Funding Opportunities

The following are current funding opportunities in agricultural safety and health from UMASH partner organizations, agricultural safety and health organizations and educational institutions.


Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Student-Led Pilot Project Proposals

DEADLINE: May 31, 2021.

Award maximum: $20,000

Notice of Award: July 16th

Anticipated Start Date: October 1st

Number of Awards: up to 3

Duration of Award: 12 months

The goals of this program are to:

  • Identify and mentor new/junior researchers to conduct innovative research, intervention, and translation projects in AFF worker safety/health;
  • Support projects that provide data for innovative approaches to improve AFF occupational safety and health that justify further research, and;
  • Promote mentoring relationships between junior and established scientists to build capacity for AFF occupational safety and health careers.


  • Junior investigators interested in gaining research experience in AFF occupational safety or health
  • Graduate students, medical residents and interns, or postdoctoral fellows
  • Faculty members of any rank who are interested in exploring an AFF research question
  • Applications from student investigators and other scientists new to the field of agricultural occupational safety and health are strongly encouraged.
  • Please contact Kevin Moore, PhD at kevin.moore@uthct.eduor by phone to 903-877-1455 to indicate your intent to submit an application or for any questions you have related to the application.

High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety


DEADLINE: June 1, 2021.

Award maximum: $25,000.

The HICAHS Pilot Grants Program funds innovative research projects that promote worker health and safety in the agriculture, forestry, or fishing industries. This funding opportunity is targeted to students, post-docs, junior investigators or investigators new to occupational safety and health in agriculture. Extra consideration is given to projects that directly impact the HICAHS region: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

This program has been highly successful, leading to the generation of federally-funded R01 grants, the development of new educational materials and intervention techniques, the training of student and junior investigators and publication of peer-reviewed journal articles and conference presentations. Pilot grants have a maximum award amount of $25,000 (including up to 8% indirect costs) with a project period of ~11 months.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Emerging Issues Grant

DEADLINE: August 14, 2021.

Award maximum: $25,000.

HICAHS is seeking proposals for rapid response projects that address emerging issues affecting ag worker safety and health. The Emerging Issues Grant Program provides a structure to identify and rapidly respond to worker health and safety issues of high priority for the HICAHS region’s agricultural producers.

Emerging Issues: Funds are awarded for research and intervention projects that address the priority issues identified by HICAHS stakeholders.



Program qualifications:
The Safety Grant Program awards funds up to $10,000 to qualifying employers for projects designed to reduce the risk of injury and illness to their workers.

Employer conditions:

  • Has been in business for at least two years.
  • Has at least one employee to create the employer/employee relationship.
  • Has workers’ compensation insurance.
  • Has had an on-site hazard survey conducted by a qualified safety professional and a written report of the findings and recommendations to reduce the risk of injury or illness to employees, including for: specific safety practices or equipment; training for purchased equipment; and tuition reimbursement. A qualified safety professional includes:
  • A Minnesota OSHA Compliance investigator;
  • A Minnesota OSHA Workplace Safety Consultation consultant;
  • An in-house safety and health committee (note: safety committee meeting minutes that document discussion of the hazard survey must accompany the written hazard survey);
  • A workers’ compensation insurance underwriter (note: an underwriter may sign-off on a loss-control representative’s written hazard survey to meet this qualification);
  • A private consultant; or
  • A person under contract with the Assigned Risk Plan.
  • Has the knowledge and experience to complete the project and is committed to its implementation.
  • Is able to complete the project within 120 days of a fully executed contract.
  • A fully executed contract is signed by all parties.
  • No project can begin before a contract is signed by all parties.
  • Invoices dated before the date of the fully executed contract will exclude those items from grant eligibility.