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.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Research is conducted that is in cooperation with the Office of the Chief Economist's in-house research and analysis programs and projects.
Limited discretionary funds are periodically made available.
Applicants are usually nonprofit institutions of higher education or other nonprofit research organizations whose primary purpose is conducting economic research.
Beneficiaries are usually nonprofit institutions of higher education or other nonprofit research organizations whose primary purpose is conducting scientific research.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
Upon request of the Office of the Chief Economist, proposals should be submitted to the Office of the Chief Economist, Department of Agriculture.
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.
7 U.S.C. Section 3318, 7 CFR Section 2.29.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Extensions may be authorized.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Post Assistance Requirements
Progress reports, final research or study reports, and financial statements.
Audits will be conducted in accordance with guidelines established in the revised OMB Circular No. A-133, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," and implemented in 7 CFR Part 3052, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations."
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.
(Grants) FY 07 $2,873,761; FY 08 est $2,873,761; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$20,000 to $1,948,384. Average: $245,102.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
7 CFR 3015 and 7 CFR 3019.
Regional or Local Office
Chief Economist, Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250. Telephone: (202) 720-4164. Contact: Information Officer. Telephone: (202) 720-5447.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Review by professional economic and senior management staff at the Office of the Chief Economist for relevance to the proposed research topic, experience of the institution with respect to the research topic, and cost effectiveness.
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