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A $200,000 grant to bridge global cybersecurity research with the policy world

August 17, 2020

Jackson School Global Research Group Consultant, Rishi Paramesh, briefs Microsoft, Spring 2018 // Photo Credit: Monique Thormann

The University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies has been awarded a $200,000 grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. This grant will support bridging the gap between academia and the policy world with a focus on global cybersecurity issues.

This latest award builds on $2 million in philanthropic grants from the Corporation that helped launch the School’s International Policy Institute. The Institute is addressing Arctic, cross-cultural religious literacy, outer space and cybersecurity themes that have led to more standardized and policy-focused training features of the School. The Cybersecurity Initiative has developed courses and client-based research projects such as Global Research Groups (GRG) that have gained durability. Arctic programming has expanded with courses, outreach activities, publications and an Arctic studies minor. The Religion Initiative has created a “Cross-Cultural Religious Literacy” program that has led to a graduate certificate, bringing together interdisciplinary scholars and global practitioners. And the Outer Space Initiative has been institutionalized and broadened significantly as the cross-college and interdisciplinary Space Policy and Research Center, or SPARC.

The new grant, which is part of Carnegie Corporation of New York’s International Peace and Security portfolio, will support the expansion and strengthening of the Institute’s Global Research Group program, including, but not limited to, its cybersecurity training program. The GRG program develops research partnerships with clients to examine a range of topics related to global and international affairs and relevant to small and large organizations. Funds will go toward the piloting of new client partnerships, broadening the scope of the program and including more faculty and students in the experience of translating research into practice or policy. Past clients include Microsoft, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Global Disinformation Index, and several Seattle-based not for profit organizations.

For more information, visit the Jackson School’s Global Research Group program website.

This publication was made possible in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The statements made and views expressed are solely the responsibility of the author.