To set up an intergovernmental organization with the status of a diplomatic mission and dedicated to the prevention of the proliferation of expertise related to weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Research and development activities for peaceful applications by Ukrainian, Georgian, Uzbekistani, Azerbaijani, and Moldovan scientists and engineers (Recipients), formerly involved with development of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, as part of the general process of conversion to a civilian, market-oriented environment.
Grants for the so called Regular Projects or for Research Partnerships (STCU Partner Program, private companies, industry organizations, academic and non-government organizations, and government agencies and programs from Canada, European Union, and the USA may contract for research and development work with Azeri, Georgian, Moldovan, Ukrainian and Uzbek scientists and institutes.) The general objective is to facilitate the integration of former Soviet weapons scientists into the global scientific re-search and development community by encouraging peaceful and productive engagements in joint projects.
The Agreement was originally signed by Canada, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United States of America in 1993. Subsequently, Sweden was replaced by the European Union.
As of June 2009, the STCU employs over 4,400 scientists working on approximately 220 projects in the field (approx. 70% in Ukraine, the remainder in Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistan)