The role of the International community in bringing NFSAT to life cannot be overestimated. The international community's support was realized through the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF). We cannot but express our gratitude to the friendly and generous staff of CRDF, having proven once again that science is a universal phenomenon.

Harutyun A. Karapetyan,
Founding President and CEO of NFSAT

U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF)
The U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) is a unique public-private partnership created to facilitate scientific and technological cooperation between the United States and countries of the Former Soviet Union (FSU). It is a private, non-profit, charitable organization authorized by the Congress and established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1995. Goals of CRDF are:

  • To provide scientists and engineers in FSU with productive R&D opportunities that offer professional alternatives to emigration and thereby help prevent the weakening of the scientific and technological infrastructure in those countries.
  • To promote the transition of FSU research institutes, scientists, and engineers from defense-oriented activities to civilian research.
  • To assist in the establishment of a market economy in the countries of the FSU.
  • To provide mechanisms for FSU scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs to better understand commercial entrepreneurial business practices.
  • To provide access for U.S. business to technologies, talent, and markets in the FSU.

CRDF Key Focus Areas
CRDF takes a holistic approach to building a sustainable global scientific community. Starting in Eurasia and now expanding, the Foundation integrates governments, universities, research institutions, the private sector and former weapons scientists in its range of programs.

Cooperative Research
Crucial to the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation's (CRDF) mission is the promotion of international scientific cooperation. CRDF operates a number of initiatives to foster international collaboration in science, technology and industry. More than a decade after the collapse of the Soviet Union, thousands of highly-trained scientists and engineers are continuing to command the attention of the world community.

Industry Partnerships
Building upon this technical and scientific base, the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) is fostering the growth of innovation economies throughout the region. For over a decade, this work has helped change the economic opportunities in Eurasia and produced high-value for American businesses-making both Eurasian and American firms more locally and globally competitive.

Science Education & Infrastructure
The U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation is working to improve the conditions for conducting scientific research and education in many of the countries of Eurasia, which are still feeling the effects of the post-Soviet emigration of scientists, and a historical lack of research and training opportunities for university science students, which together pose a long-term challenge to technologic growth and stability.

CRDF has spent its first decade conducting programs to provide meaningful civilian work alternatives to former weapon scientists. While other efforts center upon securing loose nuclear, biological and chemical materials, CRDF works to prevent the proliferation of relevant technical knowledge. CRDF programs include funding research, institution building, and facilitating collaboration opportunities with the international scientific and business communities. In addition, CRDF's Nonproliferation Initiatives (NPI) program develops and implements innovative ways to encourage the participation of former WMD scientists in CRDF grant programs and provides small, targeted grants and financial support for projects and activities to assist former WMD scientists seeking to make a sustainable transition to the civilian sector.

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