Counter proliferation programme

Countering weapons proliferation is central to the government’s efforts to safeguard Britain’s national security and to support stability around the world.


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 seeks to contribute towards delivery of the objectives they set out.

The programme supports this strategy primarily by improving international controls. A significant element will be through assistance to countries – especially those eligible for Overseas Development Assistance – in signing and ratifying international treaties, developing national legislation, and developing their capacity to implement controls. The programme also seeks to support the international treaties, regimes and organisations which provide the crucial underpinning of these controls. It does not fund large-scale material interventions, which are covered in other ways, for example through the UK’s contribution to the G7 Global Partnership.

Counter Proliferation Programme

The programme bidding round started on 5 February 2018 as highlighted in Section 4.1 of the Counter proliferation programme strategy.

As outlined in the strategy, this programme can no longer fund single-country projects. Successful bids will adopt a multi-country, regional or globally approach to the policy objectives covered.

We strongly recommended that bidders contact the programme by emailing to discuss their ideas and gain further insight the programme’s policy priorities and whether the ideas are worth pursuing.

Contact us to discuss your bidding ideas:

Official Development Assistance

We are particularly keen to support projects which will qualify as Official Development Assistance (ODA). In order to be eligible to count as ODA, projects must have the development and welfare of the target country as their main objective.

More detailed guidance on the criteria for ODA can be found on the OECD site.

Published 3 December 2014
Last updated 9 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Counter Proliferation Programme bidding started 5 February.

  2. Counter-proliferation programme page updated

  3. SALW funding round now closed.

  4. Information added on 2 funding streams available.

  5. Call for bids section updated.

  6. First published.