U.S. Department of State
July 16, 2017, 11:59 PM Brussels time
The Office of the Public Affairs Advisor (PAA) at the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Mission to NATO (USNATO) invites not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations and think-tanks that focus on international affairs, defense and security issues, and U.S. and European relations to submit project proposals which encourage public discussions and creative public engagements in Europe on the major theme of “Turning NATO’s Words into Action After the Brussels Meeting.
USNATO seeks proposals that illustrate how to adapt NATO’s strategic focus on deterrence and defense, and projecting stability with specific emphasis on burden sharing, counterterrorism, cyber security, and other outcomes from the Brussels May Meeting. To successfully communicate these policies, the alliance and its stakeholders will need to explain and debate these issues with policymakers, media, and their public in the coming period. USNATO is seeking proposals that will outline how the alliance can transform intent into actions and programs that NATO and its member states can implement. Specifically, we are referring to initiatives that relate to the strategic direction coming from the Brussels meeting; as well as how member states can honor their defense investment pledges, ways the alliance can support counterterrorism efforts, and novel methods to support cyber defense commitments including ways to blunt disinformation. We look forward to reviewing proposals from partner institutions that discuss some or all of these important NATO-related topics. Additional topics that may be of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Pledges on defense investment;
- National plans to reach the 2% and 20% thresholds;
- The NATO-Russia relationship;
- Methods to identify and combat disinformation as well as approaches to evaluating the efficacy of those methods
- NATO’s efforts in the south and east;
- NATO partnerships and cooperative security
- Collaboration with European Union and other international institutions
- Looking South—Gulf Cooperation Council, African Union;
- Countering Hybrid Warfare;
- Strengthening cybersecurity;
- Women in peace and security.
Please note: all activities should be targeted at European and/or Canadian audience and should take place in either Europe or Canada.
We strongly encourage:
- New and creative approaches that utilize digital technology, social media and other innovative means;
- Programs that seek to reflect the diversity of thought and background as well as gender balance.
- Forthright analysis about the gaps in NATO strategies along with practical solutions to address deficiencies.
- Evaluation components that will help inform the measure of the proposal’s effectiveness, rather than merely its output.
Grant funding cannot be used for salaries, rent, or other general support of an organization, unless these expenses are directly tied to the project.
Eligibility is limited to not-for-profit organizations, non-governmental organizations and think tanks that have demonstrated expertise in international affairs, defense and security issues, and U.S. and European relations.
U.S. or other national organizations are eligible to apply for grants; however submitted proposals should target audience outside of the United States. NATO allies and partners states are the primary target audiences.
$15,000 – $100,000 per award; 1-2 awards anticipated
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