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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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North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Deadline Date:

01/15/21 23:59 Central European Time - Multi-Year Projects


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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. 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.

SPS supports scientific cooperation through established grant mechanisms that provide funding for Multi-Year Projects and Events. Supported Events include Advanced Research Workshops (ARWs), Advanced Study Institutes (ASIs), and Advanced Training Courses (ATCs). Owing to restrictions on travel and gatherings, quarantine and testing requirements due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, applications for SPS-supported Events may not be submitted in the framework of this Call.

Interested grant applicants must develop a collaborative activity that fits within one of the formats listed below. 

  • Multi-Year Projects (MYP) - Multi-Year Projects (MYP) are Research and Development (R&D) projects that enable scientists from NATO and its partner nations to collaborate on applied R&D and capacity building projects that result in new civil science advancements with practical application in the security and defense fields. MYPs enable participating countries to increase contacts in scientific communities while building a stronger scientific infrastructure in their home countries.  Sustainability is ensured through the involvement of end-users offering advice and guidance throughout the lifetime of the projects with the aim of taking up and implementing the results. Projects involving more than one NATO and one partner nation are encouraged, as is the participation of young scientists.
  • Advanced Research Workshops (ARW) are advanced-level discussions that provide a platform for experts and scientists from different countries to share their experience and knowledge on security-related topics. These events aim to identify directions for future actions to address contemporary security challenges, and often are the starting points for follow-on activities such as applications for Multi-Year Projects.
  • Advanced Study Institutes (ASI) are high-level tutorial courses conveying the latest developments in topics of relevance for NATO and the SPS Key Priorities to an advanced-level audience.
  • Advanced Training Courses (ATC) are tailor-made, modular courses designed to enable specialists in NATO countries to share their security-related expertise in one of the SPS Key Priority areas. ATCs are not intended to be lecture-driven, but to be intensive, interactive and practical in nature. Courses contribute to the training of experts in partner nations and enable the formation and strengthening of international expert networks.

This call solicits proposals addressing one or more of the SPS Key Priorities found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178556

Estimated Size of Grant:

Multi-Year Projects (MYP) - Typically EUR 150,000-350,000
Advanced Research Workshops (ARW) - Typically EUR 30,000-40,000.
Advanced Study Institutes (ASI) and Advanced Training Courses - On average EUR 60,000.

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:

Applications for funding must be developed jointly by a NATO country Co-Director (NPD) and a Partner country Co-Director (PPD). To be deemed eligible for funding, proposals submitted to the SPS Programme must be developed and implemented by co-directors affiliated with a government, academic, or other non-profit institutions. For-profit private companies are not eligible for SPS funding.

NATO Countries: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, the Republic of North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, 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, the Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Malta, Mauritania, the Republic of Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan, Qatar, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for multi-year proposal applications is January 15, 2021.

Given the number of proposed activities and their rigorous review, it may take up to nine months for an activity to be approved.

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

Applications should be sent to:

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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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


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