Identifying and Mitigating Russian Chemical and Biological Threats (RCBT)

Funding Agency:
Department of State

The Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction (ISN/CTR) is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance awards through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). ISN/CTR sponsors foreign assistance activities funded by the Nonproliferation, Antiterrorism, Demining and Related Programs (NADR) and other accounts and focuses on mitigating weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and WMD-related delivery systems proliferation and security threats from non-state actors and proliferator states.

ISN/CTR’s Countering Russian Chemical and Biological Threats (C-RCBT) program supports efforts by the U.S. and its allies to help identify and inhibit Russian WMD proliferation programs. The world has witnessed high-profile Russian assassination attempts utilizing chemical weapons - including the 2018 attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the U.K., and the 2020 attempt against Aleksey Navalny in Russia. Consequently, the United States has issued a range of sanctions and designations in response to Russia’s proliferation and dissemination activities. Specifically, the U.S. Department of Commerce has publicly identified at least 19 Russian and Russian-linked entities that are believed to be associated with Russian chemical and biological weapons programs. Additionally, the U.S. Departments of Treasury and State have also designated Russian-linked entities associated with Russian chemical weapons development. To advance its chemical and biological weapons (CBW) proliferation efforts, the Russian Federation has developed intentionally complex procurement and beneficial ownership networks.

Applicants are only allowed to submit one proposal package per organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact as early as possible.

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2024

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

The following organizations are eligible to apply:  • Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations • Public and private educational institutions • Federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) • For-profit organizations Public International Organizations and Governmental institutions

Amount Description

Award Amounts: Awards should typically range between $50,000 to $300,000 per project

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International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

January 31, 2024