The RTAC Network


RTAC has a growing network of university researchers comprised of 254 graduate and post-doctoral students, lecturers, and faculty affiliated with 128 organizations around the world.

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Members of the RTAC network will have access to a number of professional opportunities and tailored resources.
Icon of a stylized globe with lines connecting to three heads Networking and Collaboration

Researchers will have opportunities to work with other researchers across the United States and in countries where USAID works. They will also be able to promote their research findings, other technical materials, and events hosted by their academic institutions.

Icon of three heads with a speech bubble Expert Panels and Agenda-Setting Consultations

Researchers may be invited to present as part of expert panels or participate in consultations around the Agency’s priority development topics.

Icon of a circle with connected dots across it Innovative Research Utilization Tools and Resources

Researchers will have access to innovative tools and resources that can help maximize the policy- and program-related impact of their research.

Icon of a trophy with a star on it Exclusive Research Opportunities

Researchers accepted to the RTAC network will be granted access to a password-protected database of short-term, USAID-funded research opportunities for global development.


Researchers affiliated with academic institutions who join the RTAC network will be eligible to apply for funding on exclusive, short-term global research assignments. Types of assignments may include:
Conducting research on cutting-edge development topics.
Participating in expert panels and agenda-setting consultations for high level U.S. Government decisionmakers and implementing partners.
Designing and delivering specialized training for USAID staff, researchers, and implementing partners.
Serving as special advisors to the Agency on key development issues.
Consulting on the design of USAID programs and research.
Supporting other short-term, research-based technical assistance.