UKCPR (U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers member) and USDA ERS/FNS call for proposals: Food insecurity research using Panel Study of Income Dynamics – Due 11/14/2019

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The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service and the Food and Nutrition Service, announces a new Request for Proposals for food insecurity research using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). Research funded competitively under this announcement will focus on economic analyses of longitudinal household food insecurity and its links to food assistance program participation, work, income, consumption, and wealth. It is anticipated that five (5) grants at $50,000 each will be awarded.

The PSID began in 1968 as a survey of 4,800 American families and has since followed the children and grandchildren of original respondents. Today there are more than 11,000 PSID families and 26,000 individuals who participate in the survey. The USDA provided funding to include the 18-item Household Food Security Module on the 1999, 2001, and 2003 PSID main family surveys, as well as the 1997 Child Development Supplement (CDS). Food Security Module questions were also included on the 2014 CDS and on the 2015 and 2017 main family surveys.

The aim of this grant initiative is to expand upon the first round of PSID grants (see by competitively awarding cutting-edge longitudinal research on causal links between food insecurity and child, adult, and family well-being across the domains of income, employment, consumption, wealth, and family structure utilizing both the historical, and especially, the newly released 2015 and 2017 data on food insecurity in the PSID.

Prospective researchers are encouraged to submit a letter of intent to UKCPR by Oct. 10, 2019, with full proposals due Nov. 14, 2019, by 5 p.m. For details on submission, see the full request for proposals here. Interested researchers may also contact UKCPR Assistant Director Jeff Spradling at or 859-257-7641 for more information.