Agricultural Market and Economic Research


To conduct cooperative economic research and analyses in support of the Office of the Chief Economist's responsibility to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the economic implications of Department policies, programs, and proposed legislation. These research projects and analyses cover the nation's agricultural commodity markets; risk analyses and cost-benefit analyses related to international food and agriculture; sustainable development; energy issues related to the agricultural economy; agricultural labor; global climate change; and any other topics that support the Department's consideration or review of policies and programs.

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.
7 U.S.C. Section 3318
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.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Funds are awarded directly to the ultimate beneficiary. This is not a pass-through program.
Documentation is required, but will vary on the nature of the project and the beneficiary.
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.
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
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Review by professional economic and senior management staff at the Office of the Chief Economist for relevance of the proposed research topic to the Office of the Chief Economist's priorities, experience of the institution with respect to the research topic, cost effectiveness, and qualifications of key personnel.
How may assistance be used?
Funds can be used to conduct research that is in cooperation with the Office of the Chief Economist's in-house research and analysis programs and projects.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award shall be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report.
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 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$1,640,805.00; FY 23 est $5,000,000.00; FY 24 est $5,000,000.00; FY 21$1,515,487.00; FY 20$1,052,335.00; FY 19$1,796,078.00; FY 17$1,572,000.00; FY 18 est $2,776,000.00; FY 16$1,476,093.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For FY17, the range of Financial Assistance was $15,000 to $365,000, with an average award of $124,713.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No current data available. FY 2016: One project was funded to better understand the accuracy of USDA's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report estimates. It analyzed forecast errors for both foreign and domestic production, consumption, trade and stocks estimates, and decomposed the forecast error of key economic indicators such as domestic carryout levels, exports, and price projections. One project was funded to support an in-depth study to determine the accuracy of biofuel models, by comparing model predictions of indirect land use change and food prices, with actual time series data for the U.S. and the world. One project was funded to provide greater national collaboration and standardization of Water Quality Trading programs through the adoption of standardized program templates and frameworks based on the National Network's "Building a Water Quality Trading Program: Options and Considerations."
Fiscal Year 2017 No current data available.
Fiscal Year 2018 No current data available.


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