Support for Research Projects

Objective

The OPCW Technical Secretariat supports small-scale research in Member States with developing economies for the development and promotion of scientific and technical knowledge in the field of chemistry for industrial, agricultural, research, medical, pharmaceutical or other peaceful purposes which are relevant to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

The criteria for selection of projects, funding procedure and other details are outlined in Note S/228/2000/Rev.1, circulated by the Secretariat to all Member States. An application form for the submission of proposals for support is enclosed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the aim of the Programme for Support of Research Projects?
The programme is designed in the spirit of Article XI to support small-scale research projects in Member States with developing economies, in order to facilitate the development and application of chemistry for purposes not prohibited under the Convention, i.e. in areas of peaceful applications of chemistry.

2. What are the areas of research that receive support?
The areas of research that may receive grants from the OPCW are listed in sub-paragraph 2.4 of the Secretariat Note S/228/2000. They should focus on the development and promotion of scientific and technical knowledge in the field of chemistry for industrial, agricultural, research, medical, pharmaceutical or other peaceful purposes.

3. What is the application procedure?

  • Submit a completed application form through the National Authority of the Member State which has to endorse that the research proposal is in line with national development objectives and priorities for peaceful applications of chemistry.
  • Projects to be co-funded with another organisation are to be vetted first and approved by the co-funding organisation.

4. What are the selection criteria?
The Secretariat applies the selection criteria set out in subparagraph 3.2 in the Note S/228/2000. The project should

  • be problem-oriented, with direct relevance to the Member State concerned;
  • enable independent research teams to generate scientific results and/or; and
  • contribute to the strengthening of sustainable research programmes.

5. What items are supported under the programme?
A research grant is approved for acquisition of relevant consumables, viz, chemicals, accessories/spare parts and literature, and for meeting the cost of testing and field trials including collection of samples. The laboratory should have adequate infrastructure to conduct the research. The programme does not support cost of salaries or honoraria for research staff, acquisition of research equipment, hardware and other forms of investment.

6. What is the guiding document for this programme?
This programme is described in Secretariat note S/228/2000 dated 5 December 2000. The annex of the document contains the application form

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Contact information

Mr Sergey Zinoviev
Senior International Cooperation Officer
International Cooperation Branch
International Cooperation and Assistance Division
tel +31 70 416 3611
fax +31 70 416 3279
icb@opcw.org

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