ISTC’s Vision Statement
- To advance global peace and prosperity through cooperative Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) risk mitigation by supporting civilian science and technology partnerships that address global security threats and advance non-proliferation to redirect expertise to peaceful R&D fields.
ISTC’s Mission Statement
- To facilitate interactions and collaborations between CIS and Georgian scientists with their global scientific counterparts.
- To support and manage R&D projects that address global problems and transition such research to market-based economies for future sustainability.
- To address the global security threat of the proliferation of WMD-applicable chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) knowledge and materials;
- To support the integration of scientists with WMD applicable knowledge into global scientific and economic communities through national, regional, and international research collaboration;
- To develop and sustain a culture of nonproliferation and CBRN security awareness and responsibility through education, mentorship, and training;
- To promote international best practices and security culture to mitigate CBRN security threats.
- Contribute to solving national and global technological problems;
- Support basic and applied research;
- Support the transition to market-based economies;
- Encourage the integration of CIS and Georgian former weapons scientists into the international scientific community.
Engaging Scientific Communities Globally
The principle activity through which the ISTC meets these objectives is the management of science R&D projects. Institutes throughout Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan coordinate project proposals with the ISTC Secretariat for review and funding. Project participants and institutes receiving ISTC funding benefit from the Center's supporting programs such as travel grants, workshops, seminars, international conferences, and commercialization support.
- On July 17th 2015, the ISTC office in Astana, Kazakhstan officially became the new Head Office after the withdrawal of the Russian Federation to the ISTC Agreement in July 2015.
- Develop new programs and activities in response to member countries’ needs and priorities.
- Plans to expand ISTC non-proliferation efforts and sustainable R&D support to new member countries.
- Investigate and engage new sources of funding for R&D projects and programs.
Targeted Initiative (TI) Program Pipeline
- Biosafety & biosecurity
- Seismic monitoring & hazard mitigation
- Nuclear non-proliferation, security & safety capacity
- Radiological source risk mitigation
- Clean / renewable energy & energy efficiency /EXPO
- Dual-use & export control TI
- Southern Africa Nuclear Industry
- Water & food security TI
- Technology, device & reporting integration
Global Outreach & Visibility Strategy
- New Agreement Expands ISTC Mandate, in terms of Activities and Geographic Reach
- ISTC Mission Now Integrates its WMD Non-proliferation Focus with the Need to Address Contemporary Global Security Challenges, through the Peaceful and Responsible Use of Science Cooperation.
- ISTC Membership is Now Open to Any Country and Can Engage Wherever in the World the Governing Parties Direct.
The EU CBRN CoE Network and ISTC: Areas of Cooperation and Complementarity
- Project implementation in line with the CBRN CoEs’ methodology and guidelines;
- Access of beneficiaries to international networks of CBRN expertise.
- Ensure genuine local ownership of CBRN action plans, policies and project proposals.
- Foster inter- and intra-regional cooperation
The International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) is an intergovernmental organization connecting scientists from Kazakhstan, Armenia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Georgia with their peers and research organizations in the EU, Japan, Republic of Korea, Norway and the United States.
ISTC facilitates international science projects and assists the global scientific and business community to source and engage with CIS and Georgian institutes that develop or possess an excellence of scientific know-how.