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Rural Economic Development

The A1661 Rural Economic Development program area priority within the Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) program supports rigorous theoretical and empirical efforts to create and examine innovative approaches for advancing economic opportunities for rural entrepreneurs and communities, with an aim to promote rural prosperity and well-being. The intent of the program area priority is to improve the understanding of the factors and conditions that enhance economic opportunities for food, agricultural and rural businesses through tools and methods from the 62 various social sciences, (i.e., sociology, demography, economics, geography, etc.). Studies that focus on women, and ethnic and/or racial minority groups are of interest. This program area priority focuses mainly on entrepreneurs, small businesses, and other local level employers and services who are important sources of employment, and/or on other issues “beyond the farm gate.”

Program Area Priority Code – A1661

For more information on this Request for Applications (RFA) ​see Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational and Applied Science Program (AFRI-FAS) RFA Rural Economic Development Key Information. 

Please adhere to the Funding Opportunity Number (FON), program area priority code, and deadline when submitting

Program Area Priority Contact – Dr. Sarah Rocker, Dr. Jessica Turner

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