1a. Objectives (from AD-416)
To fund research projects, proposal development travel, and general program costs at the ISTC in support of the ARS - Former Soviet Union Scientific Cooperation Program. Funds originate from the Department of State and are used to engage former weapons scientists in the former Soviet Union (FSU) in peaceful, agricultural projects.
1b. Approach (from AD-416)
The ISTC will fund the Russian, Kazakh and Tajik sides of approved ARS research projects and provide oversight and coordination of these project. Individual projects will be implemented through individual project agreements signed by the ISTC, and FSU and ARS/EAD. ARS scientists from multiple locations will develop the proposals with FSU scientists and serve as collaborators throughout the life of the project.
3. Progress Report
This report serves to document research conducted under an Assistance Type Cooperative Agreement between ARS and International Science and Technology Center (ISTC). This agreement replaces Agreement # 58-210-5-172F. The objective of the agreement is to fund research projects, proposal development travel, and general program costs at the ISTC in support of the ARS – Former Soviet Union Scientific Cooperation Program. Each year ARS receives funds from the Department of State Bio-Chem Redirect Program to engage former Soviet chemical and biological weapons (CBW) scientists to redirect their efforts to peaceful, agricultural research and help reduce the risk of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The ISTC implements and oversees these projects in several FSU republics. Reporting for FY09 can be found under Project Number 0210-22310-002-88M.