Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health

GPCAH Small Grant Programs

The Great Plains Center offers pilot funding to both community-based and academic organizations engaged in agricultural safety and health activities.  Specifically, we welcome:

  • Proposals from community-based organizations with the ability to engage in outreach, education, and the transfer of research-based evidence to practical application for the purpose of preventing agricultural injury and illness.
  • Basic and applied research projects addressing agricultural safety and health priority issues, needs, or gaps.

The maximum permitted budget is $15,000 total costs per proposal. Funding is contingent on the continued funding of this program by our granting agency.


The Center will circulate a Request for Proposals in January of each year.  If funding is available, a second request may be circulated in June, as well.  To see if funding is currently available and for further details about the application process, CLICK HERE


Review Criteria

  • If you are submitting a proposal on behalf of a community-based organization, you can access the review criteria HERE.
  • If you are submitting a proposal from an academic organization, you can access the review criteria HERE.

Human Subjects Research Approval
Investigators are highly encouraged to initiate any applicable human subjects (Institutional Review Board) or animal care review approval or certification as soon as possible.  No funds will be released prior to notification of IRB and/or other governing approvals and certifications. Failure to obtain IRB approval (if applicable) within four months of the award start date is grounds for withdrawal of funding.  For additional information, CLICK HERE

Investigator Certification to Conduct Human Participant Research
All investigators conducting research with human participants are required to complete an educational program to become "certified" in human research participant protection.  There are several training programs available to investigators to fulfill this requirement.  Investigators are strongly encouraged to contact the IRB they have chosen to review their project for guidance in selecting an acceptable training program.

We ask that you share the RFPs with potential applicants and colleagues inside and outside your organization.  Collaborative and inter-disciplinary applications are encouraged. See the RFP for additional contact information.


FY 13-14
Piloting an occupational ATV/UTV safety workshop for Iowa farmers
Promoting harness and lifeline use in grain bin entry for farm and elevator workers through development, training, and distribution of specific lifeline Installation/procedures/use training curriculum
Evaluation of technology-based interventions to increase the use of hearing protection among adolescent farmworkers in Iowa
Effect of elevated carbon dioxide on lung inflammation in barn dust instilled mice



FY 12-13
Determining the mechanisms and outcomes of ATV crashes among high-risk groups in the Great Plains region
Using technology to enhance the flexibility, adaptability of training tools for community based training in grain handling safety
Genetic variation in endotoxin receptors and their association with COPD phenotypes
A tractor rollover detection and emergency reporting system
FY 11-12
Web-based interaction encouraging safe and healthy rural-related behavior
Using community based partnerships for grain safety awareness and prevention training across the grain handling spectrum
Prevention of injury, illness, and fatality due to grain entrapment and exposure