One of PRIF's essential tasks is to promote dialogue between science and political practice and, in doing so, to make findings from basic research on the causes of conflict and violence as well as on the conditions of peace usable.
PRIF offers orientation knowledge for the public, policy makers and administration and provides recommendations for action in various policy fields.
Among the target groups are supreme federal authorities, the German Bundestag and Hessian state authorities. Internationally, the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency, as well as the European Commission are to be mentioned.
Since 2017, PRIF is represented in Germany's capital by it's Berlin Office in order to organise and expand networking with political Berlin and thus provide essential support for PRIF's work in Frankfurt am Main.
Policy advice by PRIF is provided through various formats:
- Membership in advisory boards of the Federal Foreign Office,
- Preparation of expert reports,
- participation in hearings of the German Bundestag,
- lectures to senior officials, such as at the Federal Academy for Security Policy.
Policy advice also takes place within the framework of applied research projects:
- in knowledge transfer projects in the research field on radicalisation, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
- in the field of natural science peace research, such as in the research and transfer cluster Natural and Technical Sciences Arms Control Research CNTR, funded by the Federal Foreign Office (AA),
- within the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium, a network for comprehensive advice to the European External Action Service as well as to member states.
With their orientation towards the general public and contributions to political debate and education, the institute’s PRIF Reports, PRIF Spotlights and PRIF Blog are the main channels through which PRIF provides information on policy advice.
One of the publication highlights at PRIF is the Annual Peace Report ("Friedensgutachten"), which has become a central forum for discourse on peace policies in Germany. The publication has been issued in cooperation with other peace research institutes since 1987.