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Charles Dunlap

Program Director


Dr. Dunlap, Director of the Research Competitiveness Program, has worked for more than a decade leading the design and implementation of programs to strengthen and support research competitiveness in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and twenty-three countries in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. Among the programs he has created and overseen are:

  • More than twenty international, U.S. merit-reviewed grant competitions;
  • International science policy conferences in Saudi Arabia, Moldova, and Azerbaijan that brought together government and university leaders from more than thirty-five countries;
  • Science funding agency symposia with the U.S. National Science Foundation that brought together program officers and leaders of national funding agencies from South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa;
  • Career skills competitiveness programs that have worked in seventeen countries, directly training more than 4,200 scientists, engineers, and their graduate students;
  • National digital library programs in Morocco, Algeria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan; and
  • Science diplomacy and cooperation initiatives with DPRK.

Dr. Dunlap received his Ph.D. in geology/geochemistry in 1996 from the University of California, Santa Cruz where he received a U.C. Regents Graduate Fellowship and an IGPP Fellowship for research at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His primary research publications have been in the field of isotope geochemistry, using stable lead isotopes to trace the origin, transport, and fate of toxic metals.