Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics (RIDGE) 2019 Request For Proposals

Purpose: The Tufts/UConn RIDGE Center 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.
Receipt Date: Concept paper due: January 25, 2019
Full proposal (by invitation) due: March 29, 2019
Total Awards: A total of approximately $380,000 will be awarded under this RFP.

Standard Research Grants
These awards are intended for research projects by investigators with a faculty (or comparative
research) appointment in an institution of higher education. Each standard research grant will be
awarded up to $50,000, inclusive of indirect costs.

Post-doctoral Research Grants
These awards are intended for research support of eligible post-doctoral researchers or fellows.
Each post-doctoral research award will be up to $30,000, inclusive of indirect costs.

Dissertation Grants
These awards provide dissertation support to eligible pre-doctoral candidates. Each dissertation
grant will award up to $15,000, inclusive of indirect costs.

Eligibility: For all award types:

  • Applicant organizations must be accredited private or public institutions of highereducation or non-profit research organizations.
  • Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
  • Investigators must have completed appropriate education for the proposed research.

For post-doctoral and dissertation award types:

  • Applicants must identify a mentor, research or dissertation advisor on the proposed project and provide evidence of their commitment to the project (e.g., letter of support, budget) and a mentor’s biosketch.
  • An applicant for a post-doctoral award must hold a doctorate or terminal degree (e.g., PhD, MD, JD) at the time of the application.
  • An applicant for a dissertation award must have advanced to doctoral candidacy (as determined by the applicant’s institution) at the time of the application.
  • For post-doctoral and dissertation awards, the proposal must discuss methods and realistic schedule for ensuring project completion in the event of graduation or position change.