For a second year, the McDonnell Academy and the Social Policy Institute partnered to provide seed grants for international research. The previous round supported three international social-policy focused projects. This year’s focus was on addressing the challenges of COVID-19 through artificial intelligence, technology, and big data. Three new projects were selected to receive seed funding of up to $30,000 each. The recipients include researchers from both Washington University and McDonnell Academy partner institutions in China, India and Israel. 

Each of the new research projects supports the overarching missions of both the McDonnell International Scholars Academy and the Social Policy Institute. Funding for the seed grants was provided in part by the Mastercard Impact Fund, in collaboration with the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth.