Academic Partnership Program

The Academic Partnership Program provides financial support for students and faculty to complete research in areas related to property appraisal, assessment administration, and property tax policy. Acceptance of a grant carries with it an obligation to submit a satisfactory report for publication by the editor of any IAAO publication. Presentation at an IAAO conference is also required.

Academic Partnership Program Grant Recipients

2019 Julie Chang University of Texas at Austin, Texas
2018 Wei Sun University of Memphis, Tennessee
2017 Frank SanPietro University of Memphis, Tennessee
2016 Cory Yemen Rutgers University, New Jersey
2015 Andrew T. Carswell, PhD University of Georgia, Georgia
2014   Paul E. Bidanset University of Ulster, Ireland
2013 Lawrence C. Walters, PhD    Brigham Young University, Utah
2011 David J. West Cornell University, New York

Proposals for research should be submitted on the appropriate form.
• Student Application
• Faculty Application

Academic Partnership Program Guidelines

The IAAO Academic Partnership Program seeks to bring together practitioners and scholars to further the research mission of IAAO and encourage the exchange and development of innovative ideas within the profession.


All graduate/postgraduate students and faculty at accredited colleges/universities are eligible to apply. Both international and domestic students are eligible, however the final report must be in the English language. Funding for each approved project will be between $2,500 and $5,000. Grants are awarded for 1 year.

Subject Areas

  • Valuation of any property type (real or personal) for property tax purposes
  • Assessment administration trends including methods, procedures, and use of technology
  • Political and public acceptance of the property tax including formal appeals
  • Property tax policy and its impact including evolving global policies, initiatives, and economic development strategies
  • Assessment and valuation standards that affect assessment professionals and property owners

Application Guidelines

Download the complete application guidelines and cover sheet. Use the faculty form if you are employed as an instructor/professor by an accredited college/university. Use the student form if you are enrolled as a graduate/postgraduate student at an accredited college/university.
Faculty Application  Student Application

Deadline for receipt of application materials by email:  February 28, 2020! (midnight CDT)


The proposal narrative should be formatted in Microsoft Word. The Cover Sheet is already formatted as a fillable PDF form that the applicant should fill out, obtain a supervisor's signature, scan as a PDF, and send with the proposal.


Submit the proposal packet via email to no later than February 28, 2020. Enter last name, first name in the subject line (Doe, Jane). Recipients will be notified by March 31, 2020. Direct questions to Heather Steel at or (816) 701-8106.

Have a research idea for the Academic Partnership Program?
Submit a Suggestion here.

Mission Statement of the APP:

To facilitate and publish assessment related research through a partnership between institutions of higher learning and IAAO.

Benefits to Academic Partners:

  • Free (term) membership to academics (faculty or student).
  • Share research costs.
  • IAAO will publish articles in the Journal of Property Tax Assessment & Administration, which is indexed by EBSCO & ProQuest and listed in the Cabell Publishing Directory.
  • Complimentary annual conference registration for making a presentation of the research findings.
  • Share educational opportunities in mass-appraisal & assessment administration.
  • Facilitate student internships with assessment jurisdictions.
  • Facilitate joint-project development of mass appraisal valuation models.
  • Facilitate joint-study on property tax issues.

Benefits to IAAO:

  • IAAO members can present subjects that need research.
  • Facilitate student internships with assessment jurisdictions.
  • Create interest in careers in mass-appraisal or tax administration.
  • Catalog research results in IAAO's Library collection.
  • Facilitate data acquisition.
  • Facilitate joint-project development of mass appraisal valuation models.
  • Facilitate joint-study on property tax issues.
  • Build relationship with academics that will foster future project ideas.
  • Study assessment trends & property tax trends with planning & development schools.
  • Study housing styles and economics with architecture schools.
  • Study commercial building uses with engineers.