Four accelerators are driving the Long-Range Vision goal of moving knowledge gained at Stanford into policies, technologies, medicines and best practices that are implemented in the world – Stanford Impact LabsInnovative Medicines AcceleratorTransforming Learning Accelerator and the proposed Sustainability Accelerator.

Accelerators work by identifying research with a bearing on a societal challenge; supporting those faculty through funding, access to technologies, expert staffing and space; connecting researchers to external partners; and scaling the results to benefit larger communities.

“Through the accelerators, development and testing of a hypothesis is done collaboratively,” said Jeremy Weinstein, professor of political science in the School of Humanities and Sciences and leader of Stanford Impact Labs. “You aren’t delivering solutions from the ivory tower. You achieve change by being deeply engaged as a trusted partner and bringing science to the table in a way that generates solutions that your partners can be advocates for.”

The collaborative nature of accelerators may be new, but the idea of knowledge born at Stanford impacting the world is not. From technology that helped launch Silicon Valley to new drugs and policies, some faculty have always worked to have impact in the world. What’s new is infrastructure that makes it more straightforward for all faculty who want to have impact to do so.