Press Release: 2020 GPCAH Pilot Grants


CONTACT: Jenn Patterson, MLitt, GPCAH Communications Coordinator, 319-335-4026

Improve the safety and health of upper Midwestern farmers and agricultural workers with a $30,000 pilot grant award

The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (GPCAH) is now accepting applications for new agricultural health and safety research, prevention, intervention, community outreach, and translation projects that will have lasting impacts on the safety and health of farmers and agricultural workers. Applicants may be community members, non-academic health and safety professionals, academic researchers, new investigators, or trainees.

“This year we are looking for topics related to mental health, chemical safety, machine safety, as well as the prevention of slips, trips, and falls,” said Nate Fethke, GPCAH Deputy Director. “Our pilot grant program is an incubator for agricultural safety and health innovation, and we look forward to seeing novel and practical research ideas.”

The pilot grant program anticipates funding four projects of 12 months duration. Applications are open to individuals or groups from Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Others may apply, provided the topic is relevant to upper Midwest agricultural communities.

Past grant recipient Ashley Kates, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, said, “My (2016) GPCAH pilot project helped get me to where I am today…I am part of a project looking at the dairy worker microbiomes and the prevention of antibiotic resistance.” She said that her pilot grant work was especially helpful for developing future collaborations.

Applications will be accepted until July 1, 2020, and will be reviewed for responsiveness and potential for agricultural safety and health impact.  Awards will be available October 1, 2020.

Questions? Email Russ Foushee or call (319) 335-4405.

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GPCAH Pilot Grants 2020: An incubator for agricultural safety and health innovation.