Applications are now open for the third edition of the Atlantic Security Award, a program that will support with 15 thousand euros two researchers with research projects of excellence in topics related to Security and Defense in the Atlantic. This initiative is a partnership between the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD), the Atlantic Center and the National Defense Institute (IDN).

The current international situation demonstrates how important it is to promote quality scientific research to sustain good security and defence policies in the Atlantic area. This objective makes FLAD’s commitment even more evident, taking into account the importance of the Azores archipelago, as an essential platform for security in the Atlantic, and its untapped potential, and makes the Atlantic Center and Instituto da Defesa Nacional natural partners.

In this sense, we launch another edition of the Atlantic Security Award, an award that is already in its third edition and will support the research of two researchers in the area of Security and Defense in the Atlantic. The selected projects must be developed over a period of eight months throughout the year 2024 and must demonstrate the ability to contribute to the progress in knowledge on topics related to current challenges in the field of Security and Defence in the Atlantic area.

For this edition we will have the following reference themes:

  • Comparative analysis of public policies with an impact on the security and defense of the Atlantic;
  • Nexus between environment, security and development;
  • Transnational threaths;
  • Capacity building, support and exercise of sovereignty;
  • Dynamics of cooperation and competition in security on a global scale;
  • Maritime safety, ocean management and ocean infrastructure security.

This list is not exclusive, so projects on topics that are not included in it will be accepted.

Eligibility criteria

  • The applicant must have completed a PhD, or equivalent degree, no more than 10 years ago.
  • Maternity will be taken into account when calculating this limit: the number of years after obtaining the doctorate degree is reduced by 18 months for each child born after obtaining the degree.
  • The applicant must provide evidence of quality independent research.
  • The research proposals submitted must be part of the general category of Security and Defence in the Atlantic.


The contest is open between November 8, 2023 and January 22, 2024, at 23:59 (Mainland Portugal time, UTC).

Applicants will be notified of the decision by March 1, 2024.


Applications will be evaluated by a jury composed of:

  • Ana Santos Pinto, Professor at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa;
  • Luís Miguel Escudeiro da Costa Cabral, Atlantic Centre;
  • Maria Francisca Saraiva, resident researcher at Instituto de Defesa Nacional.

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