The Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants initiative, which ran from December 2016 to January 2019, provided funding to two cohorts of researchers with diverse backgrounds and sets of expertise to study legislative negotiations in Congress. It is no longer accepting applications. 

Processes of negotiating agreement in Congress are under great stress, as American politics is dominated by intense party polarization, limited agreement among representatives, gridlock, and public distrust. Yet we know very little about the specific challenges of legislative negotiations in Congress, including which formal or informal institutions enable or hinder successful compromises. The Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants initiative provided funding to a cohort of researchers with diverse backgrounds and sets of expertise. The ultimate goal of the initiative was twofold: to inspire a new generation of legislative negotiation scholars, and to create research with practical implications for policymakers.

The impetus for this grants program came from the 2013 American Political Science Association (APSA) Task Force on Negotiating Agreement in Politics and was made possible by generous funding from the Hewlett Foundation’s Madison Initiative.

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The following individuals have supported the mission of the Negotiating Agreement in Congress Research Grants Program:

Jane Mansbridge
Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Harvard University

Sarah Binder
Professor of Political Science, George Washington University

Martin Frost 
President, the Association of Former Members of Congress 

Kerry Haynie
Associate Professor of Political Science, Duke University

Gavin Kilduff
Associate Professor of Management and Organizations

Frances Lee
Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland

Nolan McCarty
Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Christopher Parker
Professor of Political Science, University of Washington

Bettina Poirier
Program Director and Senior Affiliate, Washington College of Law