Interested in funding your efforts to keep farmers, workers, and their families safe? Apply for a GPCAH $30,000 pilot grant award today.

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.

“This year we are especially interested in topics related to mental health, sleep deprivation, safe transport and handling of commodities like grain and hay, and slips, trips, and falls prevention,” said Fred Gerr, GPCAH Deputy Director. “In addition to academic investigators, we strongly encourage applications from community organizations and non-academic health and safety professionals who emphasize practical approaches to preventing agricultural injury and illness.”

The pilot grant program anticipates funding up to four projects of 12 to 18 months duration. Applications are open to individuals or groups from Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Others may apply provided the topic is relevant to upper Midwest communities.

Applications will be accepted until July 1, 2019, and will be reviewed for responsiveness and potential for agricultural safety and health impact.  Awards will be available October 1, 2019.

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

PI: Amanda Holmstrom Assoc. Prof. Dept. of Communication Michigan State University

Current GPCAH Pilot Grant awardee Amanda Holmstrom, PhD, and her team at Michigan State University are using their GPCAH funding to study a text messaging-based mental health intervention on smartphones that may help farmers overcome multiple barriers to accessing information about stress and coping strategies.

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