Funding & Grants

Emerging Research Security Leaders Grant Opportunities

Submission Deadline

Friday, May 03 2024


Wednesday, March 27 2024


CRDF Global, on behalf of The U.S. Department of State Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction, will oversee a small-grants competition eligible for attendees of the South American Research Security Consortium Workshop, conducted by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), who are members of the related research security consortium. Applicants should have support from their affiliated institution.

This competition aims to provide members of the South American Research Security Consortium with the funding to establish the consortium by facilitating actions that strengthen research security and develop a strong community of researchers to counter attempts to acquire dual-use research.

Grants are a one-time, six-month award. Institutions seeking grants must complete an application to be considered for selection. Required documents include an application, detailed budget, a copy of the national IDs or passports of all researchers on the team, and the CVs of all researchers on the team.


These three grant opportunities will support and empower the South American Research Security Consortium to develop a strong foundation to continue to advance research security in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru. In your application, please note which grant you are applying for.

  • Grant Opportunity One: Plan and host the first quarterly virtual meeting for the research security consortium. During the meeting consortium members will present their findings, lessons learned, and create a forum for knowledge transfer to the relevant policy community. The grantee(s) will also be responsible for planning and implementing the consortium’s first in-person research security conference.
  • Grant Opportunity Two: Develop original materials to brief stakeholders at your home institution on topics, themes, and best practices presented by SNL experts during the South American Research Security Consortium Workshop and preceding webinars. Grantee(s) will incorporate knowledge and lessons learned through their attendance at SNL events to develop briefing materials and suggest institutional policies to mitigate risks and threats to sensitive research, data, and technology. Selected grantee(s) will brief appropriate stakeholders at their home institution, and share lessons learned from material development and briefings at following consortium meetings.
  • Grant Opportunity Three: Develop and implement standard operating procedures (SOPs) and/or institutional best practice guides for Consortium member institutions. SOPs and/or best practice guides will cover institutional responsibilities in securing sensitive research, data, and technology such as; methods of research exploitation, identifying dual-use research of concern, research security best practices, cybersecurity for research security, risk management, and due diligence. Grantee(s) will share lessons learned in developing and implementing SOPs and/or best-practice guides at the research security conference.


  • Applicants may apply individually or as a team.
  • At least one member of the applicant team must have attended the in-person workshop on
    research security consortiums held by SNL.
  • Members of the grant team must be Argentinian, Brazilian, Chilean, or Peruvian nationals.
  • Institutional and/or managerial approval is required for applications to be considered for this
    competition for Institutional Grantees.
  • CRDF Global reserves the right to restrict the participation of any individual or institution in its
    programs. CRDF Global complies with all U.S. laws and regulations pertaining to export control
    and the participation of foreign nationals or institutions in its activities. It is the policy of CRDF Global not to conduct any transactions with U.S. restricted entities without appropriate authorization from the U.S. Government.

Application Materials

A completed application and supporting documents with all application sections filled out, including:

  • A letter of institutional support, demonstrating host-institution approval of the project.
  • A completed application form including all requested supporting documentation:
    • An abstract and proposed action plan, stating the purpose and goal of the project, possible and feasible ways to design, develop, and implement the project, and an impact statement. The abstract should be double-spaced in 12-point font no more than 900 words. The abstract, goals, and action plan of the grant application should closely match one of the three grant opportunities articulated above.
    • A project schedule detailing expected timelines, expected level of effort for each project
      milestone, and anticipated completion dates for the project.
    • Proposed detailed budget. The primary sheet should be used to fill out the project budget. Any Institutional support should be filled out in the Cost Share tab.
    • The curriculum vitae (CV) and passport or state-issued ID card for each individual on the project team.
    • Contact information for at least three professional references for the project team lead

Please send your application and any questions to: