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.

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


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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants are usually nonprofit institutions of higher education or other nonprofit research organizations whose primary purpose is conducting economic research.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries are usually nonprofit institutions of higher education or other nonprofit research organizations whose primary purpose is conducting scientific research.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Upon request of the Office of the Chief Economist, proposals should be submitted to the Office of the Chief Economist, Department of Agriculture.

Award Procedures

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.

Assistance Considerations

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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters 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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