Poverty Institute Receives $10.6 Million Dollar Grant

Will support and diversity the corps of poverty researchers working on questions related to equity, inclusion, diversity, and access in economic mobility and human services policy

Dr. Katherine Magnuson
Dr. Katherine Magnuson

Vilas Distinguished Professor of Social Work and UW-Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) Director Katherine Magnuson announced that IRP, the nation’s longest-standing center for poverty research, has been awarded a five-year, $10.6 million cooperative agreement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to serve as the National Research Center on Poverty and Economic Mobility.

During  the next five years, IRP will work closely with the other 10 institutions in the Collaborative of U.S. Poverty Centers (CPC), which represents a sustainable, nationwide infrastructure to facilitate the exchange of applied poverty policy research ideas and findings among the nation’s scholars, policymakers, and policy practitioners.

All supported programs will prioritize building a pipeline of scholars from historically underrepresented groups and supporting their research. Key elements of the new five-year agreement are fellowships that provide training and mentoring as well as financial support; grants to support poverty and economic mobility research; annual training workshops for scholars at all stages of their careers; and dissemination of cutting-edge poverty and economic mobility research to a variety of audiences, including federal and state policymakers.

For more information about IRP, visit  https://www.irp.wisc.edu/