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Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Scientists
for Collaborative Research to Improve Security

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International scientists and experts in eligible countries for collaborative science and research projects that address security across a range of sectors. Funding is intended to support research related to the detection of explosives and advanced technologies. The purpose of the program is to develop and implement practical cooperation, and enhance dialogue between NATO and partner nations through security-related science, technology, and innovation.

This program supports collaboration through three established grant mechanisms: Multi-Year research and development Projects (MYP), Advanced Research Workshops (ARW), and training courses (Advanced Study Institutes-ASI, and Advanced Training Courses - ATC). Interested applicants should develop proposals for activities that fit within one of these formats.

SPS is currently accepting proposals in response to two Special Calls for Proposals on Advanced Technologies and Explosives Detection. 

  • To address the challenges and opportunities raised by innovative and disruptive technologies,the SPS program is launching a “Special Call for Proposals on Security-Related Advanced Technologies” to enhance the SPS portfolio in a number of areas.
  • Additionally, the SPS program has issued a call Call for Proposals to address human, scientific and technological advancements in the field of Mine and Unexploded Ordnance Detection and Clearance. One of the objectives is to encourage applications that bring long-term impact, and have a thematic and geographical strategic perspective. To this end, applications that promote long-term research in hard sciences, as well as in social disciplines (such as political science, anthropology, sociology, psychology, etc.) are encouraged. Social sciences applications may be in the form of long-term studies, case studies with practical applications (i.e. sharing best practices, developing recommendations, identifying gaps), and field studies, etc. Applicants should consider their project’s relevance to NATO’s key tasks of collective defense, crisis management, and cooperative security. 

For more information about the scope of the Special Call for Proposals on Advanced Technologies, see:

For information about the scope of the Special Call for Proposals on Explosives Detection, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 178556

Term of Contract:

- Multi-year projects have a typical duration of 2 - 3 years.
- Advanced Research Workshops have a duration of 2 - 5 days.
- Advanced Study Institute has a duration of at least 7 working days.
- Advanced Training Courses have a duration of 5-7 working days.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

As one of the principal goals of the Science for Peace and Security Programme is to promote cooperation between NATO countries and NATO partner nations, only applications from researchers in those countries can be accepted. Interested applicants must jointly develop a collaborative activity led by project directors from at least one NATO country (NPD) and one Partner country (PPD).

NATO Countries: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia (the invitee), Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.

Eligible NATO Partner Countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Egypt, Finland, Georgia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Malta, Mauritania, Republic of Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan.

Pre-Application Information:

- The deadline for applications is June 1, 2020.
- A decision on funding may take up to 9 months following an application deadline,

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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All relevant enquiries should be addressed to:

SPS Programme
Emerging Security Challenges Division (ESCD)
Bd Leopold III
B-1110 Brussels

Fax: +32 2 707 4232

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