National Research Initiative
The National Research Initiative (NRI) was launched in 2002 to expand and systematize AEI's work with outside scholars. NRI provided 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 had two goals: to help AEI collaborate with scholars who were doing important work on issues relevant to the Institute's interests and to provide the support needed for these scholars to have a greater influence on the policy debate.
The program focused 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 emphasized work that was intellectually rigorous, empirical, and practical; that was based on real-world considerations; and that was addressed to policymakers and a sophisticated general audience.
NRI provided 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