MacArthur Foundation announces $21 Million to Support a Stronger, More Diverse Nuclear Field

MacArthur announced $21.3 million in grants to 28 organizations as part of its Nuclear Challenges capstone project to foster a stronger, more diverse nuclear field and exit the field responsibly. 

MacArthur’s nuclear capstone focuses on four areas of work: encouraging a diverse pipeline of talent in the nuclear field, challenging nuclear deterrence theory, providing leadership around the intersection of nuclear and climate issues, and supporting key organizations in the nuclear field.

Cultivate Diversity and New Voices

An initial four organizations will receive a total of $2.7 million to cultivate diversity and empower new voices and underrepresented communities in the nuclear talent pipeline. MacArthur’s goal for these grants is to help generate increased attention, recognition, and influence of diverse voices including voices of women and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color experts in the nuclear field. The Foundation also hopes to encourage new and strengthened policies and practices in the field that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. Today’s set of grant recipients are:

Innovate to Challenge Deterrence Theory

MacArthur will provide a total of $4.2 million to three organizations to support research to challenge nuclear deterrence theory. The Foundation’s goal is the development of a body of research that seeds new thinking on challenging, and ultimately replacing, nuclear deterrence theory as the predominant lens through which we view nuclear weapons strategy. The grant recipients are:

Lead at the Nexus of Nuclear and Climate Risks

Four organizations will receive grants totaling $2.2 million to provide leadership at the nexus of nuclear and climate risks, with a focus on mitigating the security implications of nuclear power’s expansion as a climate solution. MacArthur’s goals for this area of work are to model productive dialogue on the future of nuclear energy in the climate battle, elevate policy questions about nuclear energy in U.S. domestic and foreign climate policy, and reimagine the global nuclear governance system for a world with more nuclear energy. The grant recipients are:

Preserve Support for Critical Work

With $9.6 million in grants, MacArthur will preserve support for a limited number of organizations critical to the nuclear dialogue. The Foundation’s goal is to ensure the field maintains trusted and effective organizations at this challenging moment and into the future. The grant recipients are: 

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