Program to Build Partner Capabilities to Address Russian Malign Influence

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 Program to Build Partner Capabilities to Counter Russian Malign Influence (RMI) in the nonproliferation space seeks proposals that strengthen partner capacities to identify and respond to Russian active measures by:

• Enhancing international awareness of Russian active measures in the nonproliferation, security, and public health arenas;

• Enhancing technical detection capabilities of international nonproliferation stakeholders, in line with standards set out by the OPCW and international community;

• Building partner resilience in the nonproliferation, security, and public health arenas against hostile information environments, to include development of sustainable and strategic communication and inter-ministerial coordination plans;

• Strengthening foreign partners in the nonproliferation arena’s resilience through enhancing cybersecurity and cyberhygiene capabilities;

• Developing and strengthening regional and local networks of experts that seek to cooperatively and proactively deter, identify, and counter malign influence campaigns;

• Leveraging open-source information to help identify the Russian Federation’s networks involved in facilitating and carrying out its Chemical, Biological, and Radiological (CBR)-assassination plots;

• Increasing partner countries’ awareness of, and ability to identify and respond to, Russian malign influence - including Russian CBR assassination plots;

• Enhancing the ability of the government of Ukraine to defend itself against Russia's continued invasion through providing Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) response training, personal protective equipment, medical countermeasures, and critical infrastructure support.

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

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: typical awards may range from a minimum of $50,000 to $300,000

Funding Type





International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

January 31, 2024