MacArthur Foundation Awards $4 Million to Strengthen Nuclear Security

MacArthur Foundation Awards $4 Million to Strengthen Nuclear Security

The has announced six grants totaling $4 million to organizations working to prevent nuclear terrorism and strengthen regional nuclear stability in South Asia.

Through the foundation's program, five organizations will receive support for work on issues related to fissile materials security and the nuclear fuel cycle. They include the , which was awarded $1 million in support of activities aimed at reducing the threat of nuclear weapons; the , which will receive $800,000 for a project to study U.S. and international fuel cycle trends; the , which was awarded $535,000 for a project to strengthen cooperation on nuclear security issues between Chinese policy makers and their Western counterparts; the , whose $400,000 grant will be used to evaluate security risks associated with nuclear power; and the , which was awarded a $600,000 grant to help expand the pool of experts working on Russian nuclear security issues. In addition, the was awarded $650,000 to analyze adverse nuclear trends in South Asia and recommend ways to establish deterrence stability in the region.

"Enthusiasm for the clean energy benefits of nuclear energy is outpacing arrangements needed to limit the spread of nuclear weapons capability," said MacArthur Foundation president Robert Gallucci. "A major goal of MacArthur's grantmaking is to integrate nonproliferation constraints into both U.S. nuclear energy policy and the global nuclear fuel cycle to minimize the prospects for theft or diversion of fissile materials, highly enriched uranium, or plutonium."

"." John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Press Release 02/17/2011.