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.

Faculty Innovation Grants (FIGs)

The Office of the President at UT Austin invites applications for Faculty Innovation Grants (FIGs) to support faculty who want to explore innovative ideas related to improving social, emotional, and behavioral health in Austin, Texas, whether among members of The University of Texas at Austin (UT) community or others residing in Austin, Travis County, or adjacent counties.

Of particular interest is research that applies, evaluates, and/or operationalizes theories, models, or interventions in partnerships with community stakeholders, including non-profit organizations, the business community, the City of Austin, and/or Travis County or adjacent counties. UT researchers who are interested in identifying prospective City of Austin staff partners (and vice versa) are encouraged to submit an inquiry form here.

Up to four grants of $25,000 will be competitively awarded by the Office of the President. Tenured and tenure-track faculty, research faculty, and professional faculty are eligible to apply. For more information, please visit the competition website.

For programmatic questions, please contact Mia Vinton at mia.vinton@austin.utexas.edu. For InfoReady Review Questions, contact vprcompetitions@austin.utexas.edu.

Past Competitions

The first cycle of the Faculty Innovation Grants (FIGs) competition was dedicated to the exploration of innovative ideas related to the need for affordable housing in Austin, Texas.

Awardees:

  • Ming Zhang, Develop a Planning Support Tool for Promoting Equitable Transit-Oriented Development and Affordable Housing in Austin, TX
  • Elizabeth “Becky” Pettit, Examining Housing (In)Stability after Incarceration
  • Elizabeth Mueller, Improving housing conditions and stability for residents of “Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing” in Austin, Texas

Progress Update

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

Upcoming Events

Please check back soon for updates.

Past Events

Event: Fall 2021 Information Session
Description: This event gave an overview of collaborative research opportunities and the types of research and activities that can be funded under the Master Interlocal Agreement (ILA).
Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm
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 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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