Funding & Grants

Expanding and Diversifying Counter-proliferation Efforts (India)

Submission Deadline

Saturday, April 22 2023


Wednesday, February 22 2023


CRDF Global, with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Export Control and Border Security (EXBS) Program, will oversee a grant competition for organizations to leverage open-source tools to produce research, analysis, and/or enforcement tools related to the practical implementation of export controls, sanctions, and other international nonproliferation mechanisms.

Priority will be given to project proposals addressing key proliferation problem sets that are perpetuated by nation states that promote Weapons of Mass Destruction or provide support to terrorist proxies. These include, among other things, the use of paramilitary organizations for national border security, the forced or illicit acquisition of technologies for military aggression, unauthorized arms transfers or illegal trade in arms, unauthorized intangible technology transfers.

Creativity and innovation in the outputs of the proposed project is highly encouraged. Examples of proposed project outputs include (but are not limited to): a research paper with practical application such as informing policy or practices; due diligence and “Know Your Customer” guidance or protocols for local industries; a training module or model policy to protect intangible technology; a training module or software tool to enhance public procurement, financial controls, investment screening, etc.; a case study or visual aid to support policy analysis and/or advocacy around strategic trade controls and sanctions; data collection or analysis to map high-risk investments or transactions; an investigation to uncover hidden proliferation-related procurement activities; an investigation to uncover sanctions evasion practices; etc.

Grants are a one-time, eight-month award up to approximately USD $36,000 each.


  • Conduct an effort that enhances partner countries’ capacity to strengthen international nonproliferation regimes and norms through awareness raising, policy reform, enhanced enforcement procedures, or other.
  • Actively promote their effort through an event such as, but not limited to, a publication event, a roundtable, journal or workshops at relevant universities. Materials should primarily focus on impacting the community in India, and to be published and disseminated locally.


  • Applicants must be Indian nationals and residents of India to be eligible to apply.
  • Institutional and/or managerial approval is required for all applications to be considered for this competition.
  • Indian Institutions must be legally exempt from the FCRA Registration requirement and submit sufficient exemption documents or have the FCRA Registration and the correspondent bank account.
  • Applications must be submitted from Indian Universities, research institutions, think tanks, investigative journalists, and media outlets, Business Councils, Industry Associations who are FCRA Registered, or exempted.

Application Materials

A completed application and supporting documents with all application sections filled out, including:

  • Fully completed application form
  • A one-page abstract and proposed action plan describing the project objective, proposed methodology, brief review of existing work on the same topic (if any) and expected results. The abstract should be double-spaced in 12-point font no more than 900 words. The application should include specific plans on what kind of event or other method of research dissemination and promotion will be conducted.
  • Institutional letter of support
  • Proposed detailed budget: the primary sheet of the budget should be used to fill out the project budget. Any Institutional support should be filled out in the CostShare tab.
  • The curriculum vitae (CV) for each individual on the project team. The CVs should be sent as a single PDF document.
  • FCRA Registration or exemption documents

Application materials and research products must be submitted in English.