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
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: The Office of the Chief Economist
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
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.
From 15 to 30 days. 7 CFR Part 11 does not apply to this program.
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. Funds cannot be used for construction, renovation, real property purchases, and in most cases, equipment.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Progress reports are required semi-annually, or as directed by the Agency. A final report is required within 90 days of project completion. Financial reports are required semi-annually, or as otherwise directed by the Agency. A final report is required within 90 days of project completion. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Recipients must comply with the record-keeping requirements in 2 C.F.R. § 200.333-.337.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
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. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds may be dispersed as often as monthly, upon request of the cooperator.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
William H. Colby 1400 Independence Ave., SW Rm 4434-S
, Washington, District of Columbia 20250-3812 Email: Phone: 2026902477
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries) FY 14 $3,840,000; FY 15 est $3,840,000; and FY 16 est $3,840,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
2014 range: $240,000 - $1,500,000
2014 average: $960,000
2015 range: $840,000 - $1,500,000
2015 average: $1,280,000
2016 range: $840,000 - $1,500,000
2016 average: $1,280,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: One project was funded to improve U.S. drought monitoring by integrating NRCS soil moisture data into the suite of products used to update the U.S. Drought Monitor weekly and to initiate the development of a drought blends portal. Results of the project will be available to the public through
Another project was funded to conduct analysis of agricultural markets and policies, including providing estimates of likely market outcomes under the new Farm Bill and other current policies and provide a framework for examining a range of agricultural, biofuel, and trade policy issues. Results of this project will be available to the public through Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available


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