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.
Being part of the FDP gives the University of Idaho the opportunity to have a voice in federal decisions that affect research and researchers.
“We want to be out in front of changes and be a part of those changes happening,” said Polly Knutson, Director of Research Administration for the University. “It’s important for us to work on the federal level to improve research administration and reduce burden on faculty.” One faculty member and two OSP staff members represent the University at three annual FDP meetings, where they meet with the decision-makers from the federal agencies that sponsor and regulate research."
For more information about the FDP, visit the FDP website.