Nonproliferation Scientist Engagement Program

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. An underlying aim of all ISN/CTR’s efforts is long-term sustainability to maximize programmatic impact while minimizing the need for foreign partners to rely on outside financial or technical assistance.

ISN/CTR administers the Nonproliferation Scientist Engagement Program (NSEP). The program provides near-term capacity-building and research support to Ukrainian and other former Soviet émigré civilian scientists, technicians, and engineers (STEs) with dual-use relevant expertise who are geographically displaced or otherwise rendered financially vulnerable to proliferator state exploitation due to Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine. The NSEP focuses narrowly on that subset of Ukrainian and émigré STEs who have scientific or engineering expertise that could be redirected and exploited by proliferator states or rogue actors to support nuclear, biological, chemical, or missile programs that could be used to attack the United States and our allies and partners. Via the following lines of effort, the NSEP seeks to provide near-term capacity-building and research support for a time-limited period to engage 1) displaced Ukrainian STEs wherever they currently reside (whether within Ukraine or abroad) on a virtual or hybrid basis and 2) émigré STEs from the former Soviet Union with dual-use relevant expertise. Efforts to relocate scientists are out of scope for the program.

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


Deadline: Jan. 31, 2024

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Priority Regions: This program prioritizes émigré scientists, technicians, and engineers with dual-use expertise who are currently located in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and other locations in Europe. The program also prioritizes Ukrainian scientists, technicians, and engineers with dual-use expertise wherever they reside, with a recognition that this community largely remains either within Ukraine or within the Eastern, Central, and Southern European region. Additionally, the program anticipates primarily engaging experts on a virtual basis in Ukraine, and on a virtual or hybrid basis in the Baltics and Eastern, Central and Southern Europe; the Southern Caucasus, and Central Asia. As a U.S. foreign assistance program authorized to deliver nonproliferation capacity-building abroad, the program does not engage Ukrainian or émigré STEs located in the United States, nor does the program support the relocation of Ukrainian or émigré scientists to the United States or any other location. The program does not fund the activity of experts from countries other than Ukraine or the former Soviet Union or train personnel at U.S.-based institutions. This program will NOT fund individuals or activities located within the Russian Federation or employed by the Government of the Russian Federation.

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 may range from a minimum of $200,000 to a maximum of $1,000,000

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

January 31, 2024