Civilian Research and Development Foundation: Grants for Public Health

OVERVIEW: The Civilian Research and Development Foundation’s public health related grantmaking focuses on research that fosters international collaboration to prevent, diagnose, and treat 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. 

The foundation’s public health-related giving, conducted through its global health program, supports “research that promotes collaboration between scientists in the U.S. and aboard to better prevent, diagnose, and treat global diseases.” According to CRDF Global, it supports a variety of global health concerns, which includes but is not limited to HIV/AIDS, infant health, tuberculosis research, drug abuse, water-borne pathogens, and regional infectious disease prevention and surveillance.

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. 


  • Mike Dignam, President and CEO
  • Valerie Dethomas, Director, Biosecurity
  • Andrew Parsons, Associate Director, Biosecurity
  • Anna Chayko, Grant Manager
  • Ashley Truxon, Communications Manager