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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Global Working Groups and Global Catalyst Grant Recipients

Selected by a panel of esteemed judges, Northwestern Buffett Global Working Groups receive up to two years of support to pursue their research projects. The support package is valued at more than $150,000 per year and includes funding, fundraising support, graduate assistants and administrative staff support for operations. 

Global Working Groups undertake collaborative, interdisciplinary research that addresses complex global challenges related to one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in coordination with experts and citizens worldwide. The goal is for Global Working Group research to be developed in conjunction with stakeholders who can generate the greatest social impact, including policymakers, practitioners and community members. Global Working Groups share and disseminate their research findings through publications, policy briefs, digital platforms and more. 

For more information, please take a look at Frequently Asked Questions on our Idea Incubation Process.

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global-opioid-crisis-image-for-gwg-landing-page.pngGlobal Opioid Crisis

The Global Opioid Crisis group aims to build an active drug surveillance system and drug policy stringency index that deepens understanding of the global opioid crisis, creating a new foundation for effective evaluation and policymaking.

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media-aesthetics-image-for-gwg-landing-page.pngMedia Aesthetics

The Media Aesthetics group aims to teach young people how to make sense of their sensual perceptions with contextual and self-awareness by developing an aesthetic education curriculum focused on advancing global media literacy in the U.S. and beyond.

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