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Research Partnerships


HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) has authority to enter into unsolicited research partnerships with universities, philanthropic organizations, other federal or state agencies, or a combination of these entities through noncompetitive cooperative agreements. The purpose of these partnerships is to allow PD&R to participate in innovative research projects that inform HUD’s policies and programs. Research partnerships require that at least 50 percent of the costs are funded by the partnering agency. PD&R is focusing its cooperative agreement efforts on research partnerships that will advance one of the following five key areas:

  1. Homeownership and housing finance;
  2. Affordable rental housing;
  3. Housing as a platform for improving quality of life;
  4. Sustainable and inclusive communities; or
  5. HUD Assets.

Research partnership proposals may be submitted to ResearchPartnerships@hud.gov. Institutions submitting proposals are encouraged to review the full list of priority research questions in the Office of Policy Development and Research’s Roadmap, and the priorities of HUD’s Strategic Plan.

To learn more about research projects funded under this program, reports, and frequently asked questions, click here.