Supporting COVID-19 Research

Many RAND alumni and supporters have asked how they can help during this challenging time. In response to the growing demand for fact-based research and analysis, the RAND Rapid Research Response Fund was launched. The fund will provide vital resources to research divisions and the Pardee RAND Graduate School, supporting immediate research needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic and any unforeseen research needs that may arise during future emergency situations.

“The greater the uncertainty, danger, and complexity of a crisis, the more I look to RAND for insight and clarity,” said Liz Ondaatje, a former researcher at RAND whose philanthropic support provided an early boost to the fund.

A magnifying glass aimed at coronavirus cells, illustration by South_agency/Getty Images

Illustration by South_agency/Getty Images

“During normal times, I regularly turn to RAND research to understand critical issues involving health, national security, education, and crisis management,” she added. “The COVID-19 crisis has involved all of these and more, exacerbated by lack of trustworthy information, conflicts among local, state, and federal policymakers, and limited discussion of long-term strategies. It gives me comfort to know that ongoing and new research will help address the unprecedented challenges we face.”

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