Emerging Issues Grants

We are not currently accepting applications. Contact Dr. Morgan Valley for more information on availability of future funds.

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 awarded through the emerging issues grant program should 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 2021-2022

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

  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse/misuse
  • Extreme weather/climate change, particularly heat stress/heat illness prevention, wildfire smoke, and post-burn ash inhalation
  • Distracted machinery operation
  • Labor issues, particularly labor shortages and high turnover
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Robotics
  • Silica exposures
  • Hearing conservation
  • 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.


Funded Projects – 2020-2021


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 SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 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.


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Morgan Valley, PhD

Emerging Issues Program Lead, Center Coordinator