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Request for Proposals - Pre-Harvest Beef Safety Research
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, is soliciting research proposals for pre-harvest beef safety research.
Research ideas should focus on the pre-harvest sector but can include final product sampling where appropriate. Projects should be exploratory studies focused on evaluating and expanding knowledge of pathogens and contributing factors of pathogen risk in the following areas:
**The line item for student and support staff funding must be 12 months or less.
The following fields will be required in BeefGrants (word counts apply for some categories):
Publication of all research is expected regardless of the outcome, however financial support for manuscript publication is considered separate from research contracts. Once your project is completed and the final report is submitted, please reach out to NCBA staff to receive more information on the new publishing guidance.
PIs should review completed Beef Safety projects to avoid submitting an idea that already has been covered. Completed project summaries are available here.
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 relevant.
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.
Proposals will be evaluated for: clearly defined hypothesis and objectives, experimental design/methods, and convincing evidence that the proposed research will change the concepts, methods, or technologies that drive this field. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of independent industry experts, and applicants will be notified of funding decisions in February 2023.
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.