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Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Deadline Date:

06/01/19 23:59 CET


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International scientists and other experts representing eligible countries for collaborative science and research projects to address security across a broad range of sectors. Funding focuses on current security challenges, including cyber security, environmental concerns, terrorism, defense against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear agents, as well as human and social aspects of security.

The SPS Programme promotes security-related practical cooperation based on scientific research, innovation and knowledge exchange within NATO’s wide network of partner countries.

It connects scientists, experts and officials from Allied and partner countries to address security challenges, such as cyber defence, counter-terrorism or defence against CBRN agents; to support NATO-led missions and operations; to foster the development of security-related advanced technologies such as sensors and detectors, nanotechnologies, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and to address human and social aspects of security such as the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325).

Funded by NATO’s civil budget, the SPS Programme supports collaboration through four established grant mechanisms: Multi-Year Research Projects, Advanced Research Workshops, Advanced Training Courses and Advanced Study Institutes. Interested applicants should develop proposals for activities that fit within one of these formats. For more information on types of grants, see here:

Moreover, all activities funded within the framework of the SPS Programme must follow the rules and regulations outlined in the SPS Programme Management Handbooks.To that end, interested parties submit an application for funding that must be led by project directors from at least one NATO Ally and one partner country. Any application must also directly address at least one of the SPS key priorities and have a clear link to security. For more information SPS Key Priorities, see here:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178556

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Training Courses: Grants average 60,000 EUR
- Workshops: Grants average 30,000 - 40,000 EUR

Term of Contract:

Multi-year research and development grants have a typical duration of 2 - 3 years.

Advanced Study Institutes have a duration of 7 working days.

Advanced Training Courses have a duration of 5-7 working days

Workshops have a duration of 2 - 5 working days.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications for funding must be submitted jointly by a NATO and a partner country Co-Director.

Follow the links for a full overview of NATO and Partner countries:

- NATO Countries:

- NATO Partner Countries:

Pre-Application Information:

There are normally 2 - 3 peer review evaluation panels held each year, with deadlines for application submissions corresponding to their scheduling.

Upcoming Deadline:
- February 1, 2019 – 23:59 CET

Once an application has been received by the SPS Programme it will undergo a comprehensive evaluation and peer review process, taking into account expert, scientific and political guidance.

As a decision on funding can take up to 9 months following an application deadline, it is important to take this into consideration when proposing dates for an activity.

How to Apply:

Contact Information:

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

Applications for funding should be sent to:

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

Fax: +32 2 707 4232

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.