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:

  • Academic research pilot grant projects
    The goal of the academic research pilot grant program is to create new agricultural safety and health knowledge and to assess and promote best safety and health practices. Academic research projects are typically submitted by students, staff, and faculty of academic institutions. Basic and applied research projects from academic institutions will be judged for scientific merit and compared only to other projects from academic applicants.
  • Community-based pilot grant projects
    The goal of community-based pilot grant projects is to enhance capacity to deliver evidence-based agricultural health programs. Community-based projects are typically submitted by staff employed by non-profit community entities delivering agricultural safety and health programs. Community –based projects will be judged for feasibility and potential impact compared to other projects from community based groups.

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.

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.


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 view an example of our RFP, CLICK HERE


Agricultural research topics identified as priorities

Pilot proposal review criteria for community based applications

Pilot proposal review criteria for academic applications

Projects involving human subjects and release of grant funds


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