Nuclear Challenges Grant Guidelines


We advance an ambitious strategy to reduce the nuclear threat, particularly by decreasing the availability of and reliance on weapons-useable nuclear material and by protecting and strengthening the overarching nuclear regime. 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.


Unsolicited proposals are not being accepted at this time. However, contact us to share new ideas or perspectives.


Updated May 2020

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