Who We Are


The Research Technical Assistance Center (RTAC) supports USAID’s missions, bureaus, and independent offices to make evidence-based decisions. Serving as a strategic resource to USAID, RTAC leverages the scientific expertise of academic researchers to provide timely technical assistance.
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Academic Researchers


Global Network
Our network is a diverse and inclusive community of academic researchers.

Timely Research
Our researchers provide timely evidence to inform program design and adaptation to accelerate development impact on complex issues.

Actionable Evidence
Our research results will equip decision makers with the information they need to put evidence into practice.

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Our Areas of Expertise

  • Agriculture and Food Security
  • Climate and Environmental Protection
  • Democracy, Human Rights and Governance
  • Economic Growth and Trade
  • Education
  • Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
  • Global Health
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Working in Crises and Conflict


RTAC is a part of USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) 2.0 portfolio of programs, which is managed by the agency’s U.S. Global Development Lab.
The four-year contract is led by NORC at the University of Chicago in collaboration with its partners.


Consortium Partners

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