FY 2022 Request for Pre-Proposals - Human Nutrition Research

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor of the Beef Checkoff, is soliciting research pre-proposals in the area of Human Nutrition. Beef farmers and ranchers are interested in expanding nutrition research efforts to further understand beef’s nutritional qualities and the role of beef in healthy diets across the lifespan. Beef farmer-and rancher-supported research helps fill gaps ensuring the body of nutrition knowledge continue to grow -- particularly as traditional sources of research funding become more limited -- and also provides science-based information about beef to help consumers make informed choices about what they eat.

More specifically, attention will be given to research pre-proposals that consider one or more of the following topics:

Beef’s role in optimal human health and well-being and the prevention of chronic disease through population-based or clinical research.

  • Growth and development  
  • Metabolic health (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, cancer, weight management)
  • Muscle health (i.e., quality, strength) and role in overall health, including aging 
Literature reviews (systematic reviews and/or meta-analyses encouraged) 

  • Contribution of beef’s unique nutrient matrix (e.g., iron, zinc, protein, B vitamins, choline, lipids in beef/from beef intake) to optimal health outcomes
  • Exploration of best practice methods to evaluate beef’s nutrient matrix  
  • Specificity of red meat and/or beef intake, amounts, and types in health and disease outcomes 
  • Biomarkers/metabolites of beef consumption and personalized nutrition 
  • Interrelationships of beef intake, nutrition, and health and their contribution to healthcare costs  

Please also see the 2021-2025 Human Nutrition Research Roadmap, which can be found at: https://www.beefresearch.org/research-hub.

PRE-PROPOSALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY July 12, 2021 at 11:59pm MDT via the BeefGrants system.


Long-term Projects 

  • May include proposals for research trials. Funded projects usually range from $25,000 to $200,000, but could be higher if appropriate, necessary, and well justified. 
  • Can begin on or after October 1, 2021, with a project timeline up to two years.
Short-term Projects 

  • May include proposals for systematic or narrative literature reviews and/or meta-analyses with funding limited to $35,000/proposal. 
  • Can begin on or after October 1, 2021 and must end by August 31, 2022. 

Application Guidelines: 

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 set up an account. Please visit https://ncba.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp to register and apply for a grant. (For more information on using BeefGrants, please visit https://www.beefresearch.org/research-hub/beefgrants)

Pre-Proposal Submission Process:
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.   

The following categories will be required in BeefGrants. 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
        • Proposed Methodology and Design
        • 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, presentations, dissemination, travel and miscellaneous)
        • References (if applicable)
        • Optional – add collaborating researchers details

    Review Criteria
    Pre-proposals will be reviewed by an internal and external Science Advisory Committee. Proposals will be evaluated for: uniqueness, relevance, soundness, potential for success, budget appropriateness and potential benefit to the industry/return on investment.

    PIs with pre-proposals selected for request for full proposal will be notified by July 23, 2021.

    Leveraged funding through collaborations with government agencies (USDA, NIH), foundations, industry or other sources that have matching funds is encouraged. In addition, collaboration with additional researchers is encouraged where appropriate.

    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.   

    Questions related to this RFP should be directed to [email protected]

    Visit BeefResearch.org for additional information on the checkoff-funded Human Nutrition Research program.