Agricultural Market And Economic Research
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF ECONOMIST, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
7 U.S.C. Section 3318, 7 CFR Section 2.29.
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.
Types of Assistance
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.
Application and Award Process
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
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.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
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.
Web Site Address
Examples of Funded Projects
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.