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: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. Pilot grants have a maximum award amount of $25,000 (including up to 8% indirect costs) with a project period of ~11 months.
This research pilot grant 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.
Recent Research and Pilot Grant Recipients:
- Paper-based Analytical Device for Detection of PFAS in Agricultural Waters – Ruth Menger, PhD candidate, Colorado State University
- Factors Contributing to Sex Differences in Mice Inhaling Aspergillus fumigatus – Sumali Pandey, PhD, Minnesota State University Moorhead
- Nasal Swabs Show Promise as a Biomonitoring Tool for Extrathoracic PM Exposure – Joemy Ramsay, PhD, University of Utah
- Antimicrobial Resistant Genes of Salmonella enterica from Dairy Farm Worker Clothing & Environment – Sangeeta Rao, PhD and Nora Jean Nealon, PhD, DVM candidate, Colorado State University
APPLICATION PERIOD OPEN
The application period for the 2021-2022 Pilot Grants Program is now open. Applications are due June 1, 2021. See the Request for Applications (RFA) and information below for details.
- HOW TO APPLY: Submit your application electronically in a single PDF file to: firstname.lastname@example.org on or before June 1, 2021. 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.
- 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).
- Note that projects involving human/animal subjects are required to obtain IRB/IACUC approval before funding is released by HICAHS.
- Purchases/expenses made after this date will not be eligible for reimbursement.
- 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.
Awardees will be asked to present research findings as part of future HICAHS research symposia.
Acknowledgment Requirements: All presentations, posters, and publications resulting from HICAHS funding must acknowledge HICAHS and the NIOSH grant and use the HICAHS logo when appropriate (please contact HICAHS for logo files). Please state: “This [presentation/work/research/product] is supported by the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety CDC/NIOSH Grant No. U54OH008085. Its content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of CDC/NIOSH.”
Opportunities from our partners
Funding opportunities for occupational health and safety research from our NIOSH-funded partners with regional overlap:
- Student-Led Summer Pilot Projects – Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health: Occupational safety and health needs of agricultural workers in North Dakota, South Dakota, and many other Midwestern states. Closes April 5, 2021.
- Pilot and Small Grants Program – Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health: Occupational health and safety in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South, Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. Also consider projects from Arizona, Idaho, and Nevada. Closes June 1, 2021.
- Outreach and Research Pilot Program – Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health: projects (up to $30,000 per project) intended to promote innovative outreach and research efforts to prevent agricultural injury and illness. The pilot program supports both community-based organizations and academic researchers, especially new investigators and trainees. Accepting proposals from 12 midwestern states, including North Dakota and South Dakota. Closes July 1, 2021.
HICAHS hosts a biannual research symposium to highlight recent research and programs in the field of agricultural health and safety funded by our small grant programs. You can watch the presentations from our October 2020 virtual symposium here