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The U.S. - Egypt Science and Technology (S&T) Joint Fund was established under an agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt to strengthen scientific and technological capabilities between both countries.

To support activities of the Joint Fund, each country jointly matches funds provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MHESR). The program is implemented in the U.S. by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and in Egypt by the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF).

The objectives of this cooperation are to help Egypt and the U.S. expand relations between the two scientific and technological communities, utilize science and apply technology by providing opportunities to exchange ideas, information, skills, and techniques, and to collaborate on scientific and technological endeavors of mutual interest to promote economic development.

The Joint Fund is governed by the U.S. - Egypt Joint Board composed of six members each from the U.S. and Egypt, as detailed in the Agreement. It determines priorities among fields of cooperative activities based on mutual interests of both countries, recommends overall policies for the program, identifies areas and forms of cooperation, and approves the cooperative activities to receive funds. In so doing, the Joint Board shall consider the needs and capabilities of scientific and technological communities including the private sector in each country.

Joint Fund grants provide financial resources to support the add-on costs of bilateral cooperation. Applications submitted to the Joint Board should include strong elements of mutual interest and benefit, high scientific quality, and potential developmental impact on economy and society. Joint activities should be carried out in accordance with international obligations, national laws and regulations of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the United States of America.


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