As the central organization for research activities at GRIPS, the Policy Research Center promotes policy-oriented, project-based joint research mainly through the following three major activities. First, the Center funds new research projects every year by calling for proposals from faculty members. The adopted projects address specific policy issues facing the world today, and they vary widely.
Second, the center runs awards for publication in international academic books and journals, and book publication grant program. Third, it serves as a platform for research information by gathering and disseminating knowledge and information through holding international conferences and symposia, as well as by publishing discussion papers on the Center website. In addition, the Center strengthens interpersonal networks and opportunities for joint research by accepting visiting scholars from around the world