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 organization emphasizes collaboration amongst all key stakeholders including international organizations, government entities, the private sector, and the nonprofit sector.

PROFILE: The Civilian Research and Development Foundation, also known as 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.” CRDF’s global health grantmaking supports groups that work to increase the capacity of the global health workforce, strengthen lab systems, and those helping to build increasingly resilient communities in regard to their response to public health emergencies.

CRDFs Global Health Security programs 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 vary widely, and can range anywhere from around $5,000 to over $600,000. CRDF does not offer grants for fundraising activities, or military and/or weapons-related research.

In general, the foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. However, it keeps an up-to-date list of current funding opportunities on its website.


  • 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