Begun as an experiment in 1986 between five federal agencies (National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Office of Naval Research, Department of Energy, and US Department of Agriculture) and the Florida State University System and the University of Miami to test and evaluate a grant mechanism utilizing a standardized and simplified set of terms and conditions across all participating agencies, the FDP has evolved into an organization of 10 federal agencies and more that 90 research institutions dedicated to finding efficient and effective ways to support research by maximizing resources available for research and minimizing administrative costs.

Phase I (Florida Demonstration Project) 1986-1988
Phase II (Federal Demonstration Project) 1988-1996

Highlights of Phase I and II

  • Implemented mostly commons, streamlined terms and conditions for research grants
  • Increased budget flexibility
  • No cost time extensions
  • Pre-award costs
  • Carry-forward across continuation years
  • Technical progress reports/minimal continuation proposals
  • Revised OMB A-110

Phase III (Federal Demonstration Partnership) 1996-2002

  • Renewing the Government-University Partnership
  • Introduction of Faculty and Program Officers as FDP members
  • Electronic Research Administration
  • Cost Sharing and Effort Reporting
  • Award Terms and Conditions
  • Subawards

Phase IV (Federal Demonstration Partnership) 2002-2008

  • Increased Participation of Emerging Research Institutions
  • Conducted Faculty Burden Survey
  • Introduced A-133 Audit Information System
  • Increased Faculty Participation
  • FDP Terms & Conditions Promoted to Federal Research Terms & Conditions
  • Phase V (Federal Demonstration Partnership) 2008-2014

As the end of Phase IV neared, a strategic planning committee was created to develop the overarching goals and objectives for the FDP in Phase V. The basic theme of the strategic plan is: Researchers doing science, not administration. During Phase V we will be increasing the number of demonstrations that are performed, putting the ā€œDā€ back into the FDP. A main source for ideas on which to base demonstration will be the results of the Faculty Burden Survey. This report outlines how researchers spend their time on federally funded research and will be able to help us see where streamlining is possible without sacrificing accountability.

Phase V (Federal Demonstration Partnership) 2008-2014

  • Conducted 2nd Faculty Workload Survey
  • Conducted survey to estimate the effects of ARRA legislation
  • Project Certification Demonstration
  • FDP/Grants.gov Joint Application Design (JAD) Team
  • Introduced Research Compliance Committee and subcommittees
  • Worklife Balance white paper