RFP: Frequently Asked Questions

RFP: Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply under this RFP?
Most academic institutions, research centers, and think tanks are eligible to apply. Individuals are not eligible to apply unless they are affiliated with or sponsored by an institution.

Can we apply if we are not a nonprofit organization?
You may apply, but funding is less likely as the foundation awards the majority of its grants to support public agencies, universities, and public charities that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code or their equivalent.

Can non-U.S. institutions apply for support?
Yes, provided they can demonstrate the relevance of their research to U.S. policymakers and citizens. Note that for an organization to receive indirect costs, it must demonstrate equivalency to a U.S. charitable 501(c)(3) organization.

Can I apply if my institution is currently receiving funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York?
Institutions that already receive Corporation support are eligible to apply for funds under this initiative. However, as noted in the RFP, Corporation funding for this initiative is not intended to support or supplement already existing projects.

Can an institution submit more than one application?
Yes, so long as the applications involve separate project teams. For example, a university might submit one application from its school of engineering and another application from its political science department. However, in such cases it would be worth investigating whether a joint, interdisciplinary application would be stronger.

Can we submit a proposal that involves researchers from multiple institutions or universities?
We welcome proposals from multi-institution research teams. However, one entity will need to be the lead applicant and receive and administer the grant. Other contributors can be brought in as partners or consultants.

The RFP names some specific technologies: cyber, high-precision conventional weapons, hypersonic conventional strike, space or anti-space weapons, and improved ballistic missile defenses. Are you interested in other technologies as well?
Yes. We are open to proposals related to any technology or combination of technologies that could lead to nuclear crises in the short to medium term (i.e., five- to twenty-year time frame). We highlighted a few specific technologies because many believe them to be of the greatest concern during this time frame. But we are open to proposals which make the case that other technologies pose significant risks.

Are you only interested in new technologies?
It is said that there is nothing new under the sun. Modest changes in existing technology systems, when compounded over time and combined with other advances, could disrupt existing strategic relationships. While we are open to looking at proposals on the impact of technological evolution, we will prioritize work that seeks to anticipate and provide insights into major new developments.

What if I think that the potential of a particular technology to disrupt the existing strategic balance is being oversold?
We are also interested in proposals that seek, if appropriate, to dispel myths and deflate exaggerated threats.

Are you interested in new or emerging technologies that can make it easier for new states to acquire nuclear weapons?
While nuclear proliferation issues are of concern to the Corporation, they are not the focus of this RFP, and we are not looking for proposals on technologies that could facilitate proliferation (e.g., laser enrichment).

You mention that proposals will be given special consideration if they demonstrate “institutional buy-in.” What do you mean by this?
We are looking for institutions that can demonstrate a commitment to the project. This could mean direct financial contributions or in-kind contributions, such as administrative or research support, meeting space, and assistance with publications.

How will LOI’s be selected?
Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of external jurors with expertise in these topics, as well as through an internal review process.

What happens if my LOI is selected?
You will be notified in March and invited to submit a full proposal for consideration by the Corporation.

If I do not receive funding under this RFP, will there be another opportunity to apply?
No decision has been made yet about future opportunities on this particular topic.

Can I submit additional materials in addition to the LOI?
No. We will notify you if we would like you to provide additional materials.

Does this reflect a shift in Carnegie Corporation of New York’s program priorities? Can I submit grants on this topic outside of the RFP?
For the time being, the Corporation is only soliciting proposals on this topic through the RFP process.

Can I schedule a meeting with foundation staff to discuss projects and/or funding opportunities?
Due to the large number of requests we receive, we are unable to accommodate requests for meetings and cannot provide feedback via email.

When and how will we be notified if our application has been declined or if the foundation will be requesting a formal proposal?
Organizations will receive a response confirming that their application has been received and are generally notified via email within four to six weeks if their application has been declined or if the foundation would like to request additional information about their funding request.

Does the foundation provide feedback on proposals that are not selected for funding?
Due to the large number of requests we receive, we are unable to respond to requests for feedback. Our decision is focused on the substance of your proposed work, and how well it fits with our grantmaking programs, goals, and funding strategies at the time.