Jonathan Grant is Director of the Policy Institute, Professor of Public Policy, and Assistant Principal for Strategy at King’s College London. The aim of the Policy Institute is to improve evidence-informed policy and practice by facilitating mutual engagement between academic, business and policy communities around current and future policy needs in the UK and globally.
Jonathan's main research interests are in biomedical and health R&D policy, research impact assessment and the use of research and evidence in policy and decision making. He has significant international experience providing analytical support on the formulation and implementation of R&D strategies in, for example, the UK, Greece, Norway, Qatar, Oman, Australia, Canada and the USA. Jonathan co-founded the International School on Research Impact Assessment.
Recent studies that Jonathan has led include: an assessment of the impact case studies from the UK Research Excellence Framework; a project estimating the economic returns from cancer-related research in the UK; and a study looking at the economic spillovers from public-funded biomedical and health research.
In 2013, he co-authored a book, The Drugs Don’t Work, on the global threat of antimicrobial resistance. The book, written in collaboration with the Chief Medical Office of England, Professor Dame Sally Davies, and an expert in infectious diseases, Prof Mike Catchpole, was serialised by The Sunday Times and featured in the New Statesman and The Scotsman.
Jonathan was President of RAND Europe between June 2006 and October 2012. Under his leadership, Jonathan oversaw the doubling of the organisation’s activity in Europe, the founding of a vibrant and successful office in Brussels, and the establishment of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, a joint venture with the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining RAND in 2002, Jonathan was Head of Policy at the Wellcome Trust.
Jonathan received his PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, University of London, and his B.Sc. (Econ) from the London School of Economics.