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About us

The International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) is an intergovernmental organization connecting scientists with their peers and research organizations in other countries.  The ISTC Headquarters is in Nur’Sultan, Kazakhstan. Current member governments include Armenia, the European Union, Georgia, Japan,  Kazakhstan, the Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Tajikistan, and the United States. Scientists from nearly 60 countries have participated in ISTC activities.

ISTC facilitates international science projects and assists the global scientific and business community to source and engage scientists and institutes that develop or possess an excellence of scientific know-how.

Under the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) Continuation Agreement, signed in 2015 and now ratified by all members, the ISTC operates globally from its Headquarters in Nur’ Sultan, Kazakhstan. The ISTC was originally established in Moscow by international agreement in November 1992 as a nonproliferation program. ISTC coordinates the efforts of numerous governments, international organizations, and private sector industries, providing scientists from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Georgia and other countries with new opportunities for sustainable, peaceful employment. The current Parties to ISTC are Armenia, the European Union, Georgia, Japan,  Kazakhstan, the Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Tajikistan, and the United States. ISTC activities fall in two broad categories: research projects, which employ scientists in the development of new science and technology (S&T), and Supplemental Programs, which include workshops and other events to integrate scientists in the global S&T and industrial communities; training. In the 20 years ISTC has been active over 70,000 scientists in more than 760 research institutes spread across CIS and Georgia have been engaged in ISTC projects and activities.



What we do

The principal activity through which the ISTC meets its objectives is through 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 receive ISTC funding benefit from the Center’s supporting programs such as travel grants, workshops, seminars, international conferences, and commercialization support.


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 while focusing expertise on peaceful R&D fields.


 ISTC Mission Statement:

·     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.

·     To support and manage R&D projects that address global problems and transition research to market-based economies for future sustainability.

·           To facilitate interactions and collaborations between scientists with their global counterparts.