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Chapter: Appendix M: Next Steps to Market Program of the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix M: Next Steps to Market Program of the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation." National Research Council. 2004. Science and Technology in Armenia: Toward a Knowledge-Based Economy. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11107.
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Appendix M
Next Steps to Market Program of the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF)

The CRDF Next Steps to Market (NSTM) Program

  • Promotes the development of new, sustainable business opportunities in science and technology in the former Soviet Union (FSU) that will bring economic benefit both to the countries of the FSU and to the United States; and

  • Funds collaborative R&D projects that allow U.S. for-profit companies and FSU universities, institutes, and companies to perform market research, develop business plans, and perform the pre-commercial R&D necessary to prepare selected technologies for the commercial market.

The NSTM Project Grants Program funds advanced R&D projects with a maximum duration of two years.

NSTM grants require a cost share from the U.S. company to ensure that the company is committed to the project and to establishing a long-term partnership with the FSU researchers involved.

CRDF NSTM grants are technical assistance grants, and, as such, funds and materials provided under the award are generally exempt from taxation in the countries of the FSU.

SOURCE: www.crdf.org.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix M: Next Steps to Market Program of the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation." National Research Council. 2004. Science and Technology in Armenia: Toward a Knowledge-Based Economy. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11107.
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An NRC ad hoc committee analyzed the current status and future development potential of Armenia’s science and technology base, including human and infrastructural resources and research and educational capabilities. The committee identified those fields and institutions offering promising opportunities for contributing to economic and social development, and particularly institutions having unique and important capabilities, worthy of support from international financial institutions, private investment sources, and the Armenian and U.S. governments. The scope of the study included both pure and applied research as well as education in science-related fields. The committee’s report addresses the existing capacity of state and private research institutions, higher education capabilities and trends, scientific funding sources, innovative investment models, relevant success stories, factors hindering development of the science sector, potential domestic Armenian customers for scientific results and products, and opportunities for regional scientific collaboration. An Armenian language version of the report is also available.

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