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Not-For-Profit Framework (NFPF)


We are using a new framework to work with not-for-profit organizations, such as academic and research institutions.

National defence labs, as well as academic, scientific and research institutions from within the NATO Nations, will be able to receive funding for work with the Agency under this new framework.

Through this enhanced cooperation with not-for-profit organizations, the Agency has more access to specialized skills, expertise and innovation along the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). At the same time, NATO will benefit from faster project delivery. NATO's perspective will also be brought into the work of the participating not-for-profit organizations across the NATO nations.

The framework complements existing cooperation and contracting processes with industry. NFPs will support the NCI Agency in its scientific programme of work, research and development studies, capability requirements, blueprints, change management or project and service provision assurance. To ensure integrity of NCI Agency procurements, organizations participating in the NFPF are excluded from participation in any tier of NCI Agency procurements addressed to industry and vice-versa.

The NFPF cooperation model is a two-step contracting procedure: 

  • Step 1: An agreement is signed between the NCI Agency and the not-for-profit organization to participate in the framework, subject to the provision of the NFPF Declaration of Eligibility by the NATO country of origin.
  • Step 2: Competitions for NFPF Task Orders will be conducted amongst the NFPF Agreement holders to support specific NCI Agency requirements.

Ready for Step 1?

Here is what you need to do next:

    A. Download the NFPF General Rules of Operation here.

    B. Request the template for the NFPF Agreement via the functional mailbox NFPF@ncia.nato.int

    C. Submit the NFP application to the NCI Agency, including:

      (1) filled-in NFPF Agreement template and
      (2) your NFP's expertise and skillset areas adopted from SFIA.

The Agency will subsequently request the NFPF Declaration of Eligibility via the respective national delegation to NATO. The NCI Agency must receive the Declaration of Eligibility to establish the NFPF Agreement.

The NCI Agency intends to launch the first NFPF competitions upon signature of the first five NFPF Agreements.