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Funding Opportunity for Housing Policy Research

UPDATE: Read frequently asked application questions about this opportunity.

The Housing Solutions Lab at NYU Furman Center is accepting research proposals for Learning from Housing Policy Innovation in Small and Midsize Cities, an initiative to support research that examines housing policies and programs in small and midsize U.S. cities. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Lab will select a maximum of four proposals to each receive up to $30,000 in support. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. All proposals must be submitted by Friday, July 7, 2023, 5:00 p.m. ET.

In alignment with the Lab’s mission, this opportunity aims to fund research that helps cities advance evidence-based housing policies that promote racial equity, increase access to opportunity, and improve health and well-being for residents.

Research proposals may address a broad range of policy topics that have the potential to inform local decision-makers by offering new housing policy knowledge. Priority is given to proposals focusing on land use and zoning reform, tenant protections, eviction prevention, lowering barriers to housing for low-income renters, and increasing access to homeownership, among other topics. Learn about the 2022 Housing Policy Innovation grantees.

Eligible applicants include researchers from U.S.-based colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, and local or city governments. Researchers from all policy disciplines employing quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods research designs are eligible, and early-career and nontraditional scholars are encouraged to apply.

Read the Complete Call for Research Proposals and Frequently Asked Questions about this opportunity and apply by Friday, July 7, 2023, 5:00 p.m. ET.

Please direct questions regarding this opportunity to Director of New Research Partnerships at the NYU Furman Center and Housing Solutions Lab, Claudia Aiken. She may be reached at

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