DSCU Launches Research Grant Program

Posted on: 8/18/2023

Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU) is excited to introduce its competitive research grant program. The growing importance of Security Cooperation as a tool of national security demonstrates the importance of dedicated research, critical inquiry and scholarship that advances knowledge and practice of Security Cooperation.

“The DSCU Research Grant Program is integral to advancing one of DSCU’s core missions: to produce research, analysis, and lessons learned that expand the intellectual foundations of Security Cooperation,” said Dr. Celeste Gventer, DSCU President. “This grant program uniquely postures the University to fund innovative research projects related to Security Cooperation.”

DSCU is one of five directorates reporting to the Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). The National Defense Strategy directed DSCA and DSCU to implement a suite of initiatives to improve the Security Cooperation workforce, including the establishment of DSCU’s Research, Analysis, and Lessons Learned Institute (RALLI).

The DSCU RALLI team conducts evidence-building activities to promote access to and production of knowledge and contribute to the body of knowledge on Security Cooperation. DSCU’s RALLI sponsors and concludes research projects that align substantively with the U.S. Department of Defense Learning and Evaluation Agenda for Partnerships (LEAP) framework and the DSCU Research Agenda, in partnership with individual researchers, educational institutions, and policy-focused research organizations.

Eligibility for RALLI-administered grants is open to all, including DSCU faculty, PME faculty, think tanks, industry, and civilian academic researchers anywhere in the world. DSCU expects awardees to participate in conferences, seminars, focus groups, and events to enhance dissemination of research findings and facilitate application of lessons learned in areas of policy, practice, and workforce professionalization.

The DSCU research grant program, conducted pursuant to 10 USC § 4001, is generally open to a broad range of research projects related to Security Cooperation. Application is a two-step process, starting with a 500-word white paper submitted to dsca.dscu.grants@mail.mil. The second step, the submission of a full technical application, are determined by the merits of the white paper.

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