Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme
Overview of the SPS Programme
Emerging Security Challenges Division
• What is the SPS Programme about?
• Objectives of the SPS Programme
• A Unique Network of Cooperation
• What Types of Activities can we offer?
• Some Project Examples
• Role of the SPS Programme in the Emerging Security Challenges
• Who can Apply?
• How to Apply?
• Enhances cooperation with all partnerships based on security-related
civil science and innovation,
• Conducts activities aligned with NATO’s Strategic Objectives,
• Sponsors activities to identify future threats, raising awareness and
contribute to finding solutions
SPS Project in Key Priority Areas
– Top-Down Projects
Responding to partner needs
– Bottom-Up Projects
Individual scientists and security experts applying for funding
The 2012 SPS Programme Budget is 12.085 million Euros.
Establish concrete security-related science civil collaboration
between NATO countries and Partner countries,
Contribute to solving problems effecting large societies in
Promote NATO’s values and image in targeted communities in
Partner countries and society at large
– Young generation of ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’
Contribute to Stability and Peace e.g. by promoting regional co-
Provide seed money for seed projects to provide the basis for
addressing priority needs
SPS Key priorities
A. Projects that may receive funding from the SPS budget. B. Projects that may receive funding from the
SPS budget only if there are no sufficient
A.1. Projects in direct support of NATO operations and missions.
applications of an appropriate-quality in
A.2. A.2.a. Defensible methods of transport of fuel, supplies, and Category A.
B.1. B.1.a. Human and societal dynamics
A.2.b. Medical countermeasures for non-CBRN terrorist Countering
teorist B.1.b. Food security in times of
A.2.c. Explosives detection.
security B.1.c. Physical construction of
A.2.d. Computer terrorism countermeasures and cyber Information Technology
A.2.e. Study of human factors in defence against terrorism.
C. Any other Security-Related Activities.
A.2.f. Border and port security.
A.3. A.3.a. Novel methods of detecting, protecting against and
Defence diagnosing the effects of CBRN agents on organisms.
A.3.b. Decontamination, destruction, and disposal of CBRN
agents; medical countermeasures and containment
A.3.c. Decontamination of food processing facilities after
A.3.d. Risk management strategies which minimise public
contact with agents.
A.4. A.4.a. Energy security
A.4.b. Security-related advanced technology
threats to A.4.c. Defence-related environmental issues.
A.4.d. Landmine and Unexploded Ordnance Detection and
A Unique Network of Cooperation
NATO Countries (28)
Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany,
Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.
Euro Atlantic Partnership Council Countries (22)
Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Finland, Georgia, Malta, Moldova,
Montenegro, Ireland, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan,
the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia(*), Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
Mediterranean Dialogue Countries (7)
Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia
Istanbul Initiative Countries (4)
Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates.
Global Partner Countries (8)
Afghanistan, Australia, Iraq, Japan, Mongolia, Pakistan, the Republic of Korea , New Zealand
Total: 69 countries
(*) Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.
What can we do?
• Multi-year Projects
• Network Infrastructure Grants
§ Multi-year projects which contribute to capacity building,
providing equipment and training of young experts,
generally through exchange of information and
§ Goal: to solve problems with concrete deliverables and
§ The average cost for such a project is in the range of EUR
250K to 300K/3-5 years. Partner countries provide both
manpower (salaries) and logistics (laboratories).
§ Meetings of high level experts to assess the most advanced
knowledge on SPS - Priority Areas and provide recommendations /
conclusions for future actions;
§ The duration of a workshop is flexible (about 3 working days);
§ The number of key speakers and participants varies between 20
§ The results are expected to be published under NATO Science
§ Enable specialists in NATO countries to share their
expertise with trainees from Partner countries;
§ The number of trainees varies between 40 and 60;
§ The duration is 5 or 10 working days;
§ The results are expected to be published under NATO
Role of the SPS Programme in the ESC Division
• Cold War Tool • Partnership tool
• Decision-making only by • In line with NATO´s
Scientists political agenda
• Bringing scientists • Final decision for funding
together from NATO given by the nations in the
countries Political and Partnership
• Cross-cutting science Committee (PPC)
was the criteria for • Not only scientists eligible
selection for cooperation
Emerging Security Challenges
“Review” process for “bottom-up” projects
Working ISEG PPC
– Assess scientific
– High-level soundness of the – Assess “strategic
priorities project, subject of the and political
– Program grant request, guidance" of the
of work through peer review SPS programme in
– Target grantees – Monitor progress of alignment with
Grant NATO strategies1
Through silence procedure Source: McKinsey & Company
Who can Apply?
• Experts in security related civil science and
• Scientist, Think Tank, Government, University
• Funding joint cooperative projects between
experts from NATO nations and partner
Who can Apply?
How to Apply
• Identify a relevant topic which you wish to open to
• Determine the appropriate grant mechanism,
• Find a qualified collaborator from a Partner or NATO
• Visit the NATO SPS Website for assistance and
downloadable application forms and instructions,
• Complete the ‘Application Form’ with your
collaborator and submit it.
The SPS website is the primary source for applicants and participants on
activities and procedures
– Instructions for applicants
– Downloadable application forms
Scientific cooperation between NATO and
• Russia is the most active Partner country in the SPS
• A special programme of support for cooperation
between scientists and experts from Russia and
NATO countries has been established within the
• The NATO-Russia Council (NRC) SPS Committee has
as well drawn up an Action Plan which provides for
collaboration especially in:
1. Defence against terrorist threats
2. countering other threats to security
Example of an SPS Project
Stand-Off Explosives Detection Programme
• To confront and counter the threat of attacks
on mass transit, NATO countries and Russia
share their expertise and technology in a joint
endeavour aiming to detect a suicide bomber
in a crowd and to prevent potential attacks.
• The core concept is to bring together various
techniques for the detection of explosives and
the localisation, identification and tracking of
potential perpetrators of attacks.
• F, D, US, NL, UK, Russia