Civilian Research and Development Foundation: Grants for Global Health

OVERVIEW: The Civilian Research and Development Foundation’s global health awards focus on research that encourages international collaboration in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases. 

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 biosecuritychemical security, and nuclear security, and global health. 

CRDFs global health security program seek to improve the “prevention, detection, and response to human and zoonotic diseases,” which CRDF considers a crucial priority for international security. The foundation’s Biosecurity program supports projects and programs focused on preventing serious harm to human and animal health.

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. 

PEOPLE:

  • Mike Dignam, President and CEO
  • Valerie Dethomas, Director, Biosecurity
  • Lea Blubaugh, Director, Grants and Procurement
  • Marilyn Pifer, Director, Research and Innovation
  • John Crockett, Senior Program Manager, Health
  • Scott McAlister, Associate Project Manager, Health
  • LINKS:

  • Grantmaking Approach
  • Public Health Program
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