Economic research on domestic nutrition assistance programs
concept paper due March 13, 2017
The Tufts/UConn RIDGE Center (Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics) seeks to support innovative economic research on domestic nutrition assistance programs and to broaden a network of researchers applying their expertise to USDA topics. The RIDGE Center seeks applications from a diverse community of experienced nutrition assistance researchers, graduate students, early career scholars, and established researchers who bring expertise in another research area.
All applications must focus on nutrition assistance programs, targeting one or several of the following:
(1) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),
(2) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC),
(3) Child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the School Breakfast Program (SBP), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and smaller, less studied programs such as the Summer Food Service Program
Applicants are encouraged to propose studies that respond to research priorities and topics of interest to the RIDGE Center funders, ERS and FNS. The suggested topics are outlined in the three areas of interest below. Extensions of these topics are welcome.
I. Food Choices: Economic Determinants and Consequences
II. Economic Incentives in Nutrition Assistance Programs
III. Food Assistance as an Economic Safety Net