The U.S. Office of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has unsolicited funding through the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R). There is funding still available for cooperative research agreements before the next budget is approved.
PD&R accepts unsolicited research proposals that address research priorities. The June 13, 2016, Federal Register notice indicated HUD was making approximately $1 million available for research partnerships.
Research projects require a 50 percent match by philanthropic entities or Federal, state, or local government agencies. Cooperative research agreements must advance one of the following areas:
- Strengthening Housing Markets: Homeownership and Housing Finance
- Affordable Quality Rental Housing
- Housing as a Platform for Improving Quality of Life
- Resilient and Inclusive Communities
- HUD Research Assets
An example cooperative research agreement project is called Coming Home, which tests the current tenant selection criteria in New York City public housing by allowing 150 formerly incarcerated individuals to return to New York City Housing Authority housing and move in with their families. The PD&R-funded research evaluation examines the program’s design and implementation, and assesses feasibility for scaling-up and replicating in other jurisdictions. Partners also include the Corporation for Supportive Housing, the New York City Department of Homeless Services and nonprofit reentry service providers. The Vera Institute of Justice is evaluating the pilot under this HUD opportunity.
Formerly the Office of University Partnerships, this HUD agency was established to encourage and expand university research efforts that focus on solving urban and rural challenges.
Submit research partnership proposals to ResearchPartnerships@hud.gov.