Academic/Scholarly Research Grant Information

GPCAH recognizes the need to enhance interest in agricultural safety and health among promising new investigators (including graduate students and new professionals). Such investigators are encouraged to apply with more experienced scientists as co-investigators or advisors. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are also encouraged to apply. Academic track projects should have a specific scientific hypothesis and should aim to advance the state of scientific knowledge relevant to the prevention of agricultural illness and injury.

We are no longer accepting proposals for pilot projects. The application due date was Friday, October 29, 2021. Questions? Contact Pilot Project Coordinator Kate Crawford

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Availability of funds for these proposals is conditional on funding of the GPCAH by NIOSH (we anticipate receipt of such funds but are unable at this time to guarantee their availability).

Funding for pilot projects is available for the usual categories of NIH grant direct costs including personnel salary and fringe, supplies, equipment, data analysis, office expenses, and travel necessary for project completion (but not to attend trade, technical, or professional association meetings).

The maximum permitted budget for a project is $30,000 total (if applicable, this must include direct and indirect costs).

Review Process

Pilot project grant applications will be evaluated by a review panel of internal and external GPCAH Advisory Committee members and others with appropriate expertise.

Compliance with Federal Regulations

Federally funded research projects must be reviewed and approved by an NIH-approved Institutional Review Board (IRB). An IRB is a group of individuals charged with reviewing research involving human participants to ensure the protection of those participants and compliance with federal regulations. If your project involves human participants and might be considered research (as opposed to education or outreach), an official letter of an IRB’s determination must be received by the Great Plains Center before funds can be released.

If you have questions regarding these regulations and whether they apply to your project, contact the Pilot Grant Coordinator Kate Crawford at the Great Plains Center prior to submitting your proposal. Project Directors are encouraged to initiate any applicable IRB review processes as soon as possible. Failure to obtain approvals within four months of the award start date is grounds for withdrawal of funding.

  • UI students, faculty, or staff should contact the UI Human Subjects Office (HSO). If your project does require UI IRB review, prior to completing the HawkIRB application, you will need to complete the UI’s CITI educational program to become “certified” in the protection of human subjects. For more information visit the UI HSO website at or contact the HSO at (319) 335-6564 or
  • Researchers outside of the University of Iowa should contact their institutional IRB regarding the review process and training requirements. Most institutions and organizations that conduct federally funded research have their own IRB. If your institution or organization does not have an IRB, please contact Pilot Grant Coordinator Kate Crawford at the Great Plains Center prior to submitting your proposal.
  • All researchers, when completing your institution’s IRB application, please list your funding source as the US Department of Health & Human ServicesCenter for Disease Control & Prevention with T. Renee Anthony as the Principal Investigator (PI) name on the grant.

Reporting Requirements

The principal investigator of each funded project is required to provide the following reports:

  • Mid-project – brief written progress report
  • Project-end – brief written progress report
  • Impact survey –in years 2-5 following completion of a project, the principal investigator will be asked to respond to a brief annual survey to evaluate the ongoing impact of the funded project. The survey will ask about (1) long-term outcomes, (2) presentations and publications resulting from the project, (3) professional collaborations established as a result of GPCAH support, and (4) additional grants and contracts resulting from the project (i.e., that project results led to or supported an application for funding).

AFF Center Award Notice

Publications, journal articles, presentations, and similar works relating to GPCAH-supported projects are to include the following statement: This publication was supported in part by Grant Number U54 OH007548, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.

Additional Assistance

In order to ensure responsiveness to our funding criteria, it is strongly recommended that applicants either discuss their proposal with Nate Fethke, Center Deputy Director (319-467-4563 or or Kate Crawford.

Application Submission Procedure

Send by electronic mail one copy of the signed cover letter and one complete electronic version (PDF) of the full proposal to Kate Crawford.

When submitting your application, you must: a) Include the words “GPCAH Pilot Grant Submission” in the subject line of the pilot grant proposal submission email, and b) check for a confirmation email from the Pilot Project Coordinator to ensure receipt of your email. If this does not happen within a week, contact Pilot Project Coordinator, Kate Crawford. YOUR APPLICATION HAS NOT BEEN RECEIVED IF YOU DO NOT GET A CONFIRMATION EMAIL.