Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) is a security clearance scheme introduced by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. The security clearance is required by those undertaking research at PhD level or above in certain sensitive subjects (including science, engineering, medicine and technology). Some nationalities are exempt from this scheme.

The ATAS clearance is intended to prevent the transfer of knowledge which could “develop, advance or support Advanced Conventional Military Technology or Weapons of Mass Destruction”.