2015 WIC Conceptual White Papers: Behavioral Economic Opportunities for Controlling Food Costs While Maintaining Program Effectiveness

Purpose: The newly funded Duke-UNC USDA Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice Research (BECR Center) is seeking proposals for Conceptual White Papers aimed at providing innovative behavioral economic approaches to improve the food cost-management of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, while maintaining program participation and effectiveness in promoting improved diets of participants.
Receipt Date: Feb. 13, 2015 by 5:00 pm EST
Total Awards: Up to six White Papers will be selected for funding. Each honorarium will be in the amount of $5,000 over a nine-month period from April 1, 2015 – Dec. 31, 2015 plus up to $1,500 in travel expenses to attend the Roundtable in Washington, DC. (Please note that the funds are federal dollars and travel should be done in the most cost effective way).
Eligibility:
  • Applicants can be researchers at institutions of higher learning, private research enterprises, state or local public health practitioners, and programmatic staff. Funds will be granted in the form of honorariums to individuals. Multiple
    individuals collaborating on one paper can split an award.
  • Applicants are encouraged from a broad range of disciplines including, but not limited to, economics, public health, nutrition, marketing, business, psychology, or a related field. The BECR Center is dedicated to supporting emerging researchers. Thus, some preference will be given to emerging researchers in the food policy and behavioral economics fields, defined as individuals who received a doctoral degree within the last ten years prior to the date of the award or those new to the field of behavioral economics or the application of behavioral economic techniques to healthy food choices. The BECR Center embraces diversity and inclusion across multiple dimensions, such as race, ethnicity, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
  • Applicants must be based in the United States or its territories.
  • The applicant should demonstrate an understanding of the WIC program
Link: http://ow.ly/GD3ws