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National Security Archive Fund

Washington, D.C.

National Security Archive Fund was awarded $5,720,000 between 1999 and 2016, including 7 grants in Human Rights, MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions, and Nuclear Challenges.


2016 • 2 years • Nuclear Challenges

Founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars to check rising government secrecy, the National Security Archive (NSA) combines a unique range of functions: investigative journalism center; research institute on international affairs; library and archive of declassified U.S. documents; leading non-profit user of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); public interest law firm; global advocate of open government; and indexer and publisher of former secrets. NSA conducts systematic and targeted use of FOIA and Mandatory Declassification Review processes to open historic and current policy documents from U.S. government files on the threat of weapons-usable materials, on U.S. and multinational efforts to control those materials, on the critical problem of a growing global supply of plutonium, and on the time-sensitive case of the U.S.-Japan reprocessing agreement that expires in July 2018. Expected outcomes include newly uncovered government documents that contribute to the scholarly record and inform policy discussions of weapons-usable materials controls.


2013 • 3 years • Human Rights

An independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University, The National Security Archive maintains the world’s largest non-governmental collection of declassified documents (obtained through the Freedom of Information Act) and combines a range of functions including investigative journalism, research, and public interest law. MacArthur funding will support the Archive’s work on the use of declassified government documents in advancing international human rights and nuclear security through the Human Rights Evidence Project; the Genocide Prevention Project; the Nunn-Lugar Project; and the Nuclear Security Documentation Project.


2010 • 3 years • Human Rights

To support the International Human Rights Evidence Program (over three years).


2003 • 3 years

In support of general operations (over three years).


2001 • 1 year

In support of research, analysis, and public education to protect civil liberties.


2000 • 2 years, 11 months

To foster greater transparency in U.S. foreign policy and intelligence operations and for special projects in Mexico and Cuba (over three years).


1999 • 1 year • MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

To establish a reserve fund.

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