Wednesday, December 16, 2020

25 years of food security measurement

To mark the 25th anniversary of U.S. household food security measurement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (USDA ERS) will fund a suite of competitive grants on food security measurement methods, data, and future research needs. 

The selection and coordination of the projects will be managed by an external cooperator, a collaboration between Tufts University (Dr. Parke Wilde) and the University of Missouri (Dr. Irma Arteaga). This Request for Proposals (RFP) invites proposals for research projects funded up to $50,000 (primarily small projects using secondary data or reviews of the existing research literature) and up to $100,000 (larger projects including primary data collection and new analysis). 

We are open to new ideas, innovative approaches, and critical feedback to aid ERS in advancing food security measurement. The selected proposals may cover a variety of topics, but all selected proposals will demonstrate actionable items that ERS can pursue to improve or extend the food security measurement program. Each grantee will produce a written conference paper, present the paper at the conference in April 2022, and produce a manuscript for inclusion in a journal special issue with a draft manuscript due in August and final manuscript due in November 2022.


  • Request for proposals release (Nov 16, 2020)
  • Informational webinar for applicants (Dec 17, 2020)
  • Proposals due (Feb 19, 2021)
  • Award notification (Apr 7, 2021)
  • Funding period 19 months begins (May 1, 2021)
  • Conference manuscript due (Mar 28, 2022)
  • Food security measurement conference (Apr 4, 2022)
  • Manuscripts for journal special issue (Aug 22, 2022)
  • Final manuscripts for journal special issue (Nov 11, 2022)


Join us for an informational webinar and Q&A about this project and the application process (details).


  • Project website (link)
  • Request for proposals (link) (.pdf); and
  • Budget template (link) (.xls).