Defence and security Think Tank the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) has announced the establishment of director general Dr Karin von Hippel’s Strategic Investment Fund. This new initiative will allow the Institute to pursue under-examined or unforeseen critical events. The Strategic Investment Fund has been made possible by the generous contribution of an anonymous donor who has bestowed the hugely generous sum of £750,000.
This Strategic Investment Fund will enable RUSI to be ahead of the curve in responding to new trends in defence and security and rapidly produce cutting-edge research designed to shape the national and international debate. The monies will give RUSI the flexibility to pursue under-examined or unforeseen critical events as and when they occur, as well as help kick-start longer term projects. The projects made possible by Strategic Investment Fund will be chosen and designed to achieve the greatest impact on policy debates.
RUSI would like to pay tribute to the donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, and who has pledged the money over the next five years.
Dr Karin von Hippel said: “In today’s rapidly moving defence and security environment, it’s critical to stay on top of important trends. The Strategic Investment Fund will ensure that RUSI can analyse, debate and provide practical policy recommendations in addition to our regular research agenda. We’re extremely grateful to the donor for helping RUSI to become even more nimble.”
Professor Malcolm Chalmers, RUSI’s deputy director general, added: “As director of our research work, I’m delighted to have the additional flexibility that this new Strategic Investment Fund will provide. It affords significant new resources for working on topics of profound national and international concern. I would like to extend my deep thanks to our donor for this generous gift.”
Paul Summerfield, RUSI’s director of development, concluded: “This philanthropic gift is one of the largest RUSI has ever received. We’re thrilled to have this level of support and are incredibly grateful to the donor.”