Belarus has physics research centres with a good scientific basis, and is actively participating in both ATLAS and CMS. The contribution to CMS through JINR via the construction of the absorber for the Endcap Calorimeter is particularly significant, and in 2003 the MZOR plant obtained the CMS Gold award for this work. The same factory has also produced other equipment for ATLAS and CMS, while the Research Institute for Applied Physical Problems (Minsk) has contributed to the quality control process of the CMS crystals.
Belarus has a strong community of particle physicists who could benefit in the future from the technical contribution already made. CERN has an International Cooperation Agreement (ICA) directly with Belarus (signed in 1994), and its contribution to the LHC has been most effective in the framework of the RDMS collaboration, which will likely be maintained in the coming years. Recent contacts with Belarusian physicists and with the State Committee on Science and Technology (SCST) show that Belarus may be interested in participating in the LHC upgrade through their scientific-production centres, which have good potential in several technologies interesting for CERN. Belarus increased its participation in CERN programmes by joining the CLIC/CTF3 collaboration at the end of 2014.