National Research Initiative

The National Research Initiative (NRI) was launched in 2002 to expand and systematize AEI's work with outside scholars. NRI provides research grants and visiting fellowships to university-based professors and other intellectuals to support books, monographs, working papers, edited volumes, and other types of original research on U.S. domestic public policy issues.


NRI has two goals: to help AEI collaborate with scholars who are doing important work on issues that are relevant to the Institute's interests and to provide the support that is needed for these scholars to have a greater influence on the policy debate.


The program focuses on a broad range of U.S. domestic public policy issues, including: tax, entitlement, and fiscal policy; government regulation; education; social welfare; health care; domestic security; the legal system; immigration; and politics and political institutions. It emphasizes work that is intellectually rigorous, empirical, and practical; that is based on real-world considerations; and that is addressed to policymakers and a sophisticated general audience.


NRI provides its scholars with extensive resources and support while at AEI by offering:

 - Financial assistance to conduct research and writing
 - Research and editorial assistance
 - Organization of workshops for review and discussion of work-in-progress
 - Publication and dissemination of completed work
 - Op-Ed and article placement
 - Opportunities for Congressional testimony
 - Opportunities to participate in NRI events as presenters, panelists, or discussants






Please direct questions to the NRI program manager at or 202.862.5826.


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