The mission of the Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology & Innovation (CADSTI) is to facilitate, catalyze and advance STEM education reform and technology innovation & entrepreneurship in the Caribbean, by mining and harnessing the diverse, dispersed and largely untapped talent of the Caribbean Diaspora in the areas of science and engineering. The goal is the promotion of economic diversification, and the advancement of public health, social and economic development, and prosperity for Caribbean people.
In particular, CADSTI supports the Caribbean Science Foundation, which is located in the Caribbean region, to stimulate and promote (a) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education reform, (b) research in science and engineering, and (c) technology entrepreneurship, in order to achieve its goals.
To achieve its mission, CADSTI is engaged in the activities outlined below:
- Connect with and catalogue key elements of the Caribbean Diaspora throughout the world.
- Identify the most critical needs of the region in collaboration with government and business leaders, national research councils and other experts throughout the region, and establish appropriate working groups to address these needs.
- Inform government, business and societal leaders of the results and broader societal implications of world quality research, particularly in areas of regional importance, which may currently be unfunded or funded at a sub-critical level.
- Mobilize global financial resources in support of the mission and objectives of the science and technology organizations of the region.
- Foster and support the training and development of future leaders through international fellowships, through the interchange of scientific information, and through strategic cooperation between the universities and centers of excellence in the region and those in foreign countries.
- Recommend and encourage the pursuit of national policies for the promotion of basic research and education in the sciences, medicine and applied technologies.
- Identify and support activities designed to increase the participation of regional innovators and entrepreneurs in science and technology, and to encourage joint venture research, development and commercial spin-offs between Caribbean based colleagues and those in the Diaspora.