Agricultural and Food Policy Research Centers


To conduct research and education programs that are objective, operationally independent, and external to the Federal Government and that concern the effect of public policies and trade agreements on: (1) the farm and agricultural sectors (including commodities, livestock, dairy, and specialty crops); (2) the environment; (3) rural families, households, and economies; and (4) consumers, food, and nutrition.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of The Chief Economist, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Agricultural Act of 2014, Public Law 113-79, 7 U.S.C. 3155
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants must have substantial experience in the field of research for which they are applying, including a history of providing (1) unbiased, nonpartisan economic analysis to Congress on the farm and agricultural sectors (including commodities, livestock, dairy, and specialty crops), the environment, rural families, households, and economies, and consumers, food, and nutrition; or (2) objective, scientific information to Federal agencies and the public to support and enhance efficient, accurate implementation of Federal drought preparedness and drought response programs, including inter agency thresholds used to determine eligibility for mitigation or emergency assistance.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Funds are awarded directly to the ultimate beneficiary. This is not a pass-through program.
Applicants must provide evidence of legal capacity, Additional documentation may be required at the discretion of the agency.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Interested applicants must contact the Office of the Chief Economist prior to submitting a proposal. Applicants for cooperative agreements must provide an SF-424, evidence of legal capacity, a proposed work plan and budget, and a description of how the proposed project meets eligibility requirements.
Award Procedure
The Office of the Chief Economist considers proposals received, evaluates the qualifications of the proposal with respect to the research issue, and, in consultation with the selected cooperator institution, establishes a funding level and the specific deliverables due at the conclusion of the agreement.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 90 days, but no later than any Congressionally-mandated deadline for obligation.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria may include, but are not limited to, the applicant's experience performing the work for which funds are requested, the reasonableness of the budget, and past performance using funding awarded through this program.
How may assistance be used?
Funding may be used for disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and education concerning policy research activities consistent with this section, including activities that— (1) quantify the implications of public policies and regulations; (2) develop theoretical and research methods; (3) collect, analyze, and disseminate data for policymakers, analysts, and individuals; and (4) develop programs to train analysts.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Recipients must comply with the record-keeping requirements in 2 C.F.R. ? 200.333-.337.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds may be awarded at any time during the fiscal year. The period of performance is typically restricted to one year, but may be longer at the discretion of the Agency. Funds may be dispersed as often as monthly, upon request of the cooperator.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Celia A Hernandez
1400 Independence Ave., SW Rm 4434-S

Washington, DC 20250-3812 US
Phone: 202-401-0463
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$7,700,000.00; FY 23 est $8,000,000.00; FY 24 est $8,000,000.00; FY 21$8,000,000.00; FY 20$7,700,000.00; FY 19$4,783,384.00; FY 17$3,800,000.00; FY 18 est $3,800,000.00; FY 16$3,800,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
2016 range: $3,800,000 - $3,800,000 2016 average: $3,800,000 2017 range: $3,800,000 - $3,800,000 2017 average: $3,800,000 2018 range: $3,800,000 - $3,800,000 2018 average: $3,800,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 No current data available.
Fiscal Year 2016 No current data available. Farm Level Analysis of Farm Policy and Crop Insurance, 2016-17. Analysis of Agricultural Markets and Policies, 2016-2017. Drought Information Services for Agriculture across the United States.
Fiscal Year 2018 No current data available.


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