Timely Research. Actionable Evidence. Development Impact.
The Research Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) supports USAID’s Missions, Bureaus, and Independent Offices to make evidence-based decisions. Our global network of 1000 plus university-affiliated scholars and development experts work to enhance the impact of USAID sponsored initiatives and guide decision making with the latest research.Read about our work
Our Global Network
Faculty, Graduate Students, Post-Doctoral Students
Researchers affiliated with Developing-Country Academic Institutions
Countries Represented in the Network
Universities Around the World
Percentage of Members Outside the U.S.
A Profile of RTAC’s Research-related Partnerships
Update on Impact of COVID-19 on Food Security
Translating and Disseminating Existing Research: A Guide to RTAC’s Research Communications Products
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RTAC has specific expertise in implementing complex research studies, developing a range of research-translation products, organizing, and facilitating expert panels and convenings, designing and implementing tailored technical trainings, and offering other technical assistance and strategic support at the request of USAID. Learn more about RTAC and our nine distinct areas of expertise.
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RTAC Celebrates African American History Month
Applying Novel Digital Strategies in Development: Education and Engaging Offline Communities
Digital Strategies in Education – Evidence From the Field
Climate and Environmental Protection
Forests, grasslands, rivers, lakes, coral reefs and other ecosystems provide essential resources that provide food, water, shelter and energy. But those ecosystems and resources are threatened further by global climate change.More Stories More Resources
Scaling Back Wildlife Trade in the Mekong Delta: Applying a Political Economy Lens to the Farmer Loophole with a Focus on Vietnam and Laos
Smoke Signals: Policy Solutions to Sustain Colombian Forests
Training Manual: Using Cocoa Pod Husks to Improve Crop Yields and Soil Quality
Economic Growth and Trade
Broad-based economic growth is essential to sustainable, long-term development.More Stories More Resources