Pilot Grants

HICAHS Research Day

Thank you for joining us for our virtual symposium highlighting recent research and programs in the field of agricultural health and safety funded by our small grant programs. Watch recordings of the speaker presentations here.

The HICAHS Pilot Grants Program funds innovative research projects that promote worker health and safety in the agriculture, forestry, or fishing industries. This funding opportunity is targeted to students, post-docs, junior investigators or investigators new to occupational safety and health in agriculture. Extra consideration is given to projects that directly impact the HICAHS region which includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

This program has been highly successful, leading to the generation of federally-funded R01 grants, the development of new educational materials and intervention techniques, the training of student and junior investigators and publication of peer-reviewed journal articles and conference presentations. Pilot grants have a maximum award amount of $25K (including up to 8% indirect costs) with a project period of ~11 months.


The application period for the 2020-2021 Pilot Grants Program is closed.  The next application cycle will open in Spring 2021. Subscribe to the HICAHS newsletter to receive notification of funding opportunities.


RFA Released
Application Deadline
  • HOW TO APPLY: Submit your application electronically in a single PDF file to: hicahs@colostate.edu on or before June 30, 2020. Application instructions are in the Request for Applications.
  • Applications from Colorado State University (including Extension Services and Satellite locations) require full review from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) prior to submitting an application and must be entered into the Kuali Research Proposal Development system.
  • Applicants from affiliate organizations are strongly encouraged to work with the sponsored  programs office at their institution to meet all pre-application requirements specific to their organization.
Award Notification
  • Complete applications will be evaluated by a review panel. Meritorious applications will be assigned a priority score based on the applicable criteria (see evaluation criteria in the RFA document).
Estimated Project Start Date
  • Note that projects involving human/animal subjects are required to obtain IRB/IACUC approval before funding is released by HICAHS.
Budget End Date (2021)
  • Purchases/expenses made after this date will not be eligible for reimbursement.
Final Report Due
  • Although a formal interim report will not be required, HICAHS staff may contact awardees to obtain updates on research progress, including products and narratives resulting from the award.
  • A final written report must be submitted within six months of the end of the budget period, with results preferably presented in manuscript form or in the form of a brief white paper with executive summary. This report should also document all presentations, publications, students/trainees supported, and extramural funds that have resulted, in part, directly or indirectly from this award.
  • The investigator must acknowledge support from the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety in all publications and presentations resulting from the award, using CDC/NIOSH U54OH008085.  Use of the HICAHS logo is encouraged, and logo files are available by emailing hicahs@colostate.edu.