Visiting researcher programme - NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)


Fellowship & Research International Organizations

Location (s):

  • Italy
La Spezia


The CMRE Visiting Researcher Programme (VRP) offers the best and brightest students, university researchers and practicing professionals from NATO nations the opportunity to participate in a dynamic laboratory on the beautiful west coast of Italy, conducting research on subjects of interest to both the researcher and to NATO. Visiting Researchers will have access to CMRE equipment, facilities, and data, and will gain practical experience through collaboration with CMRE scientists and engineers.


Successful candidates will contribute to CMRE's core competencies and current projects. CMRE's core competencies include underwater acoustics, sensors and signal processing, ocean observation and prediction, operations research of complex systems, remote sensing and adaptive sampling, communication engineering, ocean engineering, information theory, cognitive science, autonomy and collective intelligence. Current research programmes based on these competencies include autonomous mine countermeasures, cooperative anti-submarine warfare, environmental knowledge and operational effectiveness, marine mammal risk mitigation and maritime security. Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the technical content of the Centre's current research efforts, and tailor their applications accordingly.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit a standard application form in response to CMRE's core competencies or occasional calls for specific assignment opportunities published at the CMRE Current Vacancies page. In addition, they may propose their own topic of research for consideration when aligning candidate interests with CMRE project requirements. To apply for the Visiting Researcher Programme, please submit completed applications in English and in electronic format to this email address. Applications are currently being accepted and will be periodically considered for existing project requirements.

Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)

Directed by Dr Catherine Warner, the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) is an established, world-class scientific research and experimentation facility that organizes and conducts scientific  research and technology development, centred on the maritime domain, delivering innovative and field tested Science & Technology (S&T) solutions to address defence and security needs of the Alliance. 

Delivering sea-proven maritime innovation and interoperability solutions.

The CMRE is an executive body of NATO's Science and Technology Organization (STO)along with the NATO Collaboration Support Office.

Located in La Spezia (Italy), the CMRE is built on more than 50 years of experience in its former establishments as the NURC and SACLANTCEN, and has produced a cadre of leaders in ocean science, modelling and simulation, acoustics and other disciplines, as well as producing critical results and understanding that have been built into the operational concepts of NATO and the Nations.

CMRE operates two research vessels that enable science and technology solutions to be explored and developed at sea. The largest of these vessels, the NATO Research Vessel Alliance, is an ice-capable global class vessel that is one of the world's quietest vessels, allowing for precision acoustic studies to be conducted at sea.


CMRE is NATO's knowledge repository for maritime S&T, offering a trusted platform for NATO Nations and partners to work together and to share science and technology. CMRE provides a science and technology framework through which NATO realizes the benefits of ownership by enforcing the values of the Alliance while reducing risks, costs, and aligning national interests and ambitions. The intellectual capital thus generated has great value in creating operational advantage and equipping the future force.

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Description of Ideal Candidate:

Visiting Researchers (VR)  fall into three categories:

  • Research Interns (RI) must be full time undergraduate students.
  • Research Fellows (RF) must hold a University Degree (Bachelor or Master Degree), but do not meet the qualifications as a VS.
  • Visiting Scientists  (VS) must hold a Ph.D. and possess at least 2 years post Ph.D. work experience in the field. Alternatively, a graduate degree and minimum 4 years work experience in the field will be considered as commensurate experience.

Candidates must be at least 21 years old to enter the Visiting Researcher Programme.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

  • RI will receive a monthly stipend of 1,000 EURO. Research Interns are responsible for arranging their own health and accident insurance.
  • RF will receive a monthly stipend of  2,545.81 EURO. In addition, they will also receive 12% of the monthly stipend as Centre's liability in respect of social benefits (e.g., pension) and 1.72% of the monthly allowance as centre's contribution for medical and accident insurance. For the FY 2015, the resulting total monthly amount is 2,895.10 EURO.
  • VS will receive a monthly stipend of 3,998.44 EURO. In addition they will also receive 12% of the monthly stipend as Centre’s liability in respect of social benefits (e.g., pension) and 1.72% of the monthly allowance as centre’s contribution for medical and accident insurance. For the FY 2015, the resulting total monthly amount is 4,547.03 EURO.
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