The Institute for Opportunity and Equality (IOE) is the research, advocacy and policy arm of the National Urban League (NUL) and serves as its public policy affiliate through research, informing public policy and advocacy. Its primary audiences include policymakers, opinion leaders, scholars, news media and the general public. In addressing the national development challenges facing African-Americans in particular, and urban America in general, the IOE needs to increase its capacity to effectively expand economic opportunity through income security and workforce development, education and strong community infrastructures.Multiyear funding will enable the IOE to recruit expert policy staff to further sustain and expand its research capacity for increased effectiveness. Existing staff will maintain its focus on health and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) policies and organize and monitor state and local research initiatives. New staff will conduct research in the tax and employment/workforce development areas and produce studies and position papers to contribute to the policy debate.NUL’s objective is to bring African Americans into the social and economic mainstream through education, economic self-reliance and racial inclusion.