• Last updated: 07 Jun. 2019 12:12

Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme

What we fund


SPS Grant Mechanisms

The SPS Programme develops and implements practical cooperation and enhances dialogue between NATO nations and Partner countries through capacity-building and security-related science technology and innovation. 

All Programme activities contribute towards the Alliance’s strategic objectives, have a clear link to security and respond to at least one of the SPS Key Priorities. 

The SPS Programme supports collaboration through three established grant mechanisms. Interested applicants must jointly develop a collaborative activity within one of these mechanisms led by project directors from at least one NATO country (NPD) and one Partner country (PPD).

  • 1. Research & Development Projects: Multi-Year Project (MYP)

    With a typical duration of 2-3 years, the MYP grant mechanism enables scientists from NATO and its Partner countries to collaborate on applied research and development (R&D) and capacity building projects that result in new civil science advancements with practical application in the security and defence fields.  It provides equipment, training and support to young scientists.

  • 2. Research Workshops: Advanced Research Workshop (ARW)

    With a duration of 2-5 days, the ARW grant mechanism allows for advanced-level discussions among scientists and experts from different countries in order to identify direction for future actions to address security challenges.

  • 3. Training Courses: Advanced Study Institute (ASI) and Advanced Training Course (ATC)

    With a duration of at least 7 working days, the ASI grant mechanism offers high-level tutorial courses organized to convey the latest developments in science and innovation to an advanced (PhD level) audience.

    With a duration of 5-7 working days, the ATC grant mechanism enables specialists in NATO member countries to share their security-related expertise with trainees from NATO’s Partner countries.