RESEARCH TO POLICY: SOCIAL INNOVATION
Q&A: Chappell Lawson on the MIT International Policy Lab
IPL will award up to $10K to faculty and PI research staff who wish to convey their research to policymakers.
“MIT has an enormous amount to contribute to the policymaking process. We’re generating first-rate scholarship and science that has clear policy implications and should inform public policy.”
— Chappel Lawson, Professor of Political Science; Director, MISTI
Earlier this year, the MIT Center for International Studies established the MIT International Policy Lab (IPL), whose mission is “to enhance the impact of MIT research on public policy, in order to best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.”
The Policy Lab will award up to $10,000 to faculty and research staff with principal investigator status who wish to convey their research to policymakers.
Chappell Lawson, professor of political science at MIT and director of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), serves as the lab’s faculty lead; other faculty members and research scientists involved with the initiative include Richard Samuels, John Tirman, Jessica Trancik, Andrea Campbell, Daniel Weitzner, and Ken Oye.
In advance of the lab’s first call for proposals submission deadline — December 6, 2015, at 8pm — Lawson recently answered some questions on IPL's goals and the process for getting involved.