Agricultural and Food Policy Research Centers

To conduct research and education programs that are objective, operationally independent, and external to the Federal Government and that concern the effect of public policies and trade agreements on:
(1) the farm and agricultural sectors (including commodities, livestock, dairy, and specialty
(2) the environment;
(3) rural families, households, and economies; and
(4) consumers, food, and nutrition.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Farm Level Analysis of Farm Policy and Crop Insurance, 2016-17. Analysis of Agricultural Markets and Policies, 2016-2017. Drought Information Services for Agriculture across the United States.

Fiscal Year 2017: No current data available.

Fiscal Year 2018: No current data available.

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

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding may be used for disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and education concerning policy research activities consistent with this section, including activities that? (1) quantify the implications of public policies and regulations; (2) develop theoretical and research methods; (3) collect, analyze, and disseminate data for policymakers, analysts, and individuals; and (4) develop programs to train analysts.

Funds cannot be used for construction, renovation, real property purchases, and in most cases, equipment.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must have substantial experience in the field of research for which they are applying, including a history of providing (1) unbiased, nonpartisan economic analysis to Congress on the farm and agricultural sectors (including commodities, livestock, dairy, and specialty crops), the environment, rural families, households, and economies, and consumers, food, and nutrition; or (2) objective, scientific information to Federal agencies and the public to support and enhance efficient, accurate implementation of Federal drought preparedness and drought response programs, including inter agency thresholds used to determine eligibility for mitigation or emergency assistance.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Funds are awarded directly to the ultimate beneficiary. This is not a pass-through program.


Applicants must provide evidence of legal capacity, Additional documentation may be required at the discretion of the agency. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

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. Applicants for cooperative agreements must provide an SF-424, evidence of legal capacity, a proposed work plan and budget, and a description of how the proposed project meets eligibility requirements.

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.


Not Applicable.


Agricultural Act of 2014, Public Law 113-79, 7 U.S.C 3155.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 90 days, but no later than any Congressionally-mandated deadline for obligation.


7 CFR Part 11 does not apply to this program.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

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. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds may be dispersed as often as monthly, upon request of the cooperator.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Progress reports are required semi-annually, or as directed by the Agency.

A final report is required within 90 days of project completion.

Financial reports are required semi-annually, or as otherwise directed by the Agency.

A final report is required within 90 days of project completion.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Recipients must comply with the record-keeping requirements in 2 C.F.R. § 200.333-.337.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $3,800,000; FY 17 est $3,800,000; and FY 18 est $3,800,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

2016 range: $840,000 - $1,500,000 2016 average: $1,280,000 2017 range: $840,000 - $1,500,000 2017 average: $1,280,000 2018 range: $840,000 - $1,500,000 2018 average: $1,280,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

William H. Colby 1400 Independence Ave., SW Rm 4434-S , Washington, District of Columbia 20250-3812 Email: Phone: 2026902477

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria may include, but are not limited to, the applicant?s experience performing the work for which funds are requested, the reasonableness of the budget, and past performance using funding awarded through this program.

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