The U.S. State Department plans to award funds to promote “a better understanding” of the U.S. mission to NATO. This is stated in the grant description
“The Office of the Public Affairs Advisor at the U.S. Mission to NATO is accepting proposals for programs and initiatives designed to promote a better understanding of the policies and views of the U.S. Mission to NATO,” the document states.
The study of NATO-Russia relations, Alliance policy in the Middle East, cybersecurity, arms control, and countering misinformation are listed as priority topics with which the grant can be applied for.
In turn, the money received by the contractors should go toward organizing public discussions and developing content and methodological materials. The State Department advocated creative approaches in covering these topics.
In addition, as stated in the document, Washington is interested in an objective analysis of the alliance. The size of one grant does not exceed $15 thousand.
In early December 2020, the North Atlantic Alliance released a strategic report “NATO-2030: Unity in the New Era”, which again accused Russia of an “aggressive policy”.