Richard Almy Research Grant Program

IAAO is now accepting research topics submissions for the 2024 Richard Almy Research Grant Program and IAAO members, along with students and faculty, are now eligible to submit proposals. The Richard Almy Research Grant Program, formerly the Academic Partnership Program, provides financial support for IAAO members, students, and faculty to complete research in areas related to property appraisal, assessment administration, and property tax policy. The deadline to apply for 2024 is Jan. 31, 2024. Past recipients also listed below.

Richard Almy Research Grant Program Guidelines
The IAAO Richard Almy Research Grant 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.  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 may be requested.


All IAAO members, 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
  • 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. Submission deadline is Jan. 31, 2024.

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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.

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Mission Statement of the Richard Almy Research Grant:

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.

Richard Almy Research Grant Recipients

2023 Luc D. Hermans University of Ulster, Ireland
2023 Marek Walacik The University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland
  & Małgorzata Renigier-Biłozor The University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland
  & Artur Janowski The University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland
2022 Stephanie Vieille, Ph.D. Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC
  & Laura MacLean, MBA, AACI, P .App Property Valuation Services Corporation
2022  Kenneth Chilton, Ph.D. Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee
2021 Michael McCord, Ph.D. & Peader Davis, Ph.D. University of Ulster, Ireland
2020 Jared Linna University of Memphis, Tennessee
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, Ph.D. University of Georgia, Georgia
2014   Paul E. Bidanset University of Ulster, Ireland
2013 Lawrence C. Walters, Ph.D. Brigham Young University, Utah
2011 David J. West Cornell University, New York