On 15 March, a 'NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme' information session will take place at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. The event aims to inform the research community in the Netherlands about the programme and to establish contacts between scientists in NATO and partner countries to develop joint SPS activities. The NATO SPS Programme provides the opportunity to get access to capital. This opportunity will be granted throughout the year.
Scientists from both NATO member states as allies can be supported with grants all year in order to develop projects which engage science and security. Cyber security is one of the top priorities of the Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme mentioned under Cyber Defence (Critical infrastructure protection, support in developing cyber defence capabilities and cyber defence situation awareness).
More information about this SPS Programme and how to apply for grants throughout the year, can be found here.
The NATO SPS Programme
SPS Programme, which was founded in 1958, promotes security related practical cooperation to address emerging security challenges. The SPS Programme helps to foster research, innovation and knowledge exchange in an effort to address mutual security challenges. It connects civil society to NATO through activities that address global security challenges. Today, the NATO SPS Programme contributes to the Alliance’s core goals, and it has become one of NATO’s most important partnership tools in terms of funding and outreach, connecting with both governmental and civil audiences.
SPS Programme supports collaboration through three established grant mechanisms:
Multi-Year Projects (MYP) which funds are between €200,000 and €400,000. MYP’s are research and development projects related to NATO’s strategic goals and relevant to the SPS Key Priorities.
Training courses in which there is a division between Advanced Study Institute (ASI) and Advanced Training Course (ATC). These courses have an average SPS grant of €60,000.
Workshops which are an Advanced-level discussions between experts from different countries with the aim of addressing contemporary security challenges. The SPS grant will be between €30,000 and 40,000.