Civilian Research and Development Foundation: Grants for Global Security

OVERVIEW: Civilian Research and Development Foundation awards grants for biological, chemical, and nuclear security.

IP TAKE: This foundation seeks to deconstruct scientific silos. This may not be the funder for those who are not collaborative with peers.  

PROFILE: Based in Arlington, Virginia, the Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF Global) was established in 1995 as “an independent nonprofit organization that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration through grants, technical resources, training, and services.” The foundation has satellite offices in Arlington, Virginia; Amman, Jordan; and Kiev, Ukraine as it seeks to promote "safety, security, and sustainability through science and innovation." Its programmatic support invests in biosecurity, chemical security, and nuclear security.

CRDF's biosecurity program works to "prevent serious threats to animal and human health by focusing on unsecured biological materials, improperly maintained laboratories, and inadequately trained technicians." The program focuses on unsecured biological materials, improperly maintained labs, and poorly trained technicians.

The foundation’s chemical security program seeks to "spread of chemical weapons or upgrading laboratories." The program strives to keep "people safe from chemicals and chemicals safe from people." It focuses on strengthening chemical experts' capacity, making laboratories safer, and fostering collaboration.

Finally, its nuclear security program "involves more than nuclear weapons" and focuses on projects that improve nuclear security, combat nuclear terrorism, advance nonproliferation, and improve nuclear security education. The program emphasizes international collaboration in order to responsibly utilize a country’s nuclear capacity. Its efforts focus on "strengthening cultures of nuclear security, combating illicit trafficking and nuclear terrorism, and advancing nonproliferation and nuclear security education."

Grant amounts range from about $5,000 to over $600,000. CRDF does not offer grants for projects involving early childhood, primary, or secondary education. Moreover, grants are not awarded for fundraising activities, or military and/or weapons-related research. The foundation provides additional funding opportunities, which grantseekers should check often as they change often. In addition, CRDF offers both research fellowship and program management opportunities.

In general, CRDF does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. 


  • Valerie Dethomas, Director, Biosecurity
  • Andrew Parsons, Associate Director, Biosecurity
  • Robert Esler, Senior Program Manager, Biosecurity
  • Anna Chayko, Grants Manager
  • Khaled Bakleh, Director, Chemical Security
  • Dace Sarma, Program Manager, Chemical Security
  • Susan King, Director, Nuclear Security
  • Mark Jansson, Senior Program Manager, Nuclear Security