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500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Tel: (202)334-3994
Fax: (202)334-1369

FDP Brochure 2012

FDP Brochure 2016


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 The University community has a crucial role to play in support of the President’s goals for stimulating innovation and competitiveness in science and technology and developing the next generation of scientists and engineers. The Federal Demonstration Partnership provides a valuable forum through which Federal science and technology agencies can work creatively with University partners to reduce administrative burdens while advancing scientific discoveries and increasing transparency and accountability.”  ~  Dr. John Holdren, Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy

The Federal Demonstration Partnership is a cooperative initiative among 10 federal agencies and 154 institutional recipients of federal funds for Phase VI. Our Chair and Vice-Chair are Richard Seligman from the California Institute of Technology and Dr. Michele Masucci from Temple University. The FDP is a program convened by the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable of the National Academies. Its purpose is to reduce the administrative burdens associated with research grants and contracts. The interaction between FDP’s 450 or so university and federal representatives takes place in FDP’s 3 annual meetings and, more extensively, in the many collaborative working groups and task forces that meet often by conference calls in order to develop specific work products.

The FDP is a unique forum for individuals from universities and nonprofits to work collaboratively with federal agency officials to improve the national research enterprise.Learn more...

The Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) provides a platform for leaders in science and technology from government, academia, and business to discuss and take action on scientific matters of national importance. These include issues facing partnerships between government, universities, and industry, the academic research enterprise, training of the scientific workforce, the effects of globalization on U.S. research, and others. More about GUIRR...

Evolution of the FDP

Hearings convened by the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) on “Reducing Bureaucratic Accretion” in government and university sponsored research systems.

Creation of the Florida Demonstration Project to develop and test new grants management procedures.  Founding members are five major federal research and development agencies (DOE, NSF, NIH, ONR, USDA), the Florida State University System, and the University of Miami.

1988—FDP II
Expansion through a competitive process to include 45 institutions in 14 states and 10 federal agencies; renamed the Federal Demonstration Project, Phase II.

1996—FDP III
Designated the Federal Demonstration Partnership, Phase III, membership broadens to include an additional 20 institutions, one federal agency, and seven professional associations. Increased faculty participation is realized, bringing an exciting new dimension to the partnership.

2002—FDP IV
Federal Demonstration Partnership, Phase IV, target efforts are being undertaken to increase the participation of minority serving institutions and emerging research institutions. On the institutional side, the activities of the faculty representatives have become more focused and more closely interwoven into the fabric of the FDP. On the federal side, more federal auditors and costing officials are involved in task forces and committees working to reduce administrative burden.

2008—FDP V
Federal Demonstration Partnership, Phase V, current projects include the STAR metrics pilot, A-133 subrecipient monitoring, effort reporting pilot,, JAD team, second faculty burden survey, and administrative burden reduction.

2014—FDP VI
Federal Demonstration Partnership, Phase VI continues to pursue initiatives to streamline and reduce administrative burden.  Please see our Current Initiatives and Committees pages for the most up-to-date information on current projects.

Expanded Clearinghouse Press Release May 2018
Click here to download the Expanded Clearinghouse press release

2018 Faculty Workload Survey
Preparation for the 2018 Faculty Workload Survey has begun. You can read more about it here.

Congressional Hearing on Academic Research Regulatory Relief: A review of New Recommendations Sept. 29, 2016

The Research and Technology subcommittee of the committee on Science, Space and Technology held a hearing to review recent recommendations made by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the U.S. Government accountability Office (GAO) for streamlining federal regulations on academic scientific research to optimize the nation’s investment in research, while ensuring accountability and scientific integrity.

View the testimony

FDP Meeting Dates and Locations

The NEXT FDP Meeting:

May 9-11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
Click here to REGISTER.
Click here to view the AGENDA.