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

Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme


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Funding Source
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
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Geographic Focus
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/16/23 23:59 Central European Time Save

Grant Description
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 offer expert advice, support, and funding to tailor-made, civil security-relevant activities that respond to NATO’s strategic objectives. Participation in the SPS Programme enables experts and scientists to develop innovative solutions to today’s security challenges and to build partnerships with their peers in NATO and partner nations.
The NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Program enhances civil science and technology to address emerging security challenges and their impact on international security. It connects scientists, experts, and officials from NATO and partner nations to work together to address these challenges by supporting security-relevant activities in the form of four established grant mechanisms, which are: 

  1. Multi-Year Projects (MYP):  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.
  2. Events in the following formats:
    • Advanced Research Workshops (ARW):  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 Training Courses (ATC):  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.
    • Advanced Study Institutes (ASI): high-level tutorial courses conveying the latest developments in topics of relevance for NATO and the SPS Key Priorities to an advanced-level audience.

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Interested grant applicants must develop a collaborative activity that fits within one of the formats listed above and meets at least one SPS Key Priority.

SPS's Key priorities are:
  1. Facilitate mutually beneficial cooperation on issues of common interest, including international efforts to meet emerging security challenges
  2. Enhance support for NATO-led operations and missions 
  3. Enhance awareness of security developments, including through early warning, with a view to preventing crises
  4. Any project clearly linked to a threat to security not otherwise defined in these priorities may also be considered for funding under the SPS Program.
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Additional Eligibility Criteria
General eligibility criteria
- Applications for funding must be developed jointly by a NATO country Co-Director (NPD) and a Partner country Co-Director (PPD).
- Project must be led by a co-director who is a national of, resident, and employed in a NATO member country and a co-director who is a national of, resident, and employed in a partner nation
- Project must be developed and implemented by co-directors affiliated with a government, academic, or other non-profit institution.

Eligible countries: Individuals from the following countries are eligible to participate in activities supported by the SPS Program:
- NATO member countries: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, the Republic of North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Türkiye, United Kingdom, United States of America
- Eligible NATO partner nations: Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Egypt, 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 (the Invitee), Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan

For more information about eligibility criteria:

For-profit private companies are not eligible for SPS funding.

Pre-Application Information
The deadline for submitting applications is 16 June 2023 at 23:59 Central European Time.

- As each application undergoes a thorough review process, a decision on funding can take up to nine months following an application deadline. It is important to take this into consideration when proposing dates for an activity.
- For SPS Multi-Year Projects applications: If the proposed project would require more than EUR 350,000, please first send to a one-page abstract of the proposal with an estimated budget in order to evaluate whether such a project would fit in the overall portfolio of SPS before a full application is developed.
- Beneficiaries of SPS grants may only hold one grant at a time.

Information on how to apply:
Application Manuals and Templates:
SPS program and priorities:

Estimated Size of Grant
- Multi-Year Projects: typically EUR 150,000-350,000 over the entire duration of the project.
- Advanced Research Workshops: Typically EUR 30,000-40,000
- Advanced Study Institutes: On average, EUR 60,000
- Advanced Training Courses: On average, EUR 60,000

Term of Contract
- Multi-year projects have a typical duration of 24 to 36 months.
- Advanced Research Workshops have a typical duration of 2-5 working days.
- Advanced Study Institutes have a typical duration of 7-10 working days.
- Advanced Training Courses have a typical duration of 5-7 working days.

Contact Information
Applications must be submitted before the deadline to:
When submitting the application, please mention in the subject line “Call for Proposals 2023-2”.

All relevant inquiries prior to application submission should be addressed to

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

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