AFRI Foundational: Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) | AFRI Foundational Program | Environmental & Resource Economics Programs

This AFRI Foundational Program Area of Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) supports rigorous social science projects, including behavioral and experimental economics research and analysis, that informs decision making and policy dedesign to enhance the sustainability of agricultural production systems, both conventional and organic, and related activities in rural areas, protect the environment, enhance quality of life, and alleviate poverty. Topics include, but are not limited to, the interactions between agriculture, environment and communities in rural areas; demorgraphic changes and impacts; consumer preferences or behavior; decision-making under uncertainty; crop insurance; availability of credit and financing; market structure and performance; and policy and design impact. The AERC Program Area primarily supports social and behavioral science disciplines such as economics, sociology, political science, history, geography and others. Interdisciplinary efforts involving social and nonsocial science disciplines are also invited. Domestic and international partnerships that leverage resources and are mutually beneficial to the applicant, other U.S. states, or other countries are encouraged.Single-function Research Projects, multi-function Integrated Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants are expected to address one of the Program Area Priorities of Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities area (see Foundational Program RFA for details).

Eligibility Details

Who Is Eligible to Apply: 
1862 Land-Grant Institutions, 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, For-profit Organizations Other Than Small Businesses, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Individuals, Native American Tribal Orgs, not Federally recognized Tribal Governments, Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of Higher Ed, Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of Higher Ed, Other or Additional Information (See below), Small Business, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, State Controlled Institutions of Higher Ed
More Information on Eligibility: 
The list above is abbreviated. Others may be eligible to apply. Eligibility may differ based on project types. See Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities Program Area in the current AFRI Foundational Program RFA for the requested project types. Please refer to Part III, A of the current Foundational Program RFA for eligibility requirements. Note that restrictions apply to integrated projects applicants. Applications from ineligible institutions will not be reviewed.

Important Dates

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Closing Date: 
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Other Due Date: 
Economics, Markets and Trade: Thursday, July 6, 2017
Letter of Intent not required for this Program Area
| Social Implications of Emerging Technologies : Thursday, August 17, 2017
Letter of Intent Deadline - June 1, 2017
| Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Letter of Intent not required for this Program Area Priority
| Small and Medium-Sized Farms: Friday, July 28, 2017
Letter of Intent not required for this Program Area Priority
| Innovation for Rural Entrepreneurs and Communities: Thursday, July 27, 2017
Letter of Intent not required for this Program Area Priority

Additional Information

For More Information Contact: 
Robbin Shoemaker
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Funding Opportunity Number: 
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Abstracts of Funded Projects: 
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Previous fiscal year(s) RFA: 
Estimated Total Program Funding: 
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: 
For equipment grants and if commodity specific. See RFA for details.
Range of Awards: 
$0 - $500,000