How We're Funded

RAND is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. Our research is sponsored by U.S. government agencies; U.S. state and local governments; non-U.S. governments, agencies, and ministries; international organizations; colleges and universities; foundations; professional associations; other nonprofit organizations; and industry.

In addition, we rely on philanthropic support to reach beyond the scope of client-sponsored work to tackle questions that may be too big, too complex, or too new for our clients to address.

Current clients can learn more about their projects from the relevant RAND business contacts.



Source Amount
Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense and other national security agencies $69.7M
Other federal agencies $16.4M
State and local government agencies $6.6M
Non-U.S. government agencies and international NGOs $13.9M
Universities $0.7M
Other nonprofit organizations $5.2M
Foundations $23.9M
Philanthropic contributions $9.9M
Private sector $3.3M
Other $1.4M
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and related agencies $66.1M
U.S. Army $43.8M
U.S. Air Force $48.9M
U.S. Department of Homeland Security $8.9M

*FY2017, net of subcontracts and RAND-initiated research.

List of Clients and Grantors

Note: For more information about the grantor of a particular RAND document or publication, please reference the document's copyright page. RAND also conducts independent research on highly relevant and/or underfunded topics of benefit to the public good.

U.S. Government

  • Administrative Office of the United States Courts
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Department of Commerce
    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Department of Defense
    • Defense Centers of Excellence
    • Defense Contract Management Agency
    • Defense Security Cooperation Agency
    • Department of the Air Force
    • Department of the Army
      • Medical Research Acquisition Activity
    • Department of the Navy
      • Marine Corps
      • Naval Postgraduate School
    • Joint Special Operations Command
    • Joint Staff
    • Office of the Secretary of Defense
      • Office of the Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation
      • Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
        • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
      • Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
      • Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
    • Special Operations Joint Task Force–Afghanistan
    • Unified Combatant Commands
  • Department of Education
    • Institute of Education Sciences
  • Department of Energy
    • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Department of Health and Human Services
    • Administration for Children and Families
    • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
    • Health Resources and Services Administration
    • National Institutes of Health
      • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
      • National Cancer Institute
      • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
      • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
      • National Institute on Aging
      • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
      • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
      • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
      • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
      • National Institute on Drug Abuse
      • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
      • National Institute of Mental Health
      • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
      • National Institute of Nursing Research
  • Department of Homeland Security
    • Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office
      • Domestic Nuclear Detection Office
      • Office of Health Affairs
    • DHS–HQ
    • Federal Emergency Management Agency
    • National Protection and Programs Directorate
    • Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans
    • Science and Technology Directorate
    • Transportation Security Administration
    • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    • U.S. Coast Guard
    • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Department of Justice
    • National Institute of Justice
      • Office of Justice Programs
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of State
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Science Foundation
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence
    • Intelligence Community

U.S. State and Local Governments

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • Department of Public Health
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    • County of Allegheny
    • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
    • Office of the Attorney General
  • State of California
    • City of Santa Monica
    • Department of Industrial Relations
    • Department of Social Services
    • Los Angeles County
      • First 5 LA
      • Metropolitan Transportation Authority
      • Probation Department
  • State of Delaware
  • State of Illinois
    • City of Chicago
  • State of Louisiana
    • City of New Orleans
  • State of Michigan
    • Michigan Indigent Defense Commission
  • State of New York
    • NYC Opportunity
    • Office of Indigent Legal Services
  • State of Ohio
    • Cincinnati Public Schools
  • State of Oregon
    • Multnomah County Health Department
    • Oregon Health Authority
  • State of Vermont
    • Agency of Administration

Non-U.S. Governments, Agencies, and Ministries

  • Canada
    • Department of National Defence
  • Commonwealth of Australia
  • European Union
    • European Commission
      • Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
      • Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs
      • Directorate-General for Research and Innovation
      • Research Executive Agency
    • European Defence Agency
    • European Parliament
  • Government of Japan
  • Iraq
    • Kurdistan Regional Government
  • People's Republic of China
    • Jinan Water Resources Bureau
  • Republic of Korea
    • Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs
  • United Arab Emirates
    • Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
    • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
    • Department of Health
    • Department for Transport
    • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
    • Ministry of Defence
    • National Institute for Health Research
    • Public Health England
    • Transport for London

International Organizations

  • BasicNeeds
  • NATO
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • World Bank
  • World Health Organization

Colleges and Universities

  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
    • Columbia University Medical Center
  • The Evergreen State College
  • Florida International University
  • The George Washington University
  • Harvard University
    • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Indiana University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Research Foundation of the City University of New York
  • Singapore Management University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Arizona, Tucson
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of California
    • University of California, Berkeley
    • University of California, Los Angeles
    • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • The University of Nevada, Reno
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Southern California
  • The University of Texas at Tyler
  • University of Washington
  • Vanderbilt University


  • Aetna Foundation
  • Baton Rouge Area Foundation
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
  • The California Endowment
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • CHDI Foundation
  • The Commonwealth Fund
  • Communities Foundation of Texas
  • Una Chapman Cox Foundation
  • DICK'S Sporting Good Foundation
  • Elizabeth Dole Foundation
  • Education Endowment Foundation
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The Health Foundation
  • Health Strategies of New Hampshire, Inc.
  • The Helmsley Charitable Trust
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • The Klarman Family Foundation
  • Laughing Gull Foundation
  • Henry Luce Foundation
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • Nellie Mae Education Foundation
  • McCormick Tribune Foundation
  • Richard King Mellon Foundation
  • New York State Health Foundation
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation
  • Raikes Foundation
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Royal Society
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • The Stanton Foundation
  • The Wallace Foundation
  • Walton Family Foundation

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Nursing
  • American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • American Heart Association
  • American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association
  • National Governors Association

Other Nonprofit Organizations

  • American Institutes for Research
  • Baycrest
  • Brilliant Corners
  • California Mental Health Services Authority
  • California Travel and Tourism Commission
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Center for Court Innovation
  • Children's Hospital Boston
  • Collaborative Spine Research Foundation
  • College for All Texans Foundation
  • Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Criterion Education, LLC
  • ExpandED Schools
  • Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates
  • Gulf of Mexico Alliance
  • Harlem Children's Zone
  • Hepatitis Foundation International
  • International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)
  • JIR PFS (“Just-in-Reach” Pay for Success)
  • Kaiser Foundation Research Institute
  • Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative
  • Korea Institute for Defense Analyses
  • Leading Educators
  • Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • The MITRE Corporation
  • The Monterrey Metropolitan Water Fund (Fondo de Agua Metropolitano de Monterrey)
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • National Committee for Quality Assurance
  • National Education Association
  • National Safety Council
  • Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • New Leaders for New Schools
  • NYC Leadership Academy
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • The Research Foundation for the State University of New York
  • The Scripps Research Institute
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Single Stop USA
  • TNTP
  • United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  • Vera Institute of Justice
  • The Water Institute of the Gulf


  • Abt Associates
  • AIA Group
  • Alkermes
  • American Petroleum Institute
  • Amgen
  • Biogen
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Canvas Medical
  • CarePoint Health
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc.
  • Health Services Advisory Group
  • ICF International, Inc.
  • IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor)
  • Janssen Scientific Affairs
  • KH Consulting Group
  • Kidney Disease Program of Glendale
  • Mathematica Policy Research
  • Microsoft
  • New York City Economic Development Corporation
  • Pillar Systems Corporation
  • Policy Studies Associates, Inc.
  • Renova Therapeutics
  • Resolution Economics
  • Schell Games
  • Symantec
  • Truven Health Analytics
  • United Healthcare Services, Inc.
  • VitalityHealth
  • Westat

Note: These clients and grantors commissioned one or more projects that were active in 2017 and that totaled at least $100,000.

Updated April 9, 2018