HUD's authority to accept unsolicited proposals for research partnerships expired on 12/31/2020. HUD is actively working to publish a Federal Register notice to provide ongoing authority to accept unsolicited proposals for research partnerships. More information is available on the "Potential and Upcoming NOFOs (UNOFFICIAL)" tab available at: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/about/pdr-nofos.html.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) has the authority to accept unsolicited research proposals that address current research priorities and allow PD&R to participate in innovative research projects that inform HUD's policies and programs. In accordance with statutory requirements, the research proposals must be submitted by eligible applicants, (eligible applicants are: academic institutions, philanthropic entities, States, federally recognized tribes, and units of local government, and not-for-profit and for-profit institutions located in the United States) and provide cost sharing for at least 50 percent of total project cost from philanthropic entities or Federal, state or local government agencies.

The Department is interested in increasing participation of Minority Serving Institutions of higher education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities in all program areas. Therefore, HUD encourages eligible entities that are not themselves MSIs or HBCUs to develop partnerships with MSIs and HBCUs.

PD&R is focusing its cooperative agreement efforts on research partnerships that will advance one of the following key areas:

  1. Promote Economic Opportunity
  2. Enhance Rental Assistance
  3. Reduce the Average Length of Homelessness
  4. Support Sustainable Homeownership and Financial Viability
  5. Remove Lead Hazards from Homes
  6. Provide Effective Disaster Recovery
  7. Opportunity Zones
  8. Reduce Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing

Click here to learn more about HUD Research Assets.