Emerging Issues Grants

Application period open

The application period for the Emerging Issues Grant Program is currently open and accepting applications on a rolling basis. Review the Request for Applications (RFA) for details and specific submission guidelines.

Questions? Contact HICAHS Center Coordinator, Morgan Valley: morgan.valley@colostate.edu.

Emerging issues are defined as health risks that are new or have rapidly expanding impact in the immediate or near future. The Emerging Issues Grant Program is designed to provide a structure to identify issues of high priority for regional producers and the flexibility for HICAHS to respond rapidly. All funds for emerging issues will be used to address priorities identified by HICAHS stakeholders including producers, extension agents, the HICAHS External Advisory Board, and other agriculture and forestry partners in the region. Projects and use of funds may vary depending on the need and availability. See the request for applications for more information.


Current “Emerging Issues” Priorities 2020-2021

Proposed projects should address at least one of the priorities listed below:

  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse/misuse
  • Extreme weather/climate change
  • Distracted machinery operation
  • Labor issues, particularly labor shortages and high turnover
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Robotics
  • Land-based fish production/aquaculture
  • Issues related to youth on the farm
  • Zoonotic diseases, including COVID-19
  • Connections between animal, environmental, and human health
Additional topics will be considered, given justification for the topic as an emerging issue in the HICAHS region.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a short (no more than 2 pages) proposal describing:

  • The problem and the associated burden (risk, population affected)
  • Project objectives
  • Approach, including a detailed plan on how the study will be conducted given current impact of SARS2/COVID19 to ensure that the study can be completed within the proposed timeframe
  • Likely outcome or result
  • Potential impact
  • Brief budget
  • Letter(s) of Support

Submit your application electronically in a single PDF file to: hicahs@colostate.edu. We will conduct rolling rapid reviews of proposals and can provide a more specific decision timeline when an application is submitted.


Joshua Schaeffer
Joshua Schaeffer, PhD

Emerging Issues Program Lead

Morgan Valley, PhD

Center Coordinator