Funding & Grants

Emerging Research Security Leaders Grant Opportunities

Submission Deadline

Tuesday, October 31 2023


Thursday, August 24 2023


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 African Research Security Consortium Workshop, conducted by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), who are members of the related research security consortium. This competition aims to provide members of the Nigerian 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, a 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. Applicants should have support from their affiliated institution.


  • 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 Nigerian 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;
        • A one-page 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 five 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 of the budget should be used to fill out the project budget. Any Institutional support should be filled out in the CostShare tab. The curriculum vitae (CV) and passport or state-issued ID card for each individual on the project team.
        • Contact information for at least two professional references for the project team lead.

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