The Peace Research Endowment (PRE) supports international, rigorous research on conflict and peace to measurably affect the policy and practice of peacemaking and peacebuilding – contributing to a world in which violence is the exception and conflicts are resolved peacefully.
PRE aims to provide a mechanism for bridging the divides that often separate researchers and policy makers.
The Endowment funds emerging, critical and under-resourced academic and policy orientated research, data and analysis, building solid, dynamic relationships between researchers, policymakers and civil society. Priority will be given to strategic and innovative partnerships that transform research into effective policy.
The Endowment is growing a rapid response capacity to enable immediate funding of urgently needed research for emerging and crisis situations.
During critical windows of opportunity, the Endowment can be called upon to use its convening power to bring together key actors from government, international and regional organizations, civil society, scholars and experts for study, discussion and dialogue, including Track II encounters. Often, small interventions can have a meaningful and timely impact.
PRE has been endowed with a core grant from the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), a leading international, interdisciplinary research center. PRIO is an institutional research partner of PRE. The Endowment funds research both in partnership with and independent of PRIO.
“It’s time to step into the space when the tensions are up and say ‘I will do this research when tension are already high’ – in order to point us to a greater understanding of how peace can be delivered and developed more effectively.” – Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2011