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The Science for Peace and Security Programme

The Science for Peace and Security Programme (SPS) is a policy tool for enhancing cooperation and dialogue with partner countries, based on civil science and innovation, aiming to contribute to the Alliance’s core goals and to address the priority areas for dialogue and cooperation identified in the new partnership policy. In some cases, SPS serves as the first concrete link between NATO and a partner.

Founded in 1958, the Programme contributes towards the Alliance’s core goals and promotes regional cooperation through scientific projects and activities. Over its long history, the SPS Programme has continuously adapted to the demands of the times. To this end, a comprehensive reorientation of the Programme took place in 2013, which gave SPS a renewed focus on larger scale strategic activities beyond purely scientific cooperation.

Research priorities are linked to NATO’s strategic objectives (projects in direct support to NATO’s operations, aiming to enhance the defence against terrorism and related to other security threats). These projects may be related to explosives detection; physical protection from chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear agents; emergency preparedness cyber defence; energy security and environmental concerns;  implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325).

The SPS Programme supports collaboration between scientists and experts from NATO and partner countries on three core dimensions: science, partneship and security.

SPS Key Priorities are based on NATO’s Strategic Concept as agreed in Lisbon in 2010 and the Strategic Objectives of NATO’s Partner Relations as agreed in Berlin in April 2011. 

SPS grants

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.

To that end, interested parties submit an application for funding (must be led by project directors from at least one Allied and one partner country). The application must also directly address the SPS Key Priorities and have a clear link to security. Once an application has been received by the SPS Programme it will undergo a comprehensive evaluation and approval process, taking into account expert, scientific and political guidance.

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Last updated: March 2017


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