We must strengthen and
safeguard communities.

At the local level, communities are already experiencing global problems such as rising social and economic inequity, unsustainable cities, and the health needs of an aging population. Local communities are also pressing for quality education, sustainable jobs, and a responsive policing and criminal justice system.

Recognizing that community members possess knowledge and wisdom that hold keys to real and sustainable change, RAND is focused on forming full and equal partnerships with them. Together we will develop policy solutions to the issues that matter most to their communities—and that might go on to inform solutions for the world at large.

Key themes for this priority


A closer look at the network of systems and policies that have perpetuated inequities or stood in the way of progress is needed to help advance racial equity policy.


Markets will increasingly require new ways of designing jobs, training workforces, and structuring organizations in response to disruptions such as robotics, machine learning, the rise of the gig economy, and more.


The number of Americans with mental health problems is on the rise, and tragic stories of individuals who suffer from untreated illnesses register with the public. What does a new generation of responsive, equitable treatment solutions look like?


Climate change is poised to become the single greatest driver of mass migration in coming years. As numbers reach crisis proportions, how can societies avoid upheaval and strife while continuing to pursue economic development?

Representative funding opportunities

The RAND Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy

Racial equity crosses social, political, and geographic boundaries. The RAND Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy aims to develop and apply approaches and solutions that build racial equity in systems and policies for the future. The center supports a growing portfolio of innovative, high-impact racial equity research and analysis at RAND. It creates a clearinghouse to help coordinate related efforts to bridge divides and seek common good, including collaborations with organizations dedicated to advancing racial equity.

RAND Veterans' Well-Being Chair or Fellowship

The prestige of a named chair or fellowship, with the opportunities the funding offers, will help RAND compete for and retain the most talented experts on veterans’ issues. These scholars will advance RAND’s innovative, evidence-based research to improve the lives of those who have served in the U.S. military. Research efforts will prioritize creative, equitable, and inclusive analysis to help meet the needs of diverse veteran populations while engaging and empowering those who support them.

The RAND Center on Housing and Homelessness in Los Angeles

RAND is building upon existing research on homelessness to examine the challenges surrounding it, including both the demand and supply sides of the housing and homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. The center brings together interdisciplinary expertise, rigorous data collection, and analytic methods to address the challenges of providing affordable housing solutions in one of the most expensive housing markets in the nation and to better understand and serve the needs of people experiencing homelessness.

RAND Chair on Migration Policy

Chair funding will help RAND initiate new research and analysis on how migration affects economies, societies, and national security. An expanded research agenda will examine migration due to climate change, practices at the U.S. southern border, and the prospects for refugees and internally displaced persons.

RAND Climate Resilience Center

There is a growing need to change how we plan, build, and sustain our societal and physical systems to become more resilient to the impacts of climate change. RAND is working to develop innovative tools to support decisionmakers as they confront challenges presented by climate change. Researchers will work to identify emerging climate resilience challenges, apply state-of-the-art methods to tackle problems from multiple perspectives, address uncertainty, and recommend effective and enduring solutions.

The RAND Center for Promoting Healthy Aging and Longevity

Extended life expectancy in the U.S. is already affecting many of the benchmarks that have defined our lives in past decades. Yet many of our communities, services, and policies are not designed for a future in which people are living longer. Longer post-retirement periods, growing needs for unpaid family caregivers, and emerging challenges to health and well-being require comprehensive and integrated policy solutions. RAND will develop practical and scalable solutions that prepare populations, particularly those underserved, to age successfully across health, employment, and social settings.