City of Austin & The University of Texas at Austin Research Collaborations

COA

City of Austin & The University of Texas at Austin
Research Collaborations

Did you know that UT Austin and the City of Austin have an agreement in place to facilitate collaborative research? Austin City Council approved a Master Interlocal Agreement (ILA) to streamline agreements between City departments who are looking for UT research expertise.

The City is especially interested in research projects that will help them achieve the Strategic Direction 2023 goals in the categories of Mobility, Safety, Health and Environment, Culture and Lifelong Learning, Government that Works for All, and Economic Opportunity and Affordability.

Projects may include but are not limited to the following research-focused activities:

  • Academic research involving University faculty, staff, or students
  • Community-based research
  • Program evaluation
  • Best practice studies
  • Strategic planning assistance
  • Data analysis
  • Survey research
  • Use of City departments / services / data for academic research by faculty or students

Feel free to reach out to Charles Purma (COA staff) or RIG@austin.utexas.edu (UT researchers) if you have any questions.

Collaboration Ideas

If you are a current City of Austin staff or UT researcher looking to collaborate on a research project, please complete the Pre-Proposal Form. The information provided on the form will be used to match City departments with UT researchers. You can review the list of questions on the form here.

Progress Update

Teams that have used the ILA to contract a project will need to complete the Progress Update Form.

Past Events

Event: Introduction to The University of Texas at Austin & City of Austin Research Collaborations – Presentation and Teaming Workshop
Description: The purpose of this event was to give a brief overview of the Master Interlocal Agreement (ILA) and to match COA staff that have completed the pre-proposal form with UT researchers based on shared research interests. During the teaming workshop, City Staff shared their departmental needs, research questions, and project ideas with UT researchers and they collaborated on a potential project scope together.
Date: Monday, April 5, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 3:30pm
Recording and Slides: Here are the links to the presentation recording and slides. We recommend downloading the mp4 file to view the recording.

Event: Introduction to City of Austin & The University of Texas at Austin Research Collaborations – Master Interlocal Agreement (ILA) Panel
Date: March 11, 2021
Description: This event gave an overview of the Master Interlocal Agreement (ILA) and insights on how the ILA can help facilitate collaborative research opportunities and streamline agreements between City departments who are looking for UT research expertise.
Recording and Slides: Here are the links to the presentation recording and slides. We recommend downloading the mp4 file to view the recording.

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