The FDP is a cooperative initiative among 10 federal agencies and 119 institutional recipients of federal funds. Its purpose is to reduce the administrative burden research grants and contracts place on faculty and universities, according to the FDP website
. The FDP addresses topics such as the peer-review process, research involving human subjects and administrative support for grant recipients. FDP members have the chance to develop and test potential changes to streamline and improve federal policies.
The University of Idaho joined the Federal Demonstration Partnership in May 2014.