The Cornell University/Colorado State University (CSU) Agri-food Systems Targeted Applied Research (ASTAR) Pilot Grants Program supports research using the Economic Research Service (ERS) food dollar method, which is a systematic economy-wide agri-food value chain (AVC) data and modeling framework. Grants will be awarded to applied agri-food systems research proposals that address one or more topics at the intersection of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the high priority focus areas (HPFA) indicated by USDA Secretary Vilsack: climate change, racial and social equality, tackling the pandemic, building back the economy, open and competitive markets, nutritional food insecurity, and rural economic development and growth.
The ASTAR program seeks applications from a diverse community of experienced economic systems modelers, domestic and international development researchers, early career scholars, and established researchers who bring expertise in complementary research areas and disciplines.
We are especially seeking projects actively engaging researchers from historically underrepresented groups.
Request for Proposals: