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6. The NATO Science Programme

  1. Introduction
  2. The problem defined
 3. Project Overview
 4. Working together for results
 5. Project Expansion
 6. The NATO Science Programme
 7. One Minute Interview
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The NATO Science Programme brings scientists from NATO member and Partner countries together to share scientific knowledge and to cooperate in the advancement of science. In addition to promoting the international cooperation essential to the progress of science, the Science Programme also serves to promote peace by fostering trust and understanding and by forging enduring links between scientists throughout the Euro-Atlantic region.

The Science Programme is grouped into four sub-programmes: Science Fellowships (to provide training for young researchers), Cooperative Science and Technology Grants (to initiate research cooperation and establish enduring links between scientists), Research Infrastructure Support (to help Partner countries structure the organisation of their research and create the required basic infrastructure for computer networking) and Science for Peace (to provide support to Partners in their transition towards a market-oriented, environmentally-sound economy). The NATO Science Committee, which is composed of representatives from each NATO member country, provides overall guidance and direction for the Science Programme.

The Research Infrastructure Support component of the NATO Science Programme provides support in the areas of computer networking and science and technology policy and organisation. Its aim is to install the basic infrastructure required for scientific research and development in those countries which lack the required technology, thereby bringing local and regional scientists into contact with others in the international scientific community.

Did you know?

The NATO Science Programme was founded in 1958 by the "Three Wise Men" - Foreign Ministers Lange (Norway), Martino (Italy) and Pearson (Canada) - who made the argument that scientific and technological developments can be decisive factors in determining the security of countries and their positions in world affairs.

Did you know?

  • Each year, approximately 10,000 scientists from EAPC countries are involved in the NATO Science Programme.
  • Approximately 1,100 NATO Science Fellowships are awarded each year.
  • There are about 100 scientific meetings held each year with over 5,000 participants from NATO member and Partner countries.


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