NC Office of Strategic Partnerships

The North Carolina Office of Strategic Partnerships (OSP) develops, launches, and enhances partnerships between state government and North Carolina’s research and philanthropic sectors. This includes elevating the State’s internal capacity to use and generate evidence in its policy and programmatic functions.

We do this in part by building and enhancing collaborative networks of public officials, research partners, and partners from philanthropy and the nonprofit sector broadly. We prioritize partnerships that are scalable, sustainable, and develop public, open-source resources.

The North Carolina Office of Strategic Partnerships is housed in the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management, which includes data-driven and evidence-based decision making among its priorities.

Click here for an overview of OSP. 

The Office of Strategic Partnerships has made great strides in a very short time. There is unlimited potential for the benefits it can have for all North Carolinians by supporting and improving state government with research evidence. Philanthropy has an important role to play in this partnership work.


Liz Winer, Trustee
Winer Family Foundation

The NC Department of Transportation’s Office of Research and Development is involved with numerous aspects of OSP's work. In addition to serving on the advisory group, an OSP Monthly Connect featured our research unit and we hosted a workshop on how to develop and pursue research ideas for a group of state agency officials. We look forward to continued collaboration and learning as part of these important efforts to increase internal-to-government research capacity and bolster engagement with non-governmental partners.


Neil Mastin, Research and Development Manager
Office of Research and Development, North Carolina Department of Transportation