Counter Proliferation Programme guidance: 2024 to 2025

This guidance explains the Counter Proliferation Programme objectives for the financial year 2024 to 2025 and how to apply through the project bidding process.



The 2021 Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy (IR) set out the government’s strategic approach to international security and counter proliferation. The Integrated Review Refresh 2023 (IR2023) reflects changes in the global context since 2021.

The Counter Proliferation Programme, managed under the Programme Operating Framework, supports these goals by:

  • strengthening major treaties, conventions and regimes which seek to counter the proliferation of weapons and increasing states’ adherence to them
  • working to strengthen arms controls and disrupt illicit attempts to avoid them

The guidance annex provides more detail on our programme priorities.

How to apply

Read the Counter Proliferation Programme guidance, which provides detailed information about the process and the strategic context.

Projects can be single state, multi-country, regional or global in scope. You must submit your project proposal using the project proposal forms.

For the financial year 2024 to 2025, the Programme cannot fund projects which qualify for Official Development Assistance (ODA).

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

Submit your proposal by 29 February 2024. We will issue the results by the end of April 2024.

Published 2 February 2012
Last updated 27 December 2023 + show all updates
  1. Guidance updated for submitting a proposal for the 2024 to 2025 programme.

  2. Due to a large number of bids received, the date for issuing results has been extended to the end of April 2023.

  3. Counter Proliferation Programme strategy for 2023 to 2024 added, including details of how to submit bids by 17 March 2023

  4. Updating as you can no longer bid for funding the financial year 2022 to 2023.

  5. Updated with Counter Proliferation Programme guidance for the financial year 2022 to 2023.

  6. Counter Proliferation Programme strategy for 2021 to 2022 added including details of how to submit bids by 1 June 2021.

  7. Programme currently suspended until further notice: update regarding the bidding process will be announced soon.

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

  9. Deadline extended: submit your proposal by 3 March

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

  11. Updated with the 2019 to 2020 programme strategy.

  12. updated with 2018 to 2019 strategy.

  13. Counter proliferation programme page and attachment updated

  14. Programme strategy updated.

  15. Programme strategy updated.

  16. First published.