International S&T Cooperation
"[M]y administration is ramping up participation in—and our commitment to—international science and technology cooperation across the many areas where it is clearly in our interest to do so." -- President Obama at the National Academy of Sciences, April 27, 2009
OSTP Director John P. Holdren and India's Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology Dr. T. Ramasmi present awards to three grant winners from the U.S-Indian Endowment Board -- which promotes joint activities that lead to innovation and techno-preneurship through the application of science and technology. (Official US State Department Photo)
In accordance with the National Science and Technology Policy, Organization, and Priorities Act of 1976, OSTP, through its National Security and International Affairs Division, works to “further international cooperation in science and technology.” OSTP, in coordination with the State Department, represents the United States in bilateral and multilateral meetings with foreign nations, and works closely with government science agencies, independent research and scientific institutions, and non-governmental organizations to promote S&T initiatives and strengthen global science cooperation. Furthermore, OSTP works to ensure that scientists in the United States and around the world benefit from working collaboratively and gaining access to cutting-edge facilities and innovations. OSTP also worked with the State Department to establish the Science Envoy program and with US Agency for International Development on the Center of Excellence deliverables from President Obama’s Cairo speech in June 2009.
Joint Commission Meetings & International S&T Engagements:
To enhance science and technology cooperation, the OSTP Director chairs Joint Commission Meetings on a regular basis with six partner nations: Brazil, China, India, Japan, Korea, and Russia. OSTP also regularly engages with the international S&T community to improve collaboration and increase opporunities for productive cooperation.
Recent and upcoming meetings:
- Fall, 2013: U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue
- October, 2013: Multilateral Meeting of the G8+5+European Union Advisors and Ministers for S&T
- July, 2013: U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue
- June, 2013: Multilateral Meeting of G8 Science Advisors
- April, 2013: U.S.-Japan Meeting of the Joint High Level Committee
- April, 2013: U.S. - Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Science and Technology Working Group
- June, 2012: U.S.-India Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation
- May, 2012: U.S.-China Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation
- March, 2012: U.S.-Brazil Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation
Science Envoys Program:
In 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the first three Science Envoys—independent scientific experts who commit to travel abroad in their capacity as private citizens and advise the White House, U.S. Department of State, and scientific community about the insights gained from their experiences. In November, 2012, Secretary Clinton announced three new Envoys, representing the third cohort of the Envoys program: Professor Bernard Amadei, Professor Susan Hockfield, and Professor Barbara Schaal. Previous Envoys have visited 19 countries, including Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Azerbaijan.
State Department website about Environment, Science, Technology, and Health (ESTH) Officers
First Anniversary of President Obama's Cairo Speech: One year after President Obama's historic 2009 speech in Cairo, in which he launched an Initiative on Science and Technology Engagement with the Muslim World, OSTP engaged in a series of events to recognize progress made toward advancing Administration efforts in this domain.
- One Year of Activities: A Fact Sheet (pdf)
- OSTP Director John P. Holdren's Remarks (pdf)
- Conference Marks One-Year of Work Following President Obama's Speech
- Visit the National Academies website to listen to the meeting