Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economic (RIDGE)

To provide economic and other social science information and analysis for public and private decisions on agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural America.

ERS produces such information for use by the general public and to help the executive and legislative branches develop, administer,
and evaluate agricultural and rural policies and programs.


Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.



Program Accomplishments

The ERS had about 224 active projects in fiscal year 2006. In fiscal year 2006, ERS staff responded to about 50,000 requests for economic information and published about 170 reports of economic analysis and research. That does not include unpublished staff analysis that were used to address specific policy questions.

Uses and Use Restrictions

ERS performs economic research and analyses related to U. S. and world agriculture that addresses a multitude of economic concerns and decision making needs of Federal, State, and local governments, farmers, farm organizations, farm suppliers, marketers, processors, and consumers.

There are no restrictions on the use of ERS produced information.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any individual or organization in the U.S.

and U.S.

Territories is eligible to receive the popular or technical research publications that convey the research results, although there may be a fee.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any individual or organization in the U.S. and U.S. Territories is eligible to receive the popular or technical research publications that convey the research results, although there may be a fee.

Credentials/Documentation

None.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Requests for technical information may be made to the Chief, Publishing and Communications Branch, ERS, 1800 M Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036-5831.

Award Procedures

None.

Deadlines

None.

Authorization

FY 2006 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, Public Law 109-97, 7 U.S.C. 292, 411, 427, 1441a, 1621-1627, 1704, 1761-68, 2201, 2202, 3103, 3291, 3311, 3504; 22 U.S.C. 3101; 42 U.S.C. 1891-93; 44 U.S.C. 3501-11; 50 U.S.C. 2061 et seq, 2251 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

None.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

None.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

None.

Audits

None.

Records

None.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1701-6-1-352.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 $84,222,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported. (Note: Includes reimbursable and all obligations, including those from nonfederal funding).

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

None.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Research results are available in the agency's publications and periodicals, which can be purchased through the National Technical Information Service (1-800-999-6779). Reports are also available on the ERS website: http://www.ers.usda.gov. Computerized bibliographic data are accessible through AG-ECON and AGRICOLA. For additional information contact the Chief, Publishing and Communications Branch, ERS, USDA, 1800 M Street, NW., Washington, DC 20036-5831. Telephone: (202) 694- 5120.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Director, Extramural Agreement Division, ARS, Room 5601, Sunnyside Avenue, Mail Stop 5110, Beltsville, MD 20705-5110. Telephone: (301) 504-1147.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

None.



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