The Purdue Policy Research Institute’s aims to foster high-impact, interdisciplinary research in established and emerging areas of strategic focus, and leverage extant research to maximize impact.


PPRI is a research community lead by faculty but including also staff, post-doctoral students, graduate and undergraduate students. This Team generates policy research that attracts national and international attention and support to Discovery Park and Purdue. The PPRI team creates and participates in interdisciplinary grant activities in strategic areas. PPRI is hosting a “Policy Lab” where faculty and students (fellows and affiliated faculty) work together producing new ideas and research, and supports faculty teams in incorporating policy into their projects. PPRI works closely with the Director to ensure these efforts reflect the overall goals of Discovery Park.

Serving Faculty

The Purdue Policy Research Institute enables and enhances the participation of Purdue faculty in high-impact, interdisciplinary research. PPRI fosters a community of academic, industry and business partners, policy makers, and others to further new and exciting research and to inform larger audiences about our currently supported research projects. PPRI helps faculty develop research networks within and outside of the university and helps to increase the policy impact of their research.

Serving Students

PPRI aims to engage interested students in policy research. Students participate in activities that promote their own academic development and prepare them for intellectual collaboration in a team-oriented environment solving twenty-first century problems. PPRI offers several initiatives and opportunities for both Graduate and Undergraduate students, such as:

  • Collaborating on faculty policy research
  • Occasional classes specifically focused on understanding global policy issues
  • Undergraduate scholarships
  • Graduate Social Policy Certificates

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