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) and encourage their applications. Such investigators are encouraged to apply with more experienced scientists as co-investigators or advisers. Individuals from under-represented 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 accepting proposals for a pilot project from within our nine-state region (Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin) and Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio.

How to Apply

The following five documents provide detailed instructions for completing your grant application. Prior to preparing your application, you should review and become familiar with them. Failure to follow these application instructions may limit our ability to fully review your application.

  • Grant application instructions (see pages 3 and 4 of RFP) PDF
  • Budget Form PDF Form (contains fillable form fields)
  • Budget Justification Instructions html   PDF
  • Timeline Form PDF Form (contains fillable form fields) Applicants may also copy this model and make their own timeline. 
  • Assurance Form PDF

Funding

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).  No additional funding is available for indirect costs.

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 center coordinator, Jenna Gibbs (CPH-GreatPlainsCenter@uiowa.edu or 319-335-4405) 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 http://hso.research.uiowa.edu/ or contact the HSO at (319) 335-6564 or irb@uiowa.edu.
  • 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 the center coordinator, Jenna Gibbs (CPH-GreatPlainsCenter or 319-335-4405) at the Great Plains Center prior to submitting your proposal.
  • All researchers, when completing your institutions IRB application, please list your funding source as the US Department of Health & Human Services, Center for Disease Control & Prevention with 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).

Publications, journal articles, presentations, and similar works relating to GPCAH-supported community partnering projects are to include the following statement: “This [describe the project] was supported, in part, by grant number U54 OH007548 from CDC-NIOSH.  Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the CDC, NIOSH, or the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health.”

Additional Assistance

In order to ensure responsiveness to our funding criteria, it is strongly recommended that applicants either discuss their proposal with Fred Gerr, Center Deputy Director (319-335-4212 or fred-gerr@uiowa.edu) or Jenna Gibbs, Center Coordinator (319-335-4405 or jenna-gibbs@uiowa.edu)

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: jenna-gibbs@uiowa.edu. Proposals submitted electronically must be received by GPCAH staff by the close of business on Monday, July 1, 2019.

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 ensure receipt of your email. If this does not happen within a week, call the Pilot Project Coordinator, Jenna Gibbs, at 319-335-4405. YOUR APPLICATION HAS NOT BEEN RECEIVED IF YOU DO NOT GET A CONFIRMATION EMAIL.