Smith Richardson Foundation—International Security & Foreign Policy Program

March 06, 2021

The objective of the International Security and Foreign Policy Program is to assist the U.S. policy community in developing effective national security strategies and foreign policies. The Foundation is committed to supporting projects that help the policy community face the fundamental challenge of ensuring the security of the United States, protecting and promoting American interests and values abroad, and enhancing international order. 

The Foundation is supporting efforts to help U.S. policymakers improve the country’s national security and foreign policy capabilities. The Foundation has developed portfolios of projects on the evolving politics of the Middle East. These have included assessments of the actors shaping the politics of Iran, the future of Turkey’s foreign policy, and the role of security services in Pakistan. The Foundation has expanded its grantmaking on the internal evolution of major powers in Asia, including China, India, and South Korea, as well as on the prospects for conflict among these countries. In terms of informing the debate over U.S. policy, the Foundation has supported efforts to help security analysts identify ways that the United States can continue to play its essential world role at a time of constrained budgets. Foundation grantmaking has also sought to highlight the emergence of new challenges, such as cyber-attacks, and to consider policy steps to combat those threats.   

The Foundation also provides funding to foster the next generation of scholars and analysts and underwrites historical research with implications or lessons for current policy. For more than a decade, the Foundation has provided research grants to junior faculty and junior-level analysts in the think tank community. The Foundation also sponsors the World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship Program, to support doctoral graduate students who are pursuing policy-relevant research projects in their dissertations. 

Dollar Amount: Varies 

Deadline: Rolling (Concept Paper) 

Concept Paper Guidelines: A concept paper should be between three and six pages in length. It should begin with a one-page data sheet listing all the essential information pertinent to a grant request, including the project title, an estimated grant amount, project start and end dates, and the name and contact information for the principal investigator. Concept paper submissions should adhere to the requirements described in the concept paper template. 

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