CRDF pin

CRDF pin

I received this pin from a member of the CRDF Global organization while I was a member of a grant evaluation team that went to Ukraine to visit four universities (2009). Originally entitled “U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation,” CDRF is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration through grants, technical resources, training and services. CRDF Global is based in Arlington, Virginia with offices in Moscow, Russia; Kyiv, Ukraine; Almaty, Kazakhstan; and Amman, Jordan.

I was fortunate to be on a working group of the American Physical Society owing to my chairmanship of the APS Committee on International Scientific Affairs (CISA). CRDF was dream in the eyes of its organizers at that time. We met in a row house in DC to discuss APS participation in seeking, evaluating, and awarding grants to Russian scientists who had been in weapons technology—with the goal of moving them away from weapons and into other fields of physics. Ultimately we did form a working relationship and were successful in making connections between several Russian physicists and US physicists for collaborative research.

Their vision statement says: “To promote peace and prosperity through international science “collaboration.

Their Mission statement is:

Provide cooperative research and development (R&D) opportunities that enable scientists and engineers to address critical security, economic, education and other societal needs.

Advance peace and prosperity by funding civilian research and development projects that contribute to global nonproliferation objectives.

Promote the application of science and technology to economic growth through international partnerships and training that foster invention, innovation, entrepreneurship and the commercialization of technology.

Strengthen university research and education in science and engineering.

Location: 4-B2