ISTC Fact Sheet


• Provide weapons experts in the CIS the opportunity to redirect their talents to peaceful activities
• Contribute to the solution of national and international science and technology problems
• Reinforce the transition to market economies
• Support basic and applied research
• Promote integration of CIS scientists into global scientific community

Brief History

• ISTC is an intergovernmental organization founded by the European Union, Japan, Russia and the United States in November 1992; operations began in March 1994.
• Total member countries in the ISTC: 39

Activities and Operations (as of February 2012)

• 2,753 funded proposals, totaling $860.5M
• Over 74,530 scientists from Russia and the CIS have recieved grants from ISTC
•$529.5M paid in research grants in total
• Full range of supporting programs: commercialization and innovation; travel support; communication; intellectual property; competency building


• Governing Board includes as permanent members: Canada, European Union, Japan, Russian Federation, the United States
• ISTC Secretariat Headquarters in Moscow; regional offices in Yerevan, Minsk, Tbilisi, Almaty, Bishkek, and Dushanbe

Support to Nonproliferation Regimes

• Disposal of Weapons-Grade Plutonium
• Destruction of Chemical Weapons
• Support to Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
• Nuclear Material Control & Accounting

Updated Frbruary 2012