Nuclear Challenges Grant Guidelines


Through our Nuclear Challenges Big Bet capstone, we have sought to build a stronger and more diverse nuclear field through a three-year, $30 million capstone investment. In 2022, we made our final capstone grants, and all grant projects are expected to finish in 2024.

What We Fund

Our capstone investment is focused on strengthening and diversifying the nuclear field. We provide support to a broad range of nongovernmental institutions including universities, think tanks, and research centers from around the world. Individuals are not eligible to receive support unless they are affiliated with or sponsored by an institution.

We are committed to continual improvement of our grantmaking strategy by regularly engaging with independent experts, government officials, and private industry representatives from inside and outside the nuclear sphere. We also rely on a cohort of internal and external advisors for input and guidance.  

Our portfolio is comprised of a variety of awards—from targeted rapid response projects lasting a few months or less, to multi-million-dollar, multi-year grants in support of general operations. A given award tends to include policy-relevant scholarship, stakeholder engagement, and/or outreach and dissemination of policy prescriptions.


Although we have made our final grants under this program and are no longer accepting proposals, we are always eager to hear your thoughts on relevant issues. 

Updated May 2023

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