The Houston Solutions Lab is a vehicle to draw Rice researchers and City of Houston departments together for mutually beneficial research. This program is how Rice is participating in a national network of City-University research partnerships called the MetroLab Network. Each of these programs has the goal of leveraging academic expertise to help solve critical issues facing cities. The Kinder Institute for Urban Research is leading Rice’s MetroLab work, working closely with the Office of Research and the Ken Kennedy Institute. In June 2017, these three entities co-sponsored a pilot request for proposals that a small group of Rice faculty who had been engaged in a set of conversations with city leaders were invited to respond to. The issues that will receive Houston Solutions Lab attention in this round are flooding and police services. The three funded projects received approximately $75,000 to be used within a year. The initial RFP is the first step in this program. Another round of funding, open to all Rice faculty, will be announced in late fall, with a RFP released in March of 2018 for a funding cycle beginning in September 2018.