Category: Policy engagement funds

Up to $4,000 available for Policy Engagement

The Policy Bridge has funds available for policy engagement activities that serve to catalyze, expand, or enhance efforts to connect the worlds of research and public policy. Up to $4,000 is available for each grant. Click here for more details and contact to submit your application

2015-16 grantees include:

  • Sanford Professor Bruce Jentleson’s project is on Track Two diplomacy between the U.S. and Russia on Syria. Professor Jentleson has been part of a small team of Americans meeting with Russian counterparts to seek progress on Syria in coordination with the U.S. Government. Engagement funds will allow Professor Jentleson to meet on different occasions with U.S. officials at the National Security Council, Departtment of State, and Department of Defense.
  • Political Science Professor Tim Buthe took students from his class on U.S. Antitrust to Washington, DC to meet with policymakers and practitioners in federal antitrust regulation.
  • Sanford Professor Kathryn Whetten organized a Maternal and Child Health conference with Policy Bridge support. The Policy Bridge helped recruit attendees from policy community and a student to live tweet the event. This student also wrote an article on highlights of the policy relevant aspects of the conference.
  • Sanford Professor Leslie Babinski’s project to produce a short video about the findings from a pilot study to promote academic success for Latino English Learners. The video will bridge research, policy, and practice by providing an accessible way for school district administrators, principals, teachers, and policymakers to learn about the components of the professional development program and the study’s findings.

Video Highlights How Collaboration is Benefiting Latino English Learners


Developing Consultation and Collaboration Skills (DCCS) is an innovative teacher professional development program that aims to increase language and literacy outcomes for Latino English Learners. In Fall 2016, the program developed a video to showcase their research findings and collaborative partnership with ESL and classroom teachers. The Policy Bridge helped provide funding for this video and worked with Leslie Babinski, Principal Investigator for the DCCS project and Associate Director of Duke’s Center for Child and Family Policy.

When asked about the impact of this video, Babinski shared:

“The DCCS video highlights the three important policy implications from our research: the need for collaboration among teachers, the value of building on students’ cultural wealth in the classroom, and the positive impact of high-impact instructional strategies on English Learners’ academic progress.  We are thrilled to be able to share this video with a wide range of stakeholders – from researchers, to principals, to teachers, to parents – to disseminate what we’ve learned from our research.”

The Policy Bridge offers small grant funding for projects that engage the connection between research and policy. You can find more information about the funding criteria here.

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