In 1986 the Florida Demonstration Project (FDP) began as an experiment with five federal agencies (the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Office of Naval Research, Department of Energy, and the US Department of Agriculture), 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 goal was to reduce the administrative burden associated with federal research grants without compromising the highest levels of stewardship of federal funds. It was acknowledged, however, that not all administrative burden originated in Washington, DC and the universities agreeing to participating in the FDP also committed to examine their own internal administrative processes to reduce administrative burden wherever possible.
Based on the initial success of the Florida Demonstration Project, the same federal agencies, with the addition of NASA, decided to expand the project to a group of universities around the country. The name then changed to Federal Demonstration Project (still FDP).
Many of our partnerships with federal agencies resulted in the resources and flexibilities research institutions have today to reduce administrative burden related to research. Take a look at FDP’s history and select key accomplishments: