Through Nuclear Challenges, the Foundation advances 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. Nuclear Challenges provides 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.
Nuclear Challenges staff is committed to continual improvement of its grantmaking strategy by regularly engaging with independent experts, government officials, and private industry representatives from inside and outside of the nuclear sphere. It also relies on a cohort of internal and external advisors for input and guidance.
The Nuclear Challenges 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. Given its resource constraints, Nuclear Challenges rarely supports projects that are solely focused on direct implementation and/or training. To encourage new collaborations and identify opportunities to support organizations outside of its regular orbit, Nuclear Challenges issues open requests for proposals on an ad hoc basis.
While we are not accepting unsolicited proposals at this time, we are always eager to hear new ideas and perspectives.
Updated July 2018