Advanced Study Institute: Training Courses Grant

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Grant amount: Approximately €60,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jun 1, 2019 2:59pm PDT

Later anticipated deadlines: Oct 1, 2019 2:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher PhD Student

Funding uses: Conference, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

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

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Advanced Study Institute (ASI) 

A NATO ASI is a short course, typically seven to ten days, where expert lecturers bring an audience of young scientists a focused, in-depth curriculum on a security-related topic in one of the SPS Key Priority areas. ASIs are typically aimed at experts at the post-doctoral level although pre-doctoral students and young scientists can often benefit as well. ASIs have the specific role of contributing to the training and motivation of young researchers in NATO’s Partner countries, of introducing and interesting young NATO-country and partner-country experts alike in topics relevant to NATO, and of building networks among these young researchers.

Advanced Training Course (ATC)

A NATO ATC is a focused training course typically lasting five to seven days which enables specialists in NATO countries to share their expertise in one of the SPS Key Priority areas with trainees, primarily from NATO partner countries but also from other NATO countries. ATCs provide training to experts with an appropriate background who wish to learn of recent developments in their areas of expertise. ATCs con- 2 201508 tribute to the training and motivation of experts in Partner countries, and enable the formation and strengthening of international expert networks.

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 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 on 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 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 project related clearly linked to a threat to security not otherwise defined in these priorities may also be considered for funding under the SPS Programme.

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  • Pre- and Post-doctoral level scientists with a relevant background in the subject matter of the course.
  • 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 partner countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Georgia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Mauritania, Malta, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan; 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.
  • 80% of travel and living expenses for non-speaking participants from those partner countries: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, Serbia, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia may be paid from the SPS grant if they are unable to obtain financial support from other sources.


  • In particular, young scientists from NATO Partner countries are encouraged to attend.


  • Individuals from for-profit private companies are not eligible.
  • Travel and living expenses for non-speaking participants from other partner countries: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Finland, Ireland, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Arab Emirates cannot be paid from the SPS grant and must be funded from other sources.