There are three main ways in which the Authority seeks to carry out its responsibilities under articles 143 and 144 of the Convention to promote marine scientific research in the Area and to encourage capacity building of developing States in deep sea research and technology.
The ISA/Contractors Training programme
Contractors with the Authority have a legal obligation to provide and fund training opportunities for trainees from developing States and the personnel of the Authority. The legal basis for the requirement stems from the provisions of the Convention and the 1994 Agreement and is set out in the standard terms of contracts. The purpose of the obligation is to ensure that personnel from developing States are provided with appropriate operational expertise to enable them to participate in deep seabed mining. The training programme is generally formulated following negotiations between the Authority and the contractor, in accordance with the recommendations for guidance issued by the Legal and Technical Commission, and included as schedule 3 of the contract for exploration.
The Endowment Fund
The Endowment Fund for Marine Scientific Research in the Area aims to promote and encourage the conduct of marine scientific research in the Area for the benefit of humankind as a whole, in particular by supporting the participation of qualified scientists and technical personnel from developing countries in marine scientific research programmes and offering them opportunities to participate in training, technical assistance and scientific cooperation programmes.
- The ISA internship programme
This programme is twofold: (a) to provide a framework through which students and young government officials from diverse academic backgrounds gain exposure to the work and functions of the ISA to enhance their educational experience and/or gain experience in the work of the ISA; and (b) to enable ISA to benefit from the assistance of qualified students and young government officials specialized in various skills within the scope of activities of the ISA.