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Policy Research Team Program

The Public Policy Center (PPC) is introducing the Policy Research Team (PRT) Program to support the development of policy-relevant social science research and the submission of externally funded grants.

The PRT Program will provide successful applicants with meeting space, grant development support, IT and data support, and $1,000 in discretionary funding for research development-related activities.


PRTs must be lead or co-lead by a PPC Research Fellow, however, applicants are encouraged to include others who do not currently have an appointment at the PPC. Interdisciplinary teams and student team members are also encouraged.


Each PRT will meet three times a semester at the Public Policy Research Building.  Within one year of establishing a PRT, the team will provide a one-page report and present at a PPC-wide meeting. Additionally, the team will submit a letter of intent or full proposal to an external funding source within the first two years of participating in the program.


To apply, please provide a one-page proposal (template available here) that includes:

  • The research area to be pursued
  • PRT members (names, emails, and affiliations)
  • The importance and policy relevance of the topic
  • How this effort might fill a gap in the literature
  • Goals for the first year
  • The planned use of discretionary funds (if known)
  • Planned start date and possible recurring meeting time each month (if known)
  • Interest in having grant development support and/or IT/data support
  • Information about possible external funding source(s) as known at the time of the initial application. This could include name(s) Agency/Foundation, application dates, max budgets, other restrictions etc.

Successful PRTs will have the chance to re-apply for support the following year.

PRT proposals are accepted throughout the year and can be submitted to Proposals will be reviewed and decisions will be communicated to applicants within 10 working days.