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Science and Technology Cooperation

“Science, engineering, technology and innovation are the engines of modern society and a dominant force in globalization and international economic development.”

-- 2010 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review 

Date: 2014 Description: OES Assistant Secretary of State Kerri-Ann Jones visits Trinity College Dublin in Ireland to observe a R&D Partnership project on repairing bone and soft ligament tissues. - State Dept Image

Science, technology, and innovation are a cornerstone of the American economy and are invaluable tools for engaging our foreign partners.

The Office of Science and Technology Cooperation (OES/STC) uses science to advance U.S. foreign policy and foster a global environment where invention, innovation, and industry thrive. We engage foreign partners on science policy issues that support 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 that train young men and women to become technology entrepreneurs. In time, our efforts will build scientific enterprises that hasten economic growth and social development.

We are responsible for over 50 binding bilateral and multilateral Science and Technology Agreements that provide the framework for international collaboration. These agreements provide a mechanism for critical research and development efforts that improve the human condition, facilitate the exchange of scientific data and results, protect intellectual property rights, and establish partnerships with counterpart institutions abroad.

We also engage partner countries to discuss a range of science policy issues that promote economic growth, encourage democratic principles, and support the use of science for decision making. Specific science policy priorities include advancing women in science, fostering innovation, and enhancing public understanding of the role of science in society.

Examples of our activities include:

The U.S. Science Envoy program: The U.S. Science Envoy program recruits eminent scientists and engineers to promote university-industry partnerships, highlight the value of science-based decision-making, and advocate for increased collaboration between the United States and foreign partners in South America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

The Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative: GIST strengthens innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems through programs and partnerships focused on networking, skills development, and financing. GIST empowers youth across emerging economies across the globe to develop new science and technology-based products and companies that address economic and development challenges.


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