Bridging the Gap’s Mission

Bridging the Gap promotes scholarly contributions to public debate and decision making on global challenges and U.S. foreign policy.

We equip professors and doctoral students with the skills they need to produce influential policy-relevant research and theoretically grounded policy work. We also spearhead cutting-edge research on problems of concrete importance to governments, think tanks, international institutions, non-governmental organizations, and global firms. Within the academy, we are driving changes in university culture and processes designed to incentivize public and policy engagement.

What We Do:

  • Conduct professional training programs that prepare scholars of all ranks to develop policy-relevant research projects and disseminate their findings to audiences and communities beyond academia
  • Create new opportunities for policy-relevant scholarship, including through the Bridging the Gap Series with Oxford University Press, that are deeply respected inside research universities as well as useful to policy and decision makers
  • Connect members of the Bridging the Gap network with practitioners and policy influencers, and foster the network’s continued growth
  • Foster discussions with university leaders and highlight models designed to bolster support for and the legitimacy of policy-relevant scholarship and public engagement within academia