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.

Our Call for Proposals for the 2017-2018 is closed. Please check back for updates on our 2018-2019 grant cycle.

Past 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.
  • Elisa Maffioli, Ph.D. student in Economics and Global Health, is studying how the government of Liberia responded during the Ebola epidemic and how citizen perception of their government changed afterwards. She will use Engagement funds to return to Liberia to share her findings with the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the National Election Commission, other governmental agencies, and NGOs that helped provide data for analysis.
  • 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.
  • screenshot-2016-12-06-11-56-12Sanford 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.


  • Public Policy Ph.D. student Sarah Nolan is collaborating with Sanford Professor Anirudh Krishna on a project that seeks to strengthen social mobility promoting organizations in India through research, evaluation, and cross-organization collaboration, including launching the first sector wide conference. Engagement funds are allowing Nolan to travel to India to develop a collaborative research agenda with organizations. She will explore common successes, challenges, and opportunities for shared learning across the sector.

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