Counter proliferation programme 2020 to 2021

This document provides the counter proliferation programme objectives for the financial year 2020 to 2021.



The government’s approach to counter proliferation is set out in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review and the National Counter Proliferation Strategy.

This programme aims to contribute towards delivering the objectives they set out. It does this by improving international implementation of obligations set out in major treaties, conventions and regimes to counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the illicit transfer of conventional weapons. A significant part of this will be assisting countries, especially those eligible for Overseas Development Assistance, to:

  • take steps to sign, ratify or join the counter proliferation treaties and regimes
  • develop national legislation to give legal effect to the obligations in those treaties and regimes
  • develop the capacity to implement those obligations

The programme also seeks to support the international treaties, regimes and organisations which provide important support to international counter-proliferation efforts.

Three broad themes for next year’s programme, explained in the Programme Strategy, aim to ensure:

  • counter-proliferation norms and treaties work effectively and uphold, preserve and strengthen the Rules Based International System
  • increased adherence to international security regimes and treaties; to promote UK values, influence and soft power to address shared proliferation challenges
  • control of access to materials and knowledge globally to make it as hard as possible for countries or terrorists to develop capabilities

How to apply

Your project proposal must include your completed Project Proposal Form and a full Activity Based Budget.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the UK Counter Proliferation Programme work for 2020 to 2021 is suspended.

The UK government’s priority ensures the wellbeing, health and safety of all our suppliers, implementers and staff. Only in exceptional circumstances will we approach specific implementers to carry out programme work critical to meeting urgent counter proliferation and national security objectives.

A further update will be announced soon for the bidding process starting next year, 1 April 2021.

We encourage you to discuss project ideas with the relevant policy leads in the Counter Proliferation and Arms Control Centre (CPACC) before submitting bids. To find out who the relevant policy lead is, or for any other questions, email

Published 2 February 2012
Last updated 28 August 2020 + show all updates
  1. Programme currently suspended until further notice: update regarding the bidding process will be announced soon.

  2. Programme currently under review due to coronavirus restrictions: further update expected after Easter

  3. Deadline extended: submit your proposal by 3 March

  4. Updated with new 2020 to 2021 programme strategy and information on submitting a proposal by 25 February.

  5. Updated with the 2019 to 2020 programme strategy.

  6. updated with 2018 to 2019 strategy.

  7. Counter proliferation programme page and attachment updated

  8. Programme strategy updated.

  9. Programme strategy updated.

  10. First published.