We must rethink and
retool institutions.

In the decades leading up to the present, nobody could have foreseen today’s political and economic environment. The time is ripe for a broad rethinking of the institutions and arrangements that have defined everything from banking, economic development, and commerce to defense, law enforcement, and human rights.

RAND will help to revitalize existing institutions as well as design new ones for the world we live in today—and for tomorrow. Doing so will fully engage our research divisions, international centers, policy design studios, and graduate school talent.

Key themes for this priority


Previously unrealized economic, educational, social, health, and environmental benefits appear to be imminent. At the same time, new technologies threaten to disrupt existing institutions and pose risks that are difficult to assess but potentially serious, even existential.


Ensuring affordable, equitable, and high-quality care takes on renewed urgency when per capita spending is by far the highest of any wealthy country and life expectancy, already the lowest among developed nations, is beginning to recede.

Improving economic prospects for the bottom billion

While many have prospered in recent decades, living conditions for the bottom billion humans have changed little over time. RAND will focus on knowledge and action to improve these conditions and advance the prospects for global human progress.

Security, diplomacy, and national strength

The roles and relations of nations are undergoing the most significant realignment since the end of the Second World War. A changing world order calls for reassessing and reimagining the foundations on which the United States’ posture toward other nations is built.

Representative funding opportunities

Artificial Intelligence and National Security Endowed Chair and Research Program

Artificial intelligence has profound implications on nearly all facets of human life—including national security. The endowed chair and research program will focus on the technical and non-technical aspects of artificial intelligence as it relates to national and international security. With the goal of helping policy- and lawmakers better understand the security complications of advanced technologies, RAND researchers will work to address current and forthcoming challenges in technology advancement.

The RAND Future of Policing Center

The United States is seeing urgent action to reform policing and create comprehensive solutions that ensure all Americans feel safe. Policymakers need evidence-based guidance in order to transform policing systems and improve public safety. The center will focus research efforts on policing and community safety issues, including comprehensively examining the root causes of racial disparities in public safety and developing measures to address them. RAND aims to develop a new concept for how public safety could work to help move the United States toward a transformed, effective, and equitable public safety future.

The RAND Center for Analysis of U.S. Grand Strategy

The RAND Center for Analysis of U.S. Grand Strategy draws on research and expertise from across the organization to examine America’s broad approach to engaging the world. Multidisciplinary research teams are working to analyze the evidence on competing positions in the ongoing strategy debate regarding the United States’ relations with Russia and China as well as U.S. alliances and U.S. military interventions in the Middle East and elsewhere. Ongoing funding will support the center’s work to provide policymakers with a wide range of fully developed options for future U.S. grand strategy at a time of geopolitical change.

The RAND Institute for Supply Chain Management and Security

The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated key supply chain vulnerabilities and disruptions that can threaten the security and well-being of the United States. The RAND Institute for Supply Chain Management and Security will focus on identifying solutions for managing the challenges of complicated and interconnected supply chains. RAND will help construct a long-term vision of supply chain security to ensure the United States’ economic and political viability.

The RAND Institute for Global Health

Global health threats strike at the heart of national security and well-being. Health crises have no borders and require rapid, sustained, and competent public health responses. The RAND Institute for Global Health will help solve urgent global health problems and build resilience to global health threats. Researchers will work to rethink and revitalize preparedness and response systems and capabilities to safeguard the security of the United States and other countries from future health threats.

The RAND Institute for Criminal Justice Reform

The criminal justice system does not work equitably for all. Individuals and families suffer, often over multiple generations, placing educational and economic opportunities even further out of reach for some communities. RAND will offer solutions that break this intergenerational cycle and improve outcomes for those involved in this complex system. Research and analysis will focus on a policy path to a redesigned criminal justice system that works for all.