Pilot grant applications are currently being accepted. The deadline is July 1st, 2019.
View the Request for Proposals HERE.
The Center funds pilot 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.
Proposals addressing mental health, sleep deprivation, safe transport and handling of commodities (e.g. grain, hay), and slips, trips, and falls prevention, are especially encouraged. However, any topic of relevance to the GPCAH mission of agricultural safety and health is relevant.
Community outreach/education pilot grants
Potential grantees are typically staff members of non-profit community-based entities who will develop and deliver evidence-based agricultural health outreach programs. Projects will be reviewed for feasibility, impact, and ability to test innovative outreach/education methods. Learn more about the project and how to apply here.
Academic/scholarly research pilot grants
Potential recipients include students, staff, and faculty of academic institutions who are creating new agricultural safety and health knowledge and/or assessing and promoting best safety and health practices. Basic and applied research projects will be reviewed for scientific merit. Learn more about the project and how to apply here.
Email GPCAH Center Coordinator Jenna Gibbs or call (319) 335-4405.
Congratulations 2017 & 2018 GPCAH pilot grant award recipients!
Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health Investigator Profile: Amanda Holmstrom, PhD, Michigan State University
Growing Resiliency in Tough Times (GRITT): A Text-messaging Mental Health Intervention for Farmers
As an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University, Amanda Holmstrom does more than teach in a classroom. With an extensive background in research focusing on the communication of social support, she is passionate about making a difference in the lives of farmers who may be living with stress.
“Farmers are under a huge amount of stress from a variety of factors, especially financial ones, and this impacts their physical and mental health as well as their relationships with family and friends,” said Holmstrom. “My pilot grant work is important because I want to use the research we are doing at Michigan State University about how to thrive in the face of distress for people who are struggling.”
Using funds from a Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (GPCAH) pilot grant, Amanda and her team are testing a text messaging-based mental health intervention that may help farmers overcome multiple barriers to accessing information about stress and coping strategies. They are also exploring the best ways for farmers to use their smartphones as a portal for health-based information and support. Amanda and her team are planning to extend the project beyond Michigan state lines if it is successful. Michigan State University Extension’s highly regarded stress workshops are often inaccessible to farmers due to time and travel constraints. “By using smartphones and text messaging to deliver information and resources about stress and coping to Michigan farmers, we can reach them where they are at any time of day,” she said.
The GPCAH funds pilot 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.
More GPCAH pilot grants
Find information about all of our community and academic pilot grants here.