Purpose: The Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice Research (BECR) seeks brief proposals for Healthy Food Behavior Research Grants that draw on behavioral economics theory to develop and test strategies for improving food choice behavior using field experiments. Analyses using secondary data that demonstrate behavioral patterns that can be used to develop effective food choice improvement strategies are also encouraged. In particular, policy relevant research projects related to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participants that employ behavioral economic strategies in the food retail environment, including farmers markets and institutional settings, are encouraged.
Receipt Date: June 5, 2015 by 5:00 pm EST
Total Awards: BECR will award up to 5 grants (of up to $50,000) to teams of researchers to develop and implement focused field experiments or use secondary data using behavioral economics theory and strategies to improve food choice. Funding will span an 18-month period.
  • 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 as subawards to the applicant’s institution.
  • 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 behavioral economics and food choice 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 identity, and socioeconomic status.
  • Applicants must be based in the United States or its territories.
  • Applicants should demonstrate an understanding of behavioral economics and its application to healthy food behavior.
Link: http://ow.ly/MNSTm 
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