The BRIDGE Network


The BRIDGE (Basic Research Institutions Delivering Graduate Education) Network is an international group of institutes that carry out original research and graduate training, without being full universities with undergraduate education programmes.

Institute directors at the launch of the BRIDGE network.

From left: Franklin Hoke, Rockefeller University; Tom Henzinger, IST Austria; Mary Collins, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology; Paul Nurse, Francis Crick Institute; Daniel Zajfman, Weizmann Institute of Science

The five founding members of the network are the Crick, IST Austria, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, the Rockefeller University and the Weizmann Institute of Science.

The main aims of the network are to:

  • Advocate common values, in particular excellence in research and graduate education, internationality, research ethics, responsible leadership and mentorship, autonomy, openness and diversity
  • Promote successful organizational models for research and graduate education
  • Promote standards for evaluation of scientific institutes and graduate universities
  • Address issues of common concern and develop common positions towards third parties (national and international)
  • Issue policy statements
  • Provide a forum for regular meetings
  • Develop best practices through mutual exchange of experiences
  • Support the member organizations and strengthen communication and collaboration between them

The BRIDGE Network’s website has more information about the network, its charter and the founding members.