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Higher Education & Research

Success in Washington requires a multi-pronged approach, including driving policy at the Congressional level, introducing researchers to key agency officials, and advising and consulting with university researchers to build competitive proposals.

Federal research budgets are flat, and the competition between higher education institutions for federal funding is increasing. Faculty and administrators across the county are struggling to find new sources of extramural research funding. Van Scoyoc Associates’ (VSA’s) research and development professionals provide a range of resources to administrators and faculty to help identify federal funding trends and upcoming opportunities, plan and organize their resources to maximize their comparative advantages, and successfully capture competitive awards.

VSA’s research and development experts have decades of experience working with and for institutions of higher education. With experience ranging from service as university faculty members, senior staff for relevant congressional committees, and service in federal agencies, VSA has unique insight into how to bring university faculty, administrators, and federal officials together to achieve research and development success.

VSA’s approach to assisting higher education entities with research and development efforts is comprehensive. We have experts who manage client needs and provide strategic counsel and planning and analysis. We also work with a network of former high-level agency officials from key agencies that fund research and development, such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the Department of Agriculture and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. These relationships provide clients with unparalleled insight into the cultures and processes at federal agencies and can help guide research institutions and faculty toward success.