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The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is pleased to announce Tufts’ recent acceptance for membership into the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) for participation in the FDP’s Phase VI. The FDP is an association of federal agencies, research policy organizations, and academic research institutions with administrative, faculty, and technical representation that work to streamline the administration of federally sponsored research. The FDP uniquely offers a forum for individuals from universities and nonprofits to work collaboratively with federal agency officials toward the goal of improving the productivity of research without compromising its stewardship. Members are expected to have a “hands on” approach, propose new national initiatives, and participate in task forces and pilots that affect regulatory landscape.

Tufts FDP representatives are: Zoya Davis-Hamilton (business), Elena Naumova and Sarah Booth (faculty), and Angela Coutlis (technical). As an FDP member, Tufts is required to participate actively in FDP activities and attend up to three meetings per year in Washington, DC in January, May and September

Go to www.thefdp.org to learn more about FDP’s role in improving the national research enterprise.

FDP membership offers Tufts a tremendous opportunity for collaborative effort  with federal agency officials to improve the national research enterprise. We join ten federal agencies and over 119 universities and nonprofits that identify, test, and implement new, more effective ways of managing federal research funds. Federal research agencies include: National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Army Research Office (ARO), Army Medical Research and Material Command (AMRMC), National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Department of Homeland Security.

Tufts University has integrated the research enterprise with its overall institutional goals and is dedicating significant time, effort and resources to thoughtfully evaluate and redesign administrative support of research, including federally-funded research. By participating in the FDP we will share our experience and be a resource to other organizations in assessing organizational needs, measuring outcomes and tackling challenges for improvement and redesign of administration of federally funded research. As we build and maintain management and administrative procedures and systems in compliance with the standards and requirements of the federal government, we are also well positioned to consider and evaluate any impact of forthcoming research policy changes that the federal agencies are discussing or planning to implement.

We hope to learn from our fellow FDP member organizations as well. While we have invested a great deal of resources to improvement, we will benefit from interacting with institutions facing similar challenges to take our improvements to the next level. We believe that an active partnership and dialogue with similar institutions will enhance our quest for excellence.