Jonathan Grant


Jonathan’s research interests are in biomedical and health R&D policy, research impact assessment, the use of research and evidence in policy and decision-taking, and the social purpose of universities in the 21st century. Jonathan has significant international experience, having helped formulate and implement R&D and other strategies in, for example, the UK, Greece, Norway, Qatar, Oman, Australia, Canada and the USA.

Jonathan was formerly Vice President & Vice Principal (Service) at King’s College London.  Service is King’s award-winning and unique commitment to social responsibility and covers a range of activities including social reform, research impact, service-led learning, volunteering, and environment sustainability.  It is one of King’s five strategic priorities and encapsulates King’s commitment to society beyond education and research.

Jonathan joined King’s in 2014 to set up the Policy Institute at King’s, and was its Director until 2017, when he stepped down to “hold the pen” on developing King’s strategic vision 2029. He continues to work on a part time basis at the Policy Institute, where he is Professor of Public Policy and leads several research projects.  For the other half of his time he runs a small consultancy business, Different Angles, that focus on the social impact of research and universities. He is also a senior advisor to the Nous Group, an international management consultancy, and Researchfish, a data platform that captures research impact from funded grants, and a Research Fellow at RAND Europe, a public policy think tank. Jonathan is also a Trustee of the Association of Medical Research Charities.”

Prior to joining King’s, Jonathan was President of RAND Europe between June 2006 and October 2012, where he oversaw the doubling of the organisation’s activity in Europe and the establishment of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, a joint venture with the University of Cambridge.  Before joining RAND in 2002, he was Head of Policy at the Wellcome Trust.

Jonathan’s new book, The New Power University.  The social purpose of higher education in the 21st century, will be published by Pearson in February 2021.