The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) has authority to enter into unsolicited research partnerships with academic institutions, philanthropic entities, state and units of local government, and not-for-profit and for-profit institutions located in the United States through noncompetitive cooperative agreements. HUD developed the Research Partnerships vehicle to allow greater flexibility in addressing important policy questions and to better utilize external expertise in evaluating the local innovations and effectiveness of programs impacting residents of urban, suburban, rural and tribal areas. HUD can accept unsolicited research proposals that address current research priorities and allow PD&R to participate in innovative research projects that inform HUD’s policies and programs. These projects are meant to align with PD&R’s research priorities and help HUD answer key policy and programmatic questions in ways that can inform new policy and program development efforts. Research partnerships require that at least 50 percent of the costs are funded by a partnering agency or organization. PD&R is focusing its cooperative agreement efforts on research partnerships that will advance one of the following key areas: Strengthening Housing Markets: Homeownership and Housing Finance; Affordable Quality Rental Housing; Housing as a Platform for Improving Quality of Life; Resilient and Inclusive Communities; HUD Research Assets.