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2015–2016 Research Theme

The Impacts of Food Assistance Programs on Child, Adult, and Family Well-Being

2015–2016 Call for Proposals and Award Guidelines
Notice of Intent due April 17, 2015; proposal due May 6, 2015

Food assistance programs have grown dramatically in recent years. Program growth has occurred in conjunction with other trends, including persistently high poverty and food insecurity rates.

Food assistance programs may affect children, adults and families in a wide range of ways—from impacts on food security, to nutrition and health, to school outcomes, to employment. Furthermore, program impacts are likely to vary with the duration and intensity of program exposure; by differences in program rules across states or over time; by interactions with local characteristics and circumstances; among different recipient groups; and via interactions among programs.

The 2015–2016 IRP RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research funding competition seeks to expand understanding of these issues by focusing on the impacts of food assistance programs on a variety of indicators of well-being of children, adults, and families. We are interested in well-being broadly, and are open to studies looking at any of a range of outcome measures. Examples include but are not limited to food security, school performance, learning, health, nutrition, and employment.

We are especially seeking proposals that go beyond broad questions of whether binary indicators of program participation are linked to food security outcomes; we have particular interest in proposals that examine more nuanced questions involving the following:

  • the role of program characteristics;
  • program implementation;
  • interactions between assistance programs and local contexts;
  • the impacts of multiple program participation;
  • impacts that may differ across populations or circumstances; or
  • impacts that are linked to duration and intensity of program exposure, and similar topics.

We hope to fund research examining a range of food assistance programs (SNAP, the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, Summer Food Programs, WIC), and a range of relevant well-being outcomes.

View the 2015–2016 Call for Proposals and Award Guidelines.

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