Sabbaticals in Service
We are launching a new pilot program aimed at fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise between academic researchers – with a focus on the economic and social sciences – and federal agencies.
Researchers are often motivated to work on questions of practical and societal importance, yet from an academic post it can be difficult to identify the research questions with the highest potential to inform policy, and even more difficult to forge the relationships that would allow new knowledge to have a practical impact. Meanwhile, agencies are not infrequently looking for outside expertise on specific topics, but can struggle to identify and attract the right people.
This pilot effort aims to support both parties by streamlining academic placements at federal agencies. Importantly, this pilot does not currently have capacity to provide funding. Rather, our focus is on providing matchmaking support between (1) federal agencies, and (2) faculty who have either earned sabbatical credit or outside funding to support their time in such placements (such as this NSF Mid-Career Advancement award➚).
This effort is hosted by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS)➚ and the Institute for Progress (IFP)➚ , as part of the Metascience Working Group. The program lead is Jordan Dworkin (firstname.lastname@example.org), and the faculty points of contact for matchmaking are:
1.Brown University: David Yokum (email@example.com)
2.Dartmouth College: Heidi Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org)
3.Stanford University: Jeremy Weinstein (email@example.com)
4.University of California-San Diego: Paul Niehaus (firstname.lastname@example.org)