Institute has been contributing through sponsored as well as non-sponsored research studies to the policy making at central as well as state level. These recognizable knowledge services have influenced at the design and intervention level. IIFT has also done many impact studies post interventions. Major sponsrs of these reaserch studies and consultancy projects have been Department of Commerce, State Governments, Promotional Councils, Boards, Associations and individual firms.
Majority of these assignments have been focused on various aspects of international trade. The major areas of focus have been trade negotiations, trade policy, trade operations, trade logistics, supply chain management, finance, and compliance.