RFP Schedule
Program Pre-Proposal
Start Date
FY22 Human Nutrition Research

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, is soliciting research pre-proposals in the area of Human Nutrition Research.
CLOSED TBD On or after October 1, 2021
FY21 Beef 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.
N/A CLOSED July 1, 2021
FY21 Product Quality Research

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, is soliciting research proposals in the area of Product Quality Research.
N/A CLOSED July 1, 2021
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Beefgrants Online Grant Portal

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, has moved to an online portal, BeefGrants, 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). 

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Indirect cost statement

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is a non-profit organization that helps to finance nutrition, sustainability, beef safety, and product quality/meat science research programs by giving Checkoff-funded grants-in-aid to qualified scientists in order to enhance the profit potential for beef/beef products. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is aware that academic institutions have financial obligations for administering the research grants that are awarded to their faculty members. However, with funds that are made available for research, overhead costs, principal investigator salaries, and equipment purchases will not be considered.


Application Guidelines

The Human Nutrition Research Program follows a two-part application process, including the submission of a pre-proposal. Pre-proposals are intended to be a brief overview of the proposed project. Pre-proposals must meet the submission deadline and follow the guidelines in the RFP to be considered. Pre-proposals should clearly state their relevance to the beef industry. Principal Investigators (PIs) may submit more than one pre-proposal. A CV is not required. If included, CVs will not count against page totals. Pre-proposals will be reviewed by an internal and external Science Advisory Committee. 

Pre-Proposal Outline: 

The following categories will be required in SmartSimple. Word counts apply for some categories. 

  • Applicant Information
    • Organization Information
  • Researcher Information
    • Pre-proposal
    • Project Title
    • Program Area of Proposed Work (please list if applicable): 
    • Project Timeline: 
    • Specific Objectives: 
    • Hypothesis: 
    • Experimental Approach: 
    • Expected outcomes in terms of scientific knowledge and technical capability delivered as result of this project: 
    • Deliverables (for example, pilot data or manuscript development): 
    • Brief Budget Description (for example, personnel, supplies, materials, sample analysis, publications, presentations, dissemination, travel and miscellaneous) 
    • References (if applicable):
Full Proposals

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

Proposal Outline: 

  • Applicant Information 
    • Organization Information
    • Researcher Information 
    • Institution Grant Administration Contact Details 
  • Application Summary 
    • Project Title
    • Estimated total cost of research 
    • Proposed start and end date
    • Description of Research Project (*Human Nutrition Proposals Only)
    • Description of Institution (or other facilities available for this study) (*Human Nutrition Proposals Only)
    • Description of earlier research by Principal Investigator (PI) in this area or closely related field. Cite important publications authored by the PI (not more than 5) on this or closely related subjects  (*Human Nutrition Proposals Only)
  • Project Details
    • Project Background & Hypothesis
    • Objectives 
    • Design of experiment/materials and methods. 
    • Total Time for Completion (in months) (auto-calculated from Application Summary fields)
    •  Describe the practical application of the research for use in the beef industry. 
    • Percent of time to be spent on the project by: Principal Investigator, Associate Investigator, Technician, Student, etc. (*Human Nutrition Proposals Only)
    • Provide additional information as necessary to illustrate your research experience in this field of research. This information should be in addition to what is listed in your researcher profile. (*Human Nutrition Proposals Only)
    • We understand that complications may arise due to COVID-19 and may lead to difficulties in meeting study-specified procedures. Please outline contingency measures to assure the safety of participants and personnel while maintaining the integrity of your investigation during the ongoing COVID-19 challenge. (For COVID-19 impacted studies)
  • Detailed Budget Table 
  • Other Sources of Support/Co-funding (optional) 
  • Supporting Documents/CV (optional)
Review Criteria 

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of independent industry experts and applicants will be notified of funding decisions. Proposals will be evaluated for: uniqueness, relevance, soundness, potential for success, budget appropriateness and potential benefit to the industry/return on investment.