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The role of the Policy Development and Research (PDR) office at HUD is to examine novel ideas, relevant policy issues, and other data to help the Secretary and other HUD senior staff make educated decisions regarding HUD policies, standards, procedures, and programs.1 In 2012, the HUD PDR office was authorized, by way of a notice, to begin accepting unsolicited proposals and entering unsolicited research partnerships with U.S.-based academic institutions, philanthropies, state and local governments, and non-profit institutions through non-competitive, cooperative agreements.2 These research partnerships present a good opportunity for organizations and entities to perform timely research projects, though HUD’s PDR office requires that half of the costs are funded by a partnering agency or organization.
In addition, any proposal that is submitted to HUD’s PDR office must align with one of the priorities outlined by HUD. Furthermore, while it is not necessary, HUDs PDR office encourages the use of HUD’s available resources, specifically HUD demonstrations, HUD data infrastructure, and HUD administrative data linkages. More information on these resources can be found here.
Proposals can be submitted to ResearchPartnerships@hud.gov at any time and do not have to follow a standard format. However, they should include the contact information of the lead applicant and provide evidence of the required 50% cost share. Jurisdictions can consider proposals to PDR that advance innovative funding mechanisms for lead hazard remediation or groundbreaking demonstration programs.