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TREATIES AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ACTS SERIES 13117

 

 

SCIENTIFIC COOPERATION

 

 

 

Memorandum of Understanding
Between the
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
and ICELAND

 

Signed at Reykjavik September 30, 2000

with

Annexes

 

 

 


 

NOTE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE

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(80 Stat. 271; 1 U.S.C. 113)—

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ICELAND

Scientific Cooperation

Memorandum of understanding
Signed at Reykjavik September 30, 2000;
Entered into force September 30, 2000.
With annexes.

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
BETWEEN
THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION of the
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
AND
THE ICELANDIC RESEARCH COUNCIL of the
REPUBLIC OF ICELAND
ON COOPERATION IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING RESEARCH
The National Science Foundation (NSF) of the United States of America and the Icelandic
Research Council (IRC) of the Republic of Iceland (hereinafter referred to as "the Parties");
Recognizing that the NSF and the IRC are responsible for funding research in science and
engineering in a way that promotes national goals;
Considering that promoting and strengthening scientific exchange and research cooperation
between scientists and scientific institutions will further these goals;
Noting that Iceland, with its geographical position and natural setting at the intersections of
major geospheric forces of global significance, offers unique opportunities for study of
geological and biological (Earth system) processes and their interaction with society; and
Recalling the exchange of correspondence between the Director of the NSF and the
Chairman of the IRC of September 1996, in which they reconfirmed the NSF's and the
IRC's strong interest in U.S.-Icelandic cooperation in basic research;
Desiring to promote cooperation between the two countries in areas of mutual scientific
benefit;
Agree as follows:
Article I
1. The Parties will promote, facilitate and coordinate joint and cooperative activities in
scientific and engineering research and related areas. Areas of emphasis for such activities
will be listed in Annex I to this Memorandum of Understanding (hereinafter referred to as
"Joint Activities").
2. "Joint Activities" shall be implemented on the basis of equality, reciprocity and mutual
benefit, and merit review through programs and facilities as may be agreed upon by the
Parties.
3. The Parties shall keep under review Joint Activities and may revise and update Annex
I as appropriate.
Article II
Joint Activities may include the following:
(a) conduct of joint and cooperative programs/projects;
(b) exchange of research scientists and engineers, including principal investigators
and post-doctoral scientists, and technical information and data;
(c) convening of joint scientific conferences, workshops and similar meetings for
scientific planning, analysis and evaluation; and
(d) development of human resources.
2. Detailed arrangements to set forth terms and conditions of Joint Activities will be made
by the Parties, as appropriate.
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Article III
1. The Parties shall establish the Joint Council for NSF-IRC Cooperation in Scientific
and Engineering Research (hereinafter referred to as "the Joint Council") to oversee and
coordinate Joint Activities.
2. Each Party shall designate a representative and alternate representative to the Joint
Council.
3. The Joint Council shall operate by consensus. The Joint Council shall work primarily
via electronic communications and correspondence to consult on any matters that may arise
from or in connection with Joint Activities. Meetings of the Joint Council will be convened
when deemed necessary by the Parties. Responsibility for planning, hosting and convening
the meetings of the Joint Council will be shared by the Parties on a reciprocal basis.
Article IV
1. The Parties shall take necessary measures so that scientific and technical information
and data of a non-proprietary nature derived from Joint Activities will be made available to
the international scientific community and to the public through customary channels and in
accordance with the normal procedures of the Parties or relevant entities.
2. The Parties shall take necessary measures so that technical data and goods furnished in
the course of Joint Activities will be governed by Annex II of this Memorandum of
Understanding.
Article V
Information transmitted by one Party to the other under this Memorandum of Understanding
shall be accurate to the best knowledge and belief of the transmitting Party, which may not
be liable for the content, or use of such information.
Article VI
The Parties shall consult, as appropriate, in respect of any matter that may arise from, or in
connection with, this Memorandum of Understanding.
Article VII
Cooperation between the Parties under this Memorandum of Understanding shall be subject
to the availability of appropriated funds and in accordance with the laws and regulations in
each country.
Article VIII
1. This Memorandum of Understanding shall enter into force upon signature by the
Parties and shall remain in force for a period of five years. This Memorandum of
Understanding shall be automatically renewed for further five-year periods, unless otherwise
decided by the Parties.
2. However, either Party may at any time give written notice to the other of its intention
to terminate this Memorandum of Understanding, in which case this Memorandum of
Understanding shall terminate six months after such notice has been given.
3. Termination of this Memorandum of Understanding shall not affect any activities of
the Joint Council initiated under this Memorandum of Understanding but not yet completed
at the time of termination unless otherwise agreed.
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4. This Memorandum of Understanding and its Annexes may be amended by written
agreement between the Parties.
For the National Science Foundation
of the United States of America:
For the Icelandic Research Council
of the Republic of Iceland:
Reykjavik, September 30, 2000
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ANNEX I
Scientific Areas of Initial Emphasis
Joint activities are expected to be undertaken initially on specific topics within the following
broad areas of research:
1. Geosciences (atmospheric, earth and ocean sciences);
2. Biological sciences (environmental biology, molecular biology, biodiversity,
microbiology, and biotechnology);
3. Arctic science and technology;
4. Global change;
5. Exchange of information on results of studies on trends in science and technology; and
6. Linking of Internet information services.
ANNEX II
Exchange of Data and Goods
Each Party to Joint Activities shall transfer to the other Party only those technical data and
goods necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the transferring Party under this
Memorandum of Understanding subject to the following conditions:
1. In the event a Party to a Joint Activity finds it necessary to furnish technical data that
are proprietary, and for which protection is to be maintained, such technical data will be
marked with a notice indicating that it shall be used and disclosed by the receiving Party,
institutions acting on its behalf, and its contractors and sub-contractors only for the purposes
of fulfilling the receiving Party's responsibilities for the implementation of the Joint
Activity, and that the technical data shall not be disclosed or retransferred to any other
person without prior written consent of the furnishing Party. The receiving Party shall abide
by the terms of the notice, and protect any such marked technical data from unauthorized use
and disclosure.
2. In the event a Party to a Joint Activity finds it necessary to transfer technical data and
goods that are export controlled, the furnishing Party shall mark such technical data with a
notice and identify such goods. The notice or identification shall indicate that such technical
data and goods shall be used, and such technical data shall be disclosed, by the receiving
Party, institutions acting on its behalf, and its contractors and sub-contractors only for the
purposes of fulfilling the receiving side's responsibilities for the implementation of the Joint
Activity. The notice or identification shall also provide that such technical data shall not be
disclosed, and such technical data and goods shall not be retransferred to any other person
without prior written consent of the furnishing Party. The Parties agree to abide by the terms
of the notice or identification and to protect any such marked technical data and identified
goods.
3. The receiving Party is under no obligation to protect any unmarked technical data or
unidentified goods. However, all technical data and goods exchanged will be used
exclusively for purposes of fulfilling the Parties' responsibilities for the implementation of
the Joint Activity.



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