Counter Proliferation Programme Guidance 2022 to 2023

This document explains the Counter Proliferation Programme objectives for the financial year 2022 to 2023 and provides guidance on the project bidding process.



The government’s approach to counter proliferation is set out in the 2021 Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy (IR). This highlights the government’s vision for the UK’s role in the world over the next decade and the actions it will take to 2025.

The National Counter Proliferation Strategy (NCPS) also underpins UK actions.

The Programme looks to support activities that contribute to 3 counter proliferation aims, identified within the NCPS:

  • influencing intent: encouraging all states to adhere to norms on the possession and use of particular weapons, and to demonstrate the consequences of breaching those norms
  • controlling access: controlling access to materials and knowledge globally to make it as hard as possible for states or terrorists to acquire or develop capabilities
  • disrupting networks: disrupting illicit attempts to circumvent controls

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 this year’s programme, explained in the Programme Guidance, aim to ensure:

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

How to apply

The guidance document contains detailed information about the process and the strategic context.

Project proposals must include a completed project proposal form and a full activity-based budget.

To be eligible, projects should be multi-country, regional or global in scope.

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

Submit your proposal by 30 June 2022 to We will issue the result of bids by 1 August 2022.

Published 2 February 2012
Last updated 16 May 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated with Counter Proliferation Programme guidance for the financial year 2022 to 2023.

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

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

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

  5. Deadline extended: submit your proposal by 3 March

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

  7. Updated with the 2019 to 2020 programme strategy.

  8. updated with 2018 to 2019 strategy.

  9. Counter proliferation programme page and attachment updated

  10. Programme strategy updated.

  11. Programme strategy updated.

  12. First published.