CVM-CAHNRS Livestock Health and Food Security

2017 Internal Competitive Grant Program

Request for Proposals

CVM-CAHNRS-Application Form

The CVM Animal Health Research Center and the CAHNRS Office of Research will collaborate this year to launch a new joint internal grant program that will fund two projects focused on livestock health as it relates to food security. Proposals must be submitted by interdisciplinary teams comprising both CVM and CAHNRS faculty. Up to $80,000 over a two year period can be requested, with a maximum of $50,000 requested in a single year.

The purpose of this program is to provide seed money to leverage new extramural support that will bring the best science to bear on critical problems facing livestock health and/or production and the resulting impact on sustaining a quality food supply. Proposals that bring together a novel research team and work toward establishing a proof of concept are encouraged. This program is also intended to provide funding for taking new directions to fill fundamental knowledge gaps and otherwise enhance our capacity to address the issues of livestock health, production, and food security in the state of Washington, the nation, and the world. This joint program is not designed for supplementing currently funded projects or as a substitute for other funding. If a proposal appears to have overlap with currently funded grants, the proposal must include an explanation of the novelty of the project and the need for funds in the context of current support so that reviewers can evaluate the overlap.

We will give priority to proposals that clearly articulate an alignment with the CVM and the CAHNRS Office of Research strategic research goals. These are:

  • Catalyze transformative discoveries to address challenges facing livestock health and sustainable safe food production.
  • Encourage collaborations between CVM and CAHNRS faculty.
  • Advance the reach of the CVM and CAHNRS nationally and internationally.

TIME LINE:

May 16, 2017                 RFP issued

June 27, 2017                Pre-Proposals due to Julie Smith in the CVM Dean’s Office by 5pm (electronic submission to (jksmith@vetmed.wsu.edu)

July 11, 2017                 Notification of proposals selected for full submission

August 22, 2017            Full proposals due to Julie Smith in the CVM Dean’s Office by 5pm (electronic submission to (jksmith@vetmed.wsu.edu)

September 12, 2017      Anticipated announcement of awards

 

Who is eligible to apply?

The lead PI must be a faculty member in CVM or CAHNRS, and there must be at least one faculty Co-PI or Co-I from the other participating college (either CAHNRS or CVM). In other words, a multidisciplinary team of investigators comprising faculty from both CVM and CAHNRS is a requirement. Research or clinical track faculty members are eligible to be lead PIs and Co-PIs/Co-Is, but associates in research, post-doctoral associates, adjunct faculty, and courtesy faculty members are not.

What will be the duration of the grants?

The maximum duration is two years, starting September 12, 2017. Proposals can be written for 1 year. Initially, funding will be provided only for the first year. For a second year of funding, a proposal, which can be identical to the initial proposal, must be submitted at the following year deadline and may be approved, if:

  • Satisfactory progress toward the originally proposed objectives is documented;
  • Applications for significant alternative sources of competitive extramural funds have been submitted through either the CVM or the CAHNRS Office of Research/ARC; and
  • Adequate funds are available. A budget must be submitted for the second year of support.

What funding amounts will be permitted?

Grants may be funded up to $80,000 over the possible two years of a project, with funding for the first year limited to $50,000. Efficiency in using resources will be an important element of the review. That is, proposals will be evaluated based upon projected impact per dollar of funds invested; therefore, the minimum amount essential to accomplish the objectives of the project should be requested. Partial funding may occur, depending on the review and funds available.

What criteria will be used to evaluate proposals?

  1. Ability of the project to define and address a critical issue affecting livestock health and/or production and its impact on the ability to provide a sustainable quality food supply.
    The rationale and significance of the problem must be clearly articulated, including how stakeholders might ultimately benefit from completion of the competitively funded research, the information gaps to be filled (the researchable questions) and how the research will contribute to an overall solution. Projects focused on plant health/production are not excluded as long as there is a clear impact on food security.
  2. Ability of project to catalyze future extramural support.
    A primary objective of this joint program is to encourage CVM and CAHNRS faculty to develop interdisciplinary collaborations to generate preliminary data that will enhance the competitiveness of future competitive extramural grant proposals. This anticipated outcome must be clearly delineated. Potential funding sources and the project leaders’ strategy for developing a competitive proposal are required elements of the proposal. Anticipated competitive extramural grant applications that will be facilitated by the use of these funds must be explicitly described in the grant proposal (agency, program, application deadline). Requests for a second year of funding must be accompanied by documentation that competitive extramural grant application(s) have been submitted.
  3. Interdisciplinary, team-based approach to address the issue.
    Another major objective of this joint program is to encourage CVM and CAHNRS faculty to develop interdisciplinary collaborations. It will be important to describe the multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary components of the project. The formation of teams to address the emerging issues is strongly recommended.
  4. Appropriate research methodologies and approaches.
    The proposals will be reviewed to evaluate whether the approach and methodology, as articulated, are sufficient to accomplish the stated objectives. This could also include extension activities as appropriate.
  5. Faculty capacity to successfully complete the project.
    The investigators listed for the project should be actively involved in the project and have a documented history of research productivity that is appropriate for the research being proposed. The specific role of each faculty member listed on the proposal must be explicitly and clearly described and the component of the project that depends on each faculty member’s effort must be stated.
  6. Separation from currently funded projects and appropriate budget.
    If the project appears to be a routine continuation, component or supplementation of significant currently funded research, it is not eligible for funding through this program. The budget must appropriately reflect the actual costs of the proposed research and must be well-justified.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

A pre-proposal is required and must be submitted by the June 13, 2017 deadline, using the following format:

  1. Title of proposal
  2. Lead PI name and contact information including faculty title, college, and department
  3. Co-PI(s) and/or Co-investigator(s) names and contact information including faculty title, college, and department
  4. Duration of the project
  5. Amount requested for the first year and estimate of amount to be requested in the second year, if applicable
  6. Overall hypothesis and specific aims
  7. Project abstract, including brief description of the problem being addressed and the research strategy that is proposed.
  8. Brief description of how results will be critical in positioning the group to successfully obtain extramural funding, including the extramural agency(s) and programs that will be targeted
  9. Potential impact the proposed research will have on solving the problem

Pre-proposals must not exceed two pages using 11 point or larger font and margins at least 0.75” (top, bottom, both sides).

Pre-proposals will be reviewed by a panel that consists of the CVM Associate Dean for Research & Director of the Animal Health Research Center, the Chair of the CVM Research Committee, the CAHNRS Associate Dean for Research & Director of the Agricultural Research Center, the CAHNRS Assistant Director of the Agricultural Research Center, and ad hoc reviewers from both the CVM and CAHNRS as needed.

Up to six pre-proposals will be selected for submission as full proposals. Lead PIs will be notified of their pre-proposal status by June 27, 2017. If selected, full proposals must be submitted by the August 8, 2017 deadline, and must follow the guidelines below:

FULL PROPOSAL GUIDELINES

If selected to submit a full proposal, please adhere to the page limits given for each section. Use 11 point font or larger and keep the margin size greater than 0.75 inches. All applications must contain all of the following sections.

A. Cover page (use attached form):

The cover page must be signed by the PI and Co-PI/Co-I from BOTH colleges and the Department or Unit chairs from BOTH colleges to verify the information. Failure to provide any of this information will result in administrative rejection of the grant proposal.

B. Abstract page (use attached form):

State the application’s broad long-term objectives, hypothesis, and specific aims, including how the current proposal relates to your long-term research goals. Describe concisely the research design
and methods for achieving these goals. This description is meant to serve as a succinct and accurate description of the proposed work when separated from the application. DO NOT EXCEED 300 WORDS

C. Key Personnel page (use attached form):

Please list all critical personnel, their position, home department and college, location (if not on the Pullman Campus), role on the project and percent effort dedicated to the project.

D. Detailed budget page (use attached form).

E. Budget justification page (use attached form):

Clearly justify the requested supplies, reagents, animal costs etc. Faculty salaries cannot be requested. Graduate student, research associate (post-doc/technician), and time-slip salaries can be requested up to a maximum of 50% of the overall budget. Equipment requests cannot exceed $5,000 and must be essential for the conduct of the study. Travel costs should be kept to a minimum.

F. Biosketches (3 page limit per person)

Biosketches must be included for all key personnel. Information that must be included:

  1. The education or training of the person.
  2. A personal statement clearly indicating the role of the person in the project and why they are qualified to perform this function.
  3. Relevant honors, awards, professional experience can also be included.
  4. Publications: A maximum of 10 of the most relevant publications should be included. These should support the expertise of the person for their proposed role.
  5. Other research funding sources: All other funding sources must be listed, including the title, funding agency and mechanism, e.g. USDA, NIH (R01, R21 etc…), the role of the person on the project, e.g. PI or co-investigator, The % effort dedicated to each project must also be clearly stated, along with the current annual direct costs and a short description of the project (2-3 lines). Any potential scientific and/or budgetary overlap with the proposed work must be clearly explained.

G. SPECIFIC AIMS (one page limit)

This page should summarize the rationale and significance of the proposed research. A very brief summary of the current knowledge should be outlined, the gap is in our knowledge clearly stated and how the proposed studies will address this gap elucidated. The central hypothesis of the project should be highlighted and the Specific Aims that will test this hypothesis outlined. Any innovation of approach should also be specified. Lastly, the expected outcomes and impact of the proposed studies should be clearly summarized.

H. RESEARCH PLAN (5 page limit for subsections 1-7; no page limit for References)

Provide each of the following subsections. If multiple specific aims are proposed, repeat sections 3-6 for each aim.

  1. Significance. Recommended up to 3/4 page and should clearly outline the significance of the proposed research.
  2. Background and Rationale. Recommended up to one page and should concisely summarize the existing literature supporting the rationale for the proposed studies. This section can also include supporting preliminary data or proposed models. Use of figures is encouraged.
  3. Experimental Design. This section needs to describe concisely the planned experiments. Due to space limitations, detailed protocols should be referenced. This section should describe the overall experimental approach, making it very clear what the goal of each experiment is, as well as justifying the feasibility and choice of the approach. Although not required, any available supporting preliminary data should be provided here to justify the feasibility of the approach.
  4. Expected outcomes. A description of the predicted results MUST be included, as well as how these findings will advance the field
  5. Potential Problems and Alternative Approaches. These MUST be addressed in the proposal.
  6. Statistical Analysis (required). Provide a brief description justifying the sample size used for each experiment and the statistical analysis that will be used.
  7. Timeline. Provide a table or brief description of the timeline for the proposed experiments, manuscript preparation and grant submission.
  8. References (not included in 5 page limit). Provide sufficient references to allow the reviewers to understand the proposal background, significance, and proposed approach. All references must include the author’s names, year of publication, the full title of the article, the journal name, volume and page numbers.
  9. OTHER REQUIRED INFORMATION (no page limits)

I. How will this intramural grant help secure extramural funding?

A primary objective of this joint program is to encourage CVM and CAHNRS faculty to develop interdisciplinary collaborations to generate preliminary data that will enhance the competitiveness of future competitive extramural grant proposals. This anticipated outcome must be clearly delineated. Anticipated competitive extramural grant applications that will be facilitated by the use of these funds must be explicitly described (agency, program, application deadline). Note: requests for a second year of funding must be accompanied by documentation that competitive extramural grant application(s) have been submitted.

J. How successful were you in leveraging prior intramural/internal grant(s)?

If applicable, please list the intramural/internal grants that you have received over the past 5 years. For each grant, list the (directly) resultant publications and extramural grant applications (submitted/pending/funded/not funded).

K. Regulatory compliance information (Vertebrate animals, recombinant DNA, and biohazards)

Although regulatory compliance approval is not required for this submission, please provide the following information for review purposes.

  1. 1. VERTEBRATE ANIMALS. If not applicable state N/A.
    If vertebrate animals will be used, the following 5 sections must be addressed:

    • Proposed Use of Animals: This section must state how many animals will be used and clearly state how this number is justified.
    • Justification of the use of animals: This section must clearly state why animals have to be used and why there are no viable alternatives.
    • Veterinary Care: The housing and care of the animals must be clearly stated
    • Procedures: This section should include how pain and suffering will be minimalized.
    • Euthanasia: Briefly state what procedures will be followed for euthanasia and state whether they are consistent with the recommendations of the Panel on Euthanasia of the American Veterinary Medical association, and with the guidelines laid down by the Washington State University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
  2. Recombinant DNA. If not applicable state N/A. If recombinant DNA will be used, briefly describe the types of vector systems to be used, and whether transgenic animals or plants will be generated. State whether a BAF is approved, pending, or in preparation.
  3. Biohazards. If not applicable state N/A. Otherwise, describe any potentially biohazardous material or agents to be used, and whether a BAF is approved, pending, or in preparation.

Submit the proposal electronically to Julie Smith in the CVM Dean’s Office by 5pm, August 8, 2017. All proposals must be emailed to jksmith@vetmed.wsu.edu

Review Process:

All proposals will be reviewed by a panel that consists of the CVM Associate Dean for Research & Director of the Animal Health Research Center, the Chair of the CVM Research Committee, the CAHNRS Associate Dean for Research & Director of the Agricultural Research Center, the CAHNRS Assistant Director of the Agricultural Research Center, and ad hoc reviewers from both the CVM and CAHNRS as needed.

Questions:

If you have questions about this RFP, please contact Robert Mealey, CVM Associate Dean for Research (rhm@vetmed.wsu.edu) or Laura Lavine, CAHNRS Assistant Director of the ARC (lavine@wsu.edu).

Acknowledgment:

All publications, posters, websites, field day presentations, etc. resulting from this internal competitive grant program must include the following information: “This activity was funded, in part, with a Livestock Health and Food Security Internal Competitive Grant from the Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, Agricultural Research Center.”

Final Report:

A final report is required for each project at the end of the approved funding period. Appropriate metrics (outputs) should be included in the final report that will be indicative of science-based research that will help achieve longer-term objectives associated livestock health/food security. A list of anticipated publications, field days, website URLs, etc. should be included in the Final Report. Within six months of the completion of the project, project leaders must provide a copy of an extramural proposal submitted to a competitive funding source or to a corporate sponsor. Additional details concerning reporting will be provided to those receiving awards.