GusNIP Nutrition Incentive Program Training, Technical Assistance, Evaluation, and Information (NTAE)
The GusNIP NTAE’s Nutrition Incentive Hub provides free one-on-one support - including templates, checklists, webinars, and other resources -- to all GusNIP grantees and applicants. Applicants are highly encouraged to take advantage of these technical assistance resources and services. Please visit the resource page.
The Nutrition Incentive Hub also offers several resources specifically developed to assist with the Request for Applications (RFA).
For specific questions related to GusNIP proposal development or GusNIP project implementation, the technical assistance team may be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For specific questions related to reporting and evaluation, the reporting and evaluation team may be reached at: email@example.com.
A list of current GusNIP Produce Prescription awardees can be found on the Nutrition Incentive Hub’s map of grantee projects.
NIFA Grants.gov Application Guide
The Application Guide is part of the corresponding application package for this RFA. The RFA overrides the Application Guide if there is a discrepancy between the two documents.
The Grants.Gov “Grants 101” tool is an online resource that highlights and gives a synopsis of the basics behind the grant life cycle and the overall management that comes with a grant.
Logic Model Guide
The logic model is the diagram or chart depicting your organization's planned work and intended results for a given project. A logic model is required for GusNIP applications and is limited to one page (see under Part IV § B of the RFA). Below are resources from NIFA and the GusNIP NTAE Center around Logic Models.
Data Management Plan (DMP)
A DMP is required for this program. Applicants should clearly articulate how the project director (PD) and co-PDs plan to manage and disseminate the data generated by the project. A DMP of no more than two pages should be uploaded as an Other Attachment, Field 12. The DMP will be considered during the merit review process (see Part V § B of this RFA, Part III § 3.1 of the Application Guide and NIFA’s Data Management Plan). Below are resources to help applicants develop a DMP.
Institutional Review Board
Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) are administrative organizations established to protect the rights, privacy and welfare of human subjects that are recruited to participate in research activities. All GusNIP grantees are required to engage in an IRB review to ensure that research is ethical, unbiased, and complies with laws and regulations designed to protect program participants. The NTAE can help applicants navigate the IRB process and determine the best IRB through which to submit for approval.
Please visit the suite of resources to help applicants navigate IRB requirements .
Project evaluations must follow USDA guidelines to ensure an appropriate level of comparability of methods, outcomes, and measures that will inform the USDA of potential new strategies and promising new programs to consider in future funding cycles. All grantees (except GusNIP Pilot Projects) will be required to participate in the GusNIP comprehensive program evaluation, which involves collecting a core set of participant-level and firm-level metrics, in cooperation with the Nutrition Incentive Program Training, Technical Assistance, Evaluation, and Information Centers (NTAE).
All GusNIP Produce Prescription grantees will be required to collect participant-level core metrics from a subsample of their participants over the course of their award. Both baseline (pre-program) and post-program surveys are required to be collected from this subsample. The NTAE will work with each grantee on an individual basis to determine the sample size and sampling plan.
Please visit the suite of resources to help applicants with participant-level metrics, including a list of the core metrics, baseline and post surveys, and more.
Firm-level core metrics will be required of all participating GusNIP firms, including onsite farmers markets, mobile markets or mobile clinics, grocery stores/pharmacies, corner stores, CSA programs, or any other firm types.
Please visit the suite of resources to help applicants with firm-level metrics, including a list of core metrics, and firm-level reporting instructions.
Template Letter from Healthcare Partner:
Signed letter(s) of support from at least one healthcare partner are to be attached to the applications under this RFA. Please view the template letter from a healthcare partner.
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