aspect of the NATO Science Programme. Following consultation with representatives of the Cooperation Partner countries, a number of priority areas were selected for support. Besides disarmament technologies, environmental security, and high technology, science and technology policy is one of the priority areas selected. This priority area includes problems related to human resources including science policy, technology transfer, innovation, management, intellectual property rights and career mobility (e.g. the redeployment of defence-industry scientists).

Activities supported

The support mechanisms for tackling problems in the priority areas are Advanced Study Institutes, Advanced Research Workshops, Collaborative Research Grants, Linkage Grants and Expert Visits. Although applications for these activities may be submitted by either NATO or Cooperation Partner (CP) scientists, applications in the Priority Areas must involve cooperation between both NATO and CP scientists.

Advanced Study Institutes (ASIs)

The objectives of an ASI are to promote the dissemination of scientific knowledge, to impart experience and to foster professional contacts among scientists. Opportunities are offered to leading scientists (ASI directors) to organize advanced meetings of a tutorial character, typically of a duration of ten working days, involving 12 to 15 lecturers with an audience of 60 to 80 post-doctoral level "students". ASIs in the priority areas should be co-directed by a scientist from a CP country and a scientist from a NATO country; they may be held in a NATO country or a CP country. Funds are provided to ASI directors to cover organization expenditures, the travel and living expenses of lecturers and to contribute to the travel and living expenses of the ASI students.

Advanced Research Workshop (ARWs)

The objective of an Advanced Research Workshop is to contribute to the critical assessment of existing knowledge on new important topics, to identify directions for future research, and to promote close working relations between scientists from different countries and with different professional experience. They are working meetings of between 20 and 50 participants lasting from two to five days. ARWs should be in priority areas and co-directed by a scientist from a CP country and a scientist from a NATO country; they may be held in either a NATO country or a CP country. Funding is provided to ARW directors to cover organizational expenses, the travel and living expenses of key speakers and to contribute to the travel and living expenses of other participants.

Collaborative Research Grants (CRGs)

The objective of a CRG is to stimulate collaboration between research scientists. CRGs are available for collaboration between researchers in NATO countries and researchers in Cooperation Partner countries in the priority areas. Funding is provided for reciprocal visits abroad of from one to four weeks for one or two members of research teams collaborating on a joint research project.

Linkage Grants (LGs)

The objective of Linkage Grants is to promote cooperation between research teams from Cooperation Partner countries, with the aim of undertaking joint research projects that are in the priority areas. Funding is available for reciprocal short visits abroad for four or five members of research teams over a period of one to two years. For laboratories in Cooperation Partner countries a contribution may be requested towards acquisition of scientific equipment of modest cost, or expenditure on electronic communication needs, essential for and specific to the project. Linkage grants may be bilateral or multilateral.

Expert Visits (EVs)

The objective of Expert Visits is to allow high-level specialists from NATO countries and from CP countries to benefit from one another's expertise in the Priority Areas. Grants support the travel and living expenses of experts from CP countries visiting research laboratories in NATO countries, and vice versa, for consultation on current research projects. The duration of visits may range from a few days to a maximum of one month.

Applications for Funding

Specific application forms and Notes for Applicants are available from the NATO Scientific Affairs Division for each of these activities. Scientists from NATO countries and Cooperation Partner countries can apply for support for topics in the Priority Areas.

The Science Programme is managed by the staff of the NATO Scientific Affairs Division, under the overall policy guidance of the NATO Science Committee, and with the assistance of a number of panels of scientists advising on particular programmes. More detailed information on the priority areas and on the individual activities may be obtained from the address below.

(Source: Brochure on the NATO Science
Programme, November 1994)

For further information

NATO Scientific Affairs Division
B-1110 Brussels, Belgium
Tel.: (32-2)-728-4111