The Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program (FANRP) of USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announce the availability of funds and a request for applications for planning grants to promote new research in methods to improve children’s eating habits through USDA’s child nutrition programs. The planning grants will focus on developing research capacity in behavioral economic strategies and interventions that can be applied to child nutrition programs to improve children's food choices and reduce the prevalence of obesity. The activities that the planning grants will support include fostering research relationships between researchers and State or local implementing agencies, testing concepts and methods in small-scale pilots, developing and testing data collection methodologies, and sponsoring workshops to improve understanding of an understudied aspect of the application of behavioral economics to child nutrition programs. FANRP will accept proposals under this program for funding levels of up to $30,000 for a period not to exceed 15 months. Total funding available for this research is approximately $250,000. The deadline for proposal submission is May 17, 2010.