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The University of the District of Columbia

University of the District of Columbia is unique:

  • The only urban land-grant institution nationally
  • Designated Historically Black College/University (HBCU);

    emerging research university

  • The only public option for higher education in the District of Columbia
  • Offers high quality education at an affordable cost
  • Consolidated as University of District of Columbia in 1976 by merging District of Columbia Teachers College, Federal City College and Washington Technical Institute.
  • The University of the District of Columbia strives to be a pacesetter in urban education and has the responsibility to build a diverse generation of competitive, civically engaged scholars and leaders.

UDC Academic Units:

  • College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Environmental Sciences (CAUSES)
  • College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)
  • David A. Clarke School of Law
  • School of Business & Public Administration (SBPA)
  • School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (SEAS)
  • UDC Community College

Learning Resources Division (LRD)

  • Center for the Advancement of Learning (CAL)
    • Offers a diverse range of services, programs, and professional development activities to advance teaching and learning.
    • Provides programming in cross-disciplinary, discipline-specific, and institutional capacities customized to the individual needs of departments, schools, and colleges.
    • Strives to promote a learner-centered culture that values and rewards inclusive, innovative, and effective instruction and course design.
  • Library
    • Provides online access to over 200 databases with thousands of peer-reviewed articles, newspapers, trade publications, e-books, and multi-media resources.
    • Contains over 300,000 print volumes.
    • Offers faculty research support, library instruction, in-person and virtual reference services.
    • Member of the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC)

Research – FY20 Milestones

  • $43M in funding requested   
  • $34M funding awarded
  • Approximately  30% of our funding is from the District of Columbia


Introducing Pivot-RP Funding Database!
Pivot-RP (Research Professional) is a database containing active funding opportunities for all disciplines and project types. It includes a wide variety of funding types, including the federal government, private foundations, and corporate and international funding opportunities—all in one easy-to-search tool. Funding for the Pivot-RP database is provided by the Office of University Research. The following instructions will help get you started. Creating a Pivot-RP account is easy.

To Create a Pivot-RP account:

1. Click on “Create Account” (lower right side of your screen), which will take you to another page.
2. Choose the “Use Email Address/Create Password” option. This will open a form at the bottom of the same page for you to complete.
3. Use your institutional email address (this will be your User ID, e.g.,
4. Fill in all required fields and submit the form.
5. To activate your account, wait for an email from Pivot-RP to validate your account. (Check your spam folder if you do not see the email in your inbox.)

With your personal account, you can:
• Sign up to receive customized funding alerts.
• Save and return to previous funding searches.
• Track and get updates on individual funding opportunities.
• Share funding opportunities with others.
• Edit your public profile.

“Claim your Profile”:
A profile allows you to get automated funding recommendations based on your research interests, publications, and grants and allows you to be discovered by potential collaborators. Upon logging in for the first time, Pivot-RP may prompt you to “claim your profile” or create a profile. (Profiles for the University of the District of Columbia have already been entered in Pivot-RP.)

Click here for a link to the “Start Guide” instructions.
Contact Ms. Cynthia Muhammad ( of OSP with any questions.