Science and Technology Cooperation
Science, technology, and innovation are cornerstones of the American economy, and a dominant force in modern society and international economic development. The Office of Science and Technology Cooperation (STC) in the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) cultivates science, technology, and innovation ecosystems to support U.S. foreign and economic policy priorities. We leverage a wide variety of tools and foreign partnerships to strengthen science, technology, and innovation in a way that promotes open, transparent, and meritocratic systems of governance. We execute public diplomacy programs that promote the value of science to the general public, and we implement capacity building programs in emerging markets that train young men and women to become science and technology entrepreneurs, strengthening innovation ecosystems globally. Our efforts contribute to scientific enterprises that hasten economic growth and advance U.S. foreign policy priorities.
- Embassy Science Fellows Program: The Embassy Science Fellows Program – started in 2001 – places U.S. government scientists at U.S. overseas embassies to work on projects related to environment, science, technology, or health issues that will have significant positive impact on our bilateral relationship, host countries, and contribute to solving a real problem. Eighteen science agencies currently participate, and more than 450 Fellows have participated in the program since its inception. In 2016/17 58 Fellows will travel to 47 missions for one to three month temporary assignments.
- Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative: The Global Innovation through Science and Technology initiative – GIST – is the flagship U.S. government international program on innovation and entrepreneurship. GIST empowers young innovators to develop startup solutions and ideas into new ventures that transform their communities. GIST participants in 135 emerging economies can develop skills, build networks, find mentors, and access financing through a combination of in-country training, a global pitch competition, interactive online programming, and direct connections to U.S. experts. GIST helps create conditions for successful local entrepreneurship ecosystems and enables global youth to develop local solutions to local problems. Since 2011, GIST has engaged more than 2.8 million innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide and mentored over 5,500 startups that have generated more than $110 million in revenue.
- U.S. Science Envoy Program: The U.S. Science Envoy program leverages U.S. expertise in science to support foreign policy objectives and advance opportunity, prosperity, and security worldwide. The program engages eminent U.S. scientists and engineers to forge connections with foreign governments, businesses, universities, and the private sector and identify opportunities for sustained cooperation. The Envoys are world-renowned scientific experts in their respective fields and provide an influential mechanism for the U. S. Government to bring global attention to priority issues, thereby enabling foreign citizens the opportunity to collaborate directly with a premier American expert. Embassies facilitate meetings and engagements of the Envoy with a variety of stakeholders in order to maximize the diffusion of U.S. foreign policy priorities related to science, technology, and innovation. Science Envoys bring a wealth of knowledge and professional connections, and regularly create new research, funding and teaching opportunities for their home institutions, the U. S. Government and scientists abroad. Since 2010, 18 Envoys have traveled to 41 countries.
- Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Partnerships: The Department of State partners with U.S. and foreign governments and institutions to advance research and development efforts that improve the human condition, facilitate the exchange of scientific data and results, and protect intellectual property rights. Our priorities include policies that promote economic growth, encourage democratic principles, support the use of science for decision-making, promote innovation inclusivity and advance women in science, spark innovation, and enhance public understanding of the role of science in society. Mechanisms to do this include leading policy and technical meetings and trips, Science and Technology Agreements, and multilateral engagements in fora such as Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).