Terms of Funding | USDA Grants

The following terms apply:

  1. Principal Investigators must hold a Ph.D. and be in an academic appointment, or equivalent, at a U.S. based institution.
  2. The Center is particularly interested in supporting early-career researchers.  Competitive proposals for which the PI is an Assistant Professor or junior researcher will be rewarded in the evaluation process.
  3. Funding will begin on approximately July 1st 2022 and data analysis activities must be completed by July 1st 2024. A final report and related policy brief will be due no later than August 1st 2024. A one year no-cost extensions will be allowed only under special circumstances.
  4. Receipt of a small grant from the Gifford Center will require a commitment by the recipient to:
    • Present the results of the research project at the Gifford Center’s 2024 Grant Recipient Conference scheduled following the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association annual meetings, August 2024 in New Orleans. Travel expenses should be included in the project budget.
    • Participate in virtual mid-grant work-in-progress check-ins with ERS and Gifford Center personnel.  We anticipate two check-ins, in January 2023 and June 2023.
    • Participate in a virtual mid-grant workshop in January 2024 to present work in progress and receive feedback from Gifford Center staff, ERS staff, and other grantees.
    • Submit a draft paper by end of May 2024.
    • Write a two-page “Policy Brief” based on the research findings aimed at a general audience by September 2024.  The policy brief (and full paper if agreed by the Center and the grant recipient) will be made available to the public on the Center’s website, and may be used on the USDA ERS website.
    • Submit a final report by September 1st 2024.
  5. Funded scholars will be expected to complete at least one paper from the project suitable for academic publication. All publications should acknowledge support from the Gifford Center with the following language:
    “Funding for this project was made possible in part by cooperative agreement 58-4000-10-0130 to the Gifford Center for Population Studies from the U.S. Department Agriculture, Economic Research Service. The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the USDA. Results should also not be attributed to IRI”
  6. Grants may include support for costs such as the PI(s) salary, research assistant’s salary, data, software, supplies and research related travel.  
  7. Subject to project approval by IRI, USDA-ERS will make available two years of IRI retail and household scanner data, as well as the PP crosswalk in a secure data enclave at the Coleridge Initiative (https://coleridgeinitiative.org/).  USDA-ERS will cover costs for data in the secure enclave. The enclave allows users to upload other data to use within the enclave. We do not anticipate the 2019 – 20 Purchase to Plate Suite to be available during the grant period.
  8. Researchers and their institutions must be willing to sign a Third-Party Agreement (TPA) with IRI as written – no revisions are possible. Applicants are strongly advised to consult with institutional signing authorities before applying. No award will be made until a fully executed TPA is received by USDA-ERS.
  9. The budget period will be June 1st 2022 to September 1st 2024. The maximum award is $75,000 including institutional indirect costs. Grants will be awarded as a subcontract to a USDA cooperative agreement to the applicant’s home institution. Overheads are capped at 0% for Land Grant institutions and 30% for non-Land Grant institutions.
  10. Direct questions concerning your proposal to PP_Grant@primal.ucdavis.edu.

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