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The Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research

The Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research serves as a bridge between the academic and policy worlds, advancing scholarly research that addresses pressing issues and concerns.

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Phone: (202) 885-2940 Graduate programs: spagrad@american.edu Undergraduate programs: aupublicaffairs@american.edu

Kerwin Hall

Public Affairs, School of 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 United States

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The Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research serves as a bridge between the academic and policy worlds, advancing scholarly research that addresses pressing issues and concerns. The Institute helps SPA researchers organize and support research projects and promotes collaborative work, effectively putting the lessons of academic research into practice.

WIPAR helps faculty members navigate the proposal process, offering hands-on expertise in conceptualizing, drafting, and coordinating the process between you and the SPA administration. Wether you have an idea and need to find a funding source or if you have a proposal that is ready for submission, we are here to help you start the process.

Apply for Grant Funding

Need Funding?

Reach out to wipar@american.edu with a brief description of your idea and goal for your project. We will help you search for funding that match your interests.

Ready to submit a proposal?

Already know where you want to submit a proposal?
Contact Colette Abichaker, WIPAR's Grants Coordinator, two weeks prior to your deadline with information about where and when you are applying. The process to get a budget approved and additional submission material ready can take several days. Contact us early to ease the process.

Helpful Resources

The PI Checklist will help you, the Principal Investigator, keep track of your grant proposal.

Recent Awards Join us in congratulating recent SPA faculty grant winners!

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Taryn Morrissey's project on Understanding the Effects of State Safety Net and Labor Policies on Family Economic Stability has been awarded a grant from the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin.

Bradley Hardy has received a grant from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth for his project entitled The Historical Shadow of Segregation on Human Capital and Upward Mobility.

Liz Suhay has been awarded a grant from the National Academies of Science for her work on Evidence-based Science Communication to Policymakers.

Upcoming Events

Join the SPA faculty in a discussion of recent research project ideas. Each month a new faculty member shares a proposal idea, seeking input and strategies from colleagues.

The next Ideas Lab will be on Tuesday, September 26th in Kerwin Hall, room 311.
Taryn Morrissey and Karem Jordan will present their ideas.

Upcoming Deadline Calendar