Countering weapons proliferation is central to the government’s efforts to safeguard Britain’s national security and to support stability around the world.
Counter-proliferation continues to be a priority for the government. It features prominently in the National Security Strategy and is at the heart of one of the Foreign Secretary’s 3 priorities for the FCO: safeguard Britain’s national security interests by countering terrorism and weapons proliferation and working to reduce conflict.
The UK National Counter Proliferation Strategy focuses UK action around 3 strands. These are:
- influencing intent: encourage 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: control access to materials and knowledge globally to make it as hard as possible for states or terrorists to acquire or develop capabilities
- disrupting networks: disrupt illicit attempts to circumvent controls
In line with this strategy the counter-proliferation programme has 2 funding streams outlined below.
Small arms and light weapons: Weapons and Ammunition Management (WAM) programme
This is a new area of funding for the programme and it completed a bidding round in July 2016 - in line with the small arms and light weapons: Weapons and Ammunition Management strategy. There are no plans to run any further bidding rounds.
Strategic Programme Fund
The programme has completed its 2016 / 2017 Strategy Programme Fund (SFP) bidding round and there are no plans to hold another. The programme is however open for tactical bids (proposals of £15,000 or under) covering any topic within the Counter Proliferation Strategy.
Contact the programme at SPF.CP@fco.gov.uk to :
- discuss your project proposal with a policy lead
- find out how to apply
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.