Columbia University began participation in the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) on October 1, 1988. Begun as an experiment in 1986 between five federal agencies and two Florida universities 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.The participating agencies are the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Health, Department of the Army/Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Aeronautic and Space Administration.
The FDP is a cooperative effort among academic institutions and federal agencies to increase research productivity and reduce administrative costs through the elimination of the need to seek prior approval directly from sponsoring agencies for certain need categories such as equipment purchases, travel, no funds extensions, etc.
All requests for agency prior approval must be routed through the LDEO Office of Contracts and Grants. Each agency may have different requirements for prior approval, so make sure to look over the requirements before each submission.