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About The Science for Peace and security (SPS) programme

The NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme has been contributing to the core goals of the Alliance for more than six decades. It is one of the largest and most important NATO partnership programmes addressing 21st century security challenges, particularly cyber defence, advanced technologies, counter-terrorism, energy security, and defence against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents. As part of NATO's Emerging Security Challenges (ESC) Division, the SPS Programme promotes practical scientific cooperation and capacity building beetween researchers, experts and officials from NATO and partner countries. By supporting security relevant activities in the form of grants for multi-year projects, advanced research workshops, advanced training courses, and advanced study institutes, SPS fosters the creation and expansion of networks of international experts, the sharing of best practices, and exchange of expertise and know-how among scientific communities in NATO and partner countries.

The Programme involves partners across all of NATO's partnership frameworks (including the Partnership for Peace, the Mediterranean Dialogue, the Instabul Cooperation Initiatives and cooperations with partners across the globe), through engagements with approximately 2000 experts every year. The Programme also invests in the development of the next generations of researchers, by actively supporting the participation and training of young scientists in its activities. As a testament to the scientific excellence supported by SPS, 21 Nobel Laureates have been involved in its activities since its creation.

The NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme also provides the Alliance with separate, non-military communication channels by bringing experts from NATO and partner countries, often in situations or regions where other forms of dialogue more focused on defence and security are difficult to establish. Accordingly, the Programme enables NATO to become involved in such regions, often serving as the first concrete link between NATO and new partners, based on partners' request for cooperation.


For more information, please visit our website at and follow us on Twitter at @NATO_SPS

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