Carnegie Corporation: Grants for Global Security

OVERVIEW: Carnegie takes a broad approach to international security, funding work on nuclear security, but also global power dynamics, peacebuilding, and emerging security threats. 

IP TAKE: An iconic funder in the security space, Carnegie is approachable and transparent; however, Carnegie tends to award to well-established academic and research institutions over grassroots organizations. 

PROFILE: The Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY) was founded a century ago to promote peaceful conflict resolution. Carnegie's International Peace & Security Program addresses the fundamental issues that were important to Andrew Carnegie when he founded the corporation—namely, ending war and finding ways to prevent conflict. The International Peace and Security program has five subprograms that address threats to global stability: Nuclear Security, Global Dynamics, Transnational Movements and Arab RegionPeacebuilding in Africa, and Research and Policy

Carnegie's excellent website features a grants database for grant seekers to begin their investigations. A few highlights:

CCNYs Nuclear Security program focuses heavily on arms reduction and nonproliferation in the U.S. and Russia. This program seeks to protect nuclear power plants and to support the safe disposal of spent fuel. Other potential avenues here are projects that focus on conflicts or potential conflicts that possess a nuclear dimension, such as North Korea and Iran.

The Global Dynamics program addresses shifts in emerging global powers and alliances, and the effect these shifts have on global harmony. Overall, the program aims to decrease the risk of global instability, and to address security related challenges focusing on Russia, China, and the Arab region.

CCNY’s Research and Policy aims to build knowledge and "integrate research with the policymaking process in order to facilitate policies that are empirically rooted, creative, and effective, particularly in the areas of IPS concerns."

Finally, CCNY awards security-related grants through its Peacebuilding in Africa program; however, these grants are awarded on a smaller scale than its other areas of focus. 

CCNY does accept unsolicited grant applications, but admits that it funds such applications on occasion. Well-established research organizations and universities tend to receive the few grants awarded in this field. 

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