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The Policy and Innovation Group is a team of global experts that advises national and local governments, industry, and academia on the development of informed science policy to optimize economic and social benefits. By leveraging the Academy’s global network, the Policy Group can bring to bear a unique, multidisciplinary set of capabilities, to help solve the world's scientific, social, and economic challenges, including:

Access to the highest level of thinking in science, education, and policy

Our staff members have extensive cross-sectoral expertise, specializing in program evaluation, project management, strategic planning, and program design. When embarking on a project, we assemble and employ novel coalitions of the world's leading experts and institutions, many drawn from the Academy's network, to enrich and inform our work. Where appropriate, these world-class experts serve as impartial, external reviewers, travel teams, and technical analysts to improve the quality and depth of projects. Because of this flexible approach and deep bench of collective experience, the Academy and its expert network offer distinctive advantages as a project partner.

Integrated policy solutions tailored to need

The Academy has the resources and capabilities to not only provide world-class advice, but also to help implement new policies and programs with the rigorous attention to quality expected from a centuries-old, science-based organization. In our work, we serve an integral role as a bridge, organizing and facilitating diverse groups—funding agencies, legislatures, governments, companies, and universities, to address organizational needs. In addition, through our network, we have supported the identification of multiple private–public partnerships for joint ventures.  Learn about our partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to support Proof of Concept Centers.

A commitment to driving solutions and impact

The mission of the Academy is to drive innovative solutions to society's challenges by advancing scientific research, education, and policy. We focus on building long-term relationships, and have the capability to take your project from the concept stage all the way through implementation, assessment and measurement of impact.


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Vice President, STEM Talent Programs



The Policy Group works with industry, government, and university stakeholders to collectively identify and prioritize areas of focus in science and technology.

Facilitation and Convening

Our trained facilitators work with clients to efficiently identify problems, coordinate discussions, and conduct strategic planning.


We employ a variety of tools and techniques to assess national, local, and institutional policies and programs to determine their efficacy, especially as they relate to missions and objectives. We also help identify and define key performance indicators to aid in evaluation and assessment.


Our staff work closely with leaders from a variety of institutions, including universities, laboratories, companies, and governments, to design new science, technology, and entrepreneurship strategies, policies, and programs.

Implementation and Restructuring

Through the use of logic modeling and additional theories of change, we help clients to implement and evaluate strategic and operational plans emphasizing structural, cultural, and policy change. The goal is to build consensus and manage change.


The Policy Group undertakes research inquiries to explore open questions related to higher education attainment, public–private partnerships, business models, and entrepreneurship. This includes scoping of complex scientific areas, such as vaccines, alternative energy, and disease prevention. Scoping research is shared at appropriate influential events, often at the Academy's state-of-the-art-facilities in New York City, as well as at appropriate scientific meetings and global conferences.

Communications and Knowledge Exchange

The Academy's infrastructure includes well-established mechanisms for information dissemination. This includes proven models of knowledge exchange such as: white papers, project reports, convenings, webinars, publication in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, scientific meetings, and, where appropriate, media, web, and social media outreach.