The Kennedy Institute of Ethics is a center for engaged ethics at Georgetown University. Established in 1971, it is one of the oldest academic ethics centers in the world. It helped to invent the field of bioethics, beginning a tradition of creative leadership in practical ethics that continues into the twenty-first century.
The partnership between the Ethics Institute (EI) and The Kennedy Institute of Ethics (KIE) began in 2015 when the KIE launched the first-ever Bioethics MOOC, and the Ethics Institute was asked to pilot the program to groups of students and parents at Kent Place School. From there, the EI and KIE developed the Ethics in Action Program, and beginning in 2017, the partnership with the Bioethics Project began. Each year, the KIE at Georgetown University provides research scholars to mentor the students participating in The Bioethics Project. Mentors work one-on-one with the students to ensure in-depth ethical thinking and the highest level of scholarly research on the topics selected.