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: CRDF's public health grant-making is very competitive, which grantseekers should keep in mind.

PROFILE: 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.” The foundation’s public health related giving 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 ariety 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 vary widely, and range from about $5,000 to over $600,000. CRDF does not offer grants for projects that involve early childhood, primary, or secondary education. Additionally, the foundation does not support fundraising activities, or military and/or weapons-related research.

In general, CRDF 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
  • Andrew Parsons, Associate Director, Biosecurity
  • Anna Chayko, Grant Manager
  • Ashley Truxon, Communications Manager