The research program aims to position the SAS as an institution with its own academic identity and internationally recognized expertise in a number of key research areas of global significance.

SAS relies on multidisciplinary research teams integrated into global academic networks; structurally, these teams replace traditional disciplinary departments and ensure intensive communication among faculty members within and across disciplines.

SAS currently employs 21 full-time faculty and fellows working on 5 research projects. It will employ 45 full-time faculty and host 8 projects by 2020.