Policy Brief and Working Paper Submission Guidelines
National Agricultural & Rural Development Policy Center (NARDeP) welcomes unsolicited proposals for policy briefs and working papers. Before submitting a full proposal, please contact the Center Director or one of the Associate Directors to discuss your topic. Funding is available for selected proposals of up to $2,000 for a policy brief and up to $15,000 for a working paper. All proposals will be reviewed by a committee of scientists before a funding decision is rendered. Funding preference will be given to those applicants whose Curriculum Vitae demonstrate clear evidence of expertise in the policy area under consideration.  

Policy Areas

  • Energy and the Environment
  • Food Systems Development
  • Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship

In addition, the Center supports research that cuts across policy issues related to the farm and agricultural sectors; the environment; rural families; households and economies; and consumers, food, and nutrition. Visit the ‘Publications‘ page to view published policy briefs and white papers. 

Submission Guidelines
Before creating or submitting a publication to NARDeP please contact Stephan Goetz (the Center Director) or one of the Associate Directors to discuss your idea. Once your idea is approved, you will be assigned a lead editor. Please follow these guidelines when researching and writing your brief/working paper. 

FORMAT: Please create your brief/working paper using Microsoft Word. We will format your brief/working paper prior to publication so you may submit it using any font and font size you prefer. DO NOT insert text boxes or use footnotes. 

WORD COUNT: If possible, please limit your policy/data brief to approximately 1,400 words (not counting the references and about the author sections). If you will need to exceed this word limit please contact your lead editor directly to discuss your options. White papers do not have a word limit.

SUMMARY: Begin the brief/working paper with a 100-word summary of the information contained in the brief/working paper.

POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS: Please include a conclusion that includes a summary of current debates of the opposing viewpoints in your brief with policy recommendations based on your study results. Review published NARDeP briefs for examples.

REFERENCES: Please follow the shortened reference style shown in the example here – Author, F. et al., 2013. J. of Great Thoughts. 27(2):12-88. Do not use footnotes. We want you to reference the research you relied upon to write the brief/working paper; however, please limit the number of citations used to maintain readability for a diverse, educated lay audience.  

AUTHOR INFORMATION: Include your name and university/organization as you would like it to appear in the publication. If applicable, also include the name(s) and university/organization of your coauthor(s).

CHARTS/GRAPHS: If applicable, you may include up to three (3) charts or graphs relevant to the your brief (working papers may have an unlimited number of charts and graphs). For briefs, do not submit tables. Each chart/graph must be sent as its own high-resolution jpg or PDF attachment. (If you need help on how to save these as jpgs or PDFs, please contact Betsy Newman.) Please do not include any copyrighted materials unless you are the copyright holder or you include details that the chart/graph is in the public domain and cite the source. Please note: The NARDeP retains all final editorial rights including the selection of artwork, graphics, and pictures to accompany each brief/paper. 

SUBMISSION: Submit your brief, charts, graphs, etc. as email attachments as outlined above to your lead editor. 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Please work with your lead editor to determine deadlines.