Advanced Research Workshop (ARW) Grant Program

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Grant amount: €30,000 - €40,000

Next deadline: Oct 1, 2018 2:59pm PDT

Later deadlines: Jun 1, 2019 2:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Faculty Working Professional

Funding uses: Conference

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Australia and New Zealand; Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Armenia Expand all

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A NATO ARW is a two to three day meeting for high-level intensive discussions on a security-related topic in one or more of the SPS Key Priority areas, engaging 20–50 experts from NATO countries and Partner countries. In addition to their role in disseminating the latest results, ARWs also serve to formulate recommendations and conclusions for policy or further study and to foster partnerships among experts from different countries, often leading to the formation of new research collaborations.

SPS Key Priorities 
  • Facilitate mutually beneficial cooperation on issues of common interest, including international efforts to meet emerging security challenges
    • Counter-Terrorism
      • Methods for the protection of critical infrastructure, supplies and personnel;
      • Human factors in the defence against terrorism;
      • Detection technologies against the terrorist threat for explosive devices and other illicit activities;
      • Risk management, best practices and technologies in response to terrorism.
    • Energy Security
      • Innovative energy solutions for the military; battlefield energy solutions; renewable energy solutions with military applications;
      • Energy infrastructure security;
      • Maritime aspects of energy security;
      • Technological aspects of energy security.
    • Cyber Defence
      • Critical infrastructure protection, including sharing of best practices, capacity building and policies;
      • Support in developing cyber defence capabilities, including new technologies and support to the construction of information technology infrastructure;
      • Cyber defence situation awareness.
    • Defence against Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Agents
      • Methods and technology regarding the protection against, diagnosing effects, detection, decontamination, destruction, disposal and containment of CBRN agents;
      • Risk management and recovery strategies and technologies;
      • Medical countermeasures against CBRN agents.
    • Environmental Security
      • Security issues arising from key environmental and resource constraints, including health risks, climate change, water scarcity and increasing energy needs, which have the potential to significantly affect NATO's planning and operations;
      • Disaster forecast and prevention of natural catastrophes;
      • Defence-related environmental issues.
    • Enhance support for NATO-led operations and missions
      • Provision of civilian support through SPS Key Priorities;
      • Provision of access to information through internet connectivity as in the SILK-Afghanistan Programme;
      • Cultural and social aspects in military operations and missions ;
      • Enhancing cooperation with other international actors.
    • Enhance awareness of security developments including through early warning, with a view to preventing crises
      • Security-related Advanced Technology:
        • Emerging technologies including nanotechnology, optical technology, micro satellites, metallurgy and the development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms.
      • Border and Port Security
        • Border and port security technology;
        • Cross-border communication systems and data fusion;
        • Expert advice and assessments of border security needs and best practice.
      • Mine and Unexploded Ordnance Detection and Clearance
        • Development and provision of advanced technologies, methodologies and best practice;
        • Solutions to counter improvised explosive devices (IED).
    • Human and Social Aspects of Security related to NATO's strategic objectives
    • Any related project clearly linked to a threat to security not otherwise defined in these priorities may also be considered for funding under the SPS Programme.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applications must be submitted jointly by a prospective co-director residing and working in a NATO country and one residing and working in a partner country.
  • Both co-directors work together to prepare the programme or curriculum, select experts and other participants (such as ASI students or ATC trainees), organize event practicalities, manage SPS funds, and report to NATO. The co-directors generally also serve as speakers or trainers themselves during the event.
  • Prospective co-directors should ensure that any other SPS activity directed by either of them is formally closed before applying.
  • Travel and living expenses for all speakers/trainers can be paid from the SPS grant.
  • Travel and living expenses for non-speaking participants from NATO countries and from those partner countries marked * in eligible countries list, as well as from other International Organisations may be fully paid from the SPS grant if they are unable to obtain financial support from other sources. (see Eligible Countries and Definitions )
  • 80% of travel and living expenses for non-speaking participants from those partner countries marked ** in eligible countries list may be paid from the SPS grant if they are unable to obtain financial support from other sources. (see Eligible Countries and Definitions)


  • Individuals from for-profit private companies are not eligible. 
  • Applicants should note that they may not hold more than one SPS grant at a time.
    • Prospective co-directors should ensure that any other SPS activity directed by either of them is formally closed before applying.
  • In no case may non-speaking participants (e.g. ASI students, or ATC trainees) come from non-NATO, non-partner countries.
  • Travel and living expenses for non-speaking participants from other partner countries (unmarked above) cannot be paid from the SPS grant and must be funded from other sources.