Office of International Affairs
Dr. Claire M. Saundry
The Foreign Guest Researcher Program offers scientists from around the world the opportunity to work collaboratively with NIST scientists.
Foreign guest researchers at NIST fall into three categories:
The Foreign Guest Researcher Program is managed by the Office of International Affairs (OIA). Once you have been accepted into a NIST research program, your laboratory host and OIA staff can assist during your stay at NIST.
OIA provides assistance with:
In 1995, the Government of the United States of America signed a cooperative science and technology agreement. The United States and Egypt contribute equally each year to a joint fund which support cooperative activities under this agreement. A Joint Board has been established which is responsible for the technical review of joint proposals. Project awards are made on a competitive basis.
This program was not established to provide the primary source of funds for domestic research, rather, the funds are intended to support add on costs of bilateral cooperation, such as transportation, equipment, per diem, and to provide for exchange visits with U.S. collaborating scientists. Each project must have a U.S. and Egyptian participant. Under this program, most awards are made for three years.
For more information, please contact Dr. Claire M. Saundry.
MISSION: To stimulate, promote, and support industrial Research and Development of mutual benefit to the United States and Israel.
BIRD supports US-Israel company partnerships dedicated to developing and commercializing non-defense-related innovative products or processes. The conditional grants are paid directly to the participating companies. BIRD funds 50 percent of the companies' expenses in developing a product to the stage of commercial readiness. BIRD funding is provided in the form of a conditional grant, which does not entitle BIRD to equity or intellectual property rights. If the project is a commercial success, the Foundation receives repayments -a pretax expense to the grantee- up to a maximum of 150 percent of the conditional grant.
Financial support for BIRD is derived from two sources: interest earned on the $110 million endowment granted in equal parts by the United States and Israeli governments, and repayment income from companies participating in successful BIRD-funded projects.
OIA serves as the primary point of contact for all visits of foreign nationals to NIST. OIA coordinates short term visits of foreign visitors. OIA does not routinely provide scheduled tours for international visitors. However, as requested, specific technical meetings may be coordinated according to the interests of the visitor(s). A two week advance notice is requested.
For further information regarding the NIST Foreign Visitor Program, please contact Ms. Joy Foster.