FY 2020 Request for Proposals Sustainability Research - Long Term Projects

FY 2020 Request for Proposals Sustainability Research

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, is soliciting long-term research proposals in the area of Sustainability Research.

Research ideas should be novel and of high industry value and proposals should focus on one or more of the sustainability pillars (social, economic, and environmental) as they pertain to the beef industry, identifying areas of improvement.

Primary Considerations

Projects are long-term

  • May include proposals for surveys or research on the socioeconomic component of sustainability throughout the beef supply chain and in rural communities, with funding limited to $100,000/proposal. A focus on worker safety will be prioritized.
  • May include proposals for research trials on the implications of removing cattle from grazing lands, as it relates to all three sustainability pillars, with funding limited to $100,000/proposal.

Important Dates 

 Proposal Submission Date  Funding Notifications  Project Start Date  Project Completion Date
 August 5, 2020  September 8, 2020  September 22, 2020  May 31, 2022

Submission Instructions:
Proposals must meet the submission deadline and follow the guidelines in this RFP to be considered. Accepted projects will be funded (or funded in part) by the Beef Checkoff.

Research objectives should be clearly defined. Proposals should clearly state their relevance and potential benefit to the beef industry. Leveraged funding through collaborations with industry, foundations, government and other sources with matching funds is encouraged. In addition, collaboration with additional researchers or institutions is encouraged where appropriate.

PIs may submit more than one proposal. A CV is not required. If included, CVs will not count against page totals.

Questions related to this RFP should be directed to: Dr. Myriah Johnson (mdjohnson@beef.org) and/or Jess Soule (jsoule@beef.org).

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, has moved to an online portal, SmartSimple, for managing the grants process and to facilitate the submission and review of grant materials. All portal users will need to log in or set up an account to submit their proposal(s) at https://ncba.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp

Proposal Outline – Page length should be ~5 pages total
The following fields will be required in SmartSimple. Word counts apply for some fields.

  • Applicant Information
    • Organization Information
    • Researcher Information
  • Application Summary
    • Project Title
    • Grants Contract Administrator Information (this should be grants office contact)
  • Project Estimates
    • Estimated total cost of research
    • Proposed start and end date*
  • Project Details
    • Project Background & Hypothesis
    • Objectives
    • Total Time for Completion (in months)
    • Proposed Methodology and Design
    • Proposed Benefit to the Beef Industry
  • Detailed Budget Table
  • Other Sources of Support/Co-funding (optional)
  • Supporting Documents/CV (optional)

Research Timetable

Project timeline can begin on or after 09/22/2020; projects must conclude and final reports must be submitted by 5/31/2022.

Additional Detail
PIs should review completed Beef Sustainability projects to avoid submitting an idea that already has been covered. Completed project summaries are available athttps://www.beefresearch.org/beefsustainability.aspx.

We understand that PIs do not know the nature of ongoing research projects. However, a list of ongoing projects cannot be made available due to contracting sensitivities. Please understand this limitation and use your best judgment to submit proposals that are both novel and of high industry impact.

Project Deliverables
Project deliverables will include, at minimum, a final technical report with a full listing of research results and implications, and abbreviated executive and lay summaries highlighting key points from the full technical report. Final technical reports must follow a standard outline and be thorough and interpretive in nature. Deliverables also will include a final statement outlining all project expenditures from the institution’s business office. Funds cannot be spent beyond the project end date established in the project contract. Deliverables will be due on or before the project end date established in the contract.

Review Criteria
Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of independent industry experts and applicants will be notified of funding decisions by September 8, 2020. Proposals will be evaluated for: clearly defined objective by topic, applicability to beef sustainability and convincing evidence that the proposed research will inform the concepts, methods, or technologies that drive this field.

We are aware that academic institutions have financial obligations for administering the research grants awarded to their faculty members. However, overhead costs, principal investigator salaries, tuition and equipment purchases will not be considered as part of the funds made available for this research.

Please share this RFP with interested colleagues.

Visit www.beefresearch.org for additional information on the checkoff-funded Beef Sustainability Program.

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