Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research Grants

What is the aim of the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research Grants?

To conduct basic and applied research and development that enhances U.S. national security and reduces the global danger from the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and special nuclear materials through needs-driven research and development. The emphasis is on developing the requisite technologies to detect and deter nuclear proliferation and to meet U.S. nuclear detonation detection goals. Research focuses on advanced detection systems and concepts to support current and future USG policies.

Additionally, a separate, specific, award for the National Science and Security Consortium (NSSC) will be granted. This award will address the pressing shortfalls in trained professionals capable of supporting crucial nuclear nonproliferation missions such as nuclear forensics and international safeguards.

Who is Eligible to Apply for the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research Grants?

Universities (public and private), institutions of higher education with postdoctoral programs, and nonprofit non-government organizations (public and private) whose activities benefit the general public through results which are available to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), other U.S. government agencies, and universities and institutions of higher learning may apply.

How to Apply for the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research Grants?

The NNSA Service Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico issues Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) under which formal applications may be submitted by a scientist or principal investigator who will conduct or lead the research team.

The FOAs will be posted to which can be accessed at

How much is the Range and Average ofDefense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research Grants?

The expected range of Awards is approximately $200k to $999k for the lifecycle of the project. We anticipate one award of $15M (lifecycle) in support of the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium.

Where to Apply for the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research Grants?

Headquarters Office
Ivy D. Martin, 1000 Independence Ave SW, Washington , District of Columbia 20585
Phone: (202) 586-2246
Fax: (202) 586-0485
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