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The CUSPE (Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange) Challenges is a policy research programme that runs yearly for 6 months and  brings together the best researchers in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire County Council senior management team and elected councillors.

During the programme, researchers will investigate critical research questions that senior officers and members of Cambridgeshire County Council have raised, and will provide evidence-based recommendations on how to adapt policies in order to deliver the county's strategic goals as best as possible.

The Policy Challenges programme was launched by Cllr Ian Manning in 2016 to encourage collaboration between the Cambridgeshire county council and CUSPE. 

The Policy Challenges are now open to any researcher based in Cambridge for the duration of the project. 

The programme is a very good opportunity for researchers to experience policy-making at the local government level, and for the county council to benefit from world-class researchers investigating crucial problems.

Programme Structure

Each team is made of up to four Cambridge researchers and investigates a research question over six months. The team then presents policy recommendations at a County Council committee meeting. The programme runs between March, when teams are selected, and September, when reports and policy recommendations are presented.

Researchers can apply to participate in the programme until the 15th March 2019, by completing an application form here:

Application Form

For any further practical information regarding the programme, please visit our dedicated page:

Practical Programme Information

For any further information regarding our past projects and their impact, please visit our dedicated page:

Past Projects

Additional Information

The Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE) is an organisation run by - and for - early career researchers. It provides Cambridge researchers with an exposure to policy work. 

Founded in 2012, CUSPE strives to support young scientists who wish either to influence policy from within the research environment, or to pursue directly a career with the governments of the UK or European Union. CUSPE attracts academics from a wide array of disciplines, all of whom have a desire to understand how their own research, or science more generally, fits within a broader policy context. 

CUSPE's aim is to build stronger links between our members and government policy makers, with programmes like the policy challenges. 

To find out more about CUSPE, please visit their website:

CUSPE

Cllr Ian Manning, elected Cambridgeshire County Councillor - Member champion and Founder of the programme

Yue-Yi Hwa, PhD candidate in Education - Programme Coordinator from CUSPE for the year 2019. 

Joachim Dias, Senior Adviser - Will lead the research side of the programme for the year 2019. If you have any questions regarding it, please email: [email protected]

Alan Scott, Adviser - Will lead the communications side of the programme for the year 2019. 

Gwendolyn Casazza, Manager - Will support teams throughout the programme for the year 2019.


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