Initiatives

Network Of Foreign Ministry Science And Technology Advisers

The Network of Foreign Ministry Science and Technology Advisers is designed to cultivate a strong and durable international network of science advisers to foreign ministers to promote closer linkages between the science and technology (S&T) and foreign policy communities. The Network recognizes that traditional diplomacy increasingly impacts and is impacted by broader trends in science and innovation, and engaging nations through science diplomacy is an important component of a nation’s smart engagement strategy.  It focuses on four areas: 1) Raising awareness of the importance of enduring S&T advisory capabilities in foreign ministries, 2) Sharing best practices and lessons learned in building S&T advisory capacity; 3) Activities to strengthen S&T advisory capacity in foreign ministries and 4) Coordinating respective S&T diplomacy activities.  

S&T Fellowships

E/STAS manages a variety of fellowship programs that bring Ph.D.-level scientists and engineers to work at the Department of State for 1-2 years. The aim is to foster scientifically informed, evidence-based policy and practice by engaging scientists and engineers from a broad range of disciplines, backgrounds, and career stages to directly contribute their knowledge and analytical skills to the federal government. The 2010 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review recognized the need to marshal technical expertise to solve 21st century problems through expanded fellowships such as these Science Fellow programs. More»

Science Diplomacy

E/STAS works closely with the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) and other regional and public affairs/diplomacy offices to engage with publics both domestic and abroad on issues of science, technology, and innovation.  Science engagement is an indispensable tool of U.S. diplomacy to build relationships and strengthen ties with countries and regions viewed as foreign policy priorities.  Science and Technology Policy Fellows have been recruited to add speaking engagements to their international travel, and E/STAS and its partners are working to offer speaking opportunities to more of the U.S. scientific and engineering communities.

Networks of Diasporas in Engineering and Science (NODES)

NODES is a partnership that seeks to support science and engineering diaspora networks by sharing best practices and knowledge, convening diaspora groups, and catalyzing their growth by linking them with useful institutions and tools so that these knowledge networks can have greater impact in their country of origin and in the United States. More»

Emerging and Transformational Technologies

Science and technology are critical elements for many aspects of U.S. diplomacy.  The speed of innovation is rapidly increasing; therefore, E/STAS works with U.S. and international science and technology leaders to understand and report on the impacts of emerging research and development enhancing the agency’s technological capacity and supporting U.S. foreign policy priorities.  E/STAS and its partners analyze and advise how this foresight can inform present-day decision-making.

U.S. Philanthropies Working Group on Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation with Cuba

The policy change with Cuba has increased the ability for American and Cuban experts to collaborate on important science and technology issues of mutual interest such as sister parks, oceans conservation and disease monitoring and reduction.  Foundations and philanthropies in the United States have been critical to the funding of a wide range of joint research projects.  The Department of State, through the Office of the Science Adviser to the Secretary of State, leads the convening of a working group with U.S.-based philanthropies and the scientific community to investigate areas where they might work to enhance collaboration between our two research communities to tackle common challenges. More»

LAUNCH

E/STAS in partnership with NASA, USAID, NIKE, and Second Muse, coordinates the LAUNCH Global open innovation platform that identifies and showcases innovative approaches to sustainability challenges that address global issues.  LAUNCH Global provides an opportunity to support our nation’s most important diplomatic and development objectives, as well as support innovators and entrepreneurs in the fields most critical to sustainable international development.  This platform unearths solutions to the world’s most pressing issues by accelerating ideas and products, and forming an elevating entrepreneurial ecosystem around transformational innovators.  The Department of State’s approach to world issues and the Secretary’s focus on partnerships facilitates better engagement with communities and people around the planet.

Pakistan-U.S. Science and Technology Cooperation Program

E/STAS works with partners in the Government of Pakistan and other bureaus at State and USAID to support the Pakistan-U.S. Science and Technology Cooperation Program. The program awards competitive grants to supports joint projects in fields of science, engineering, and health, strengthening cooperation between the U.S. and Pakistan, and supporting Pakistani development goals. Over 10,000 Pakistanis have received research and technical training in a wide range of development-related research and practical fields in projects supported by the program. More»