NORC at the University of Chicago Awarded $24 Million from USAID to Establish Research Technical Assistance Center

​CHICAGO, August 2, 2018 — The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a contract valued at up to $24 million to NORC at the University of Chicago to establish a Research Technical Assistance Center (RTAC). RTAC is under the portfolio of USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network programs managed by USAID’s Global Development Lab. RTAC will run from 2018 until 2022.  

Under this award, NORC and its consortium of partners will build a global network of academic researchers to provide USAID with rapid response, on-demand research expertise. This technical assistance will help USAID continue to make evidence-based decisions and improve global programming. NORC will continue to expand its network of vetted academic researchers throughout the duration of the award to meet USAID’s evolving needs.

NORC’s consortium currently includes:

  • Arizona State University
  • Centro de Investigación de la Universidad del Pacifico (Lima, Peru)
  • Davis Management Group
  • DevLab@Duke University  
  • Forum One
  • Institute of International Education
  • Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development
  • Population Reference Bureau
  • Resilient Africa Network at Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda)
  • United Negro College Fund
  • University of Chicago
    • Harris School of Public Policy
    • International Innovations Corps
    • University of Chicago Center in Delhi
    • Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflict  
  • University of Illinois at Chicago


About NORC at the University of Chicago
NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective, non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, NORC has conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Today, government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world partner with NORC to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.

Contact: For more information, contact Eric Young for NORC at or (703) 217-6814 (cell).