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Small Grant Program

The 2021 Small Grant Program application submission deadline has passed.

The overarching goal of the WCAHS Small Grant Program is to encourage the development of creative research projects while nurturing researchers—particularly early-career researchers—interested in improving agricultural health and safety for the Western U.S. 

Small Grant Program Objectives

  • Fund short-term research projects to support the collection of preliminary data
  • Attract new investigators to WCAHS and the field of agricultural health and safety
  • Facilitate the exploration of innovative research directions
  • Engage and mentor graduate students across multiple disciplines

Current 2021–2022 Funding Opportunity

WCAHS is dedicated to improving the health and safety of those working in Western agriculture through multidisciplinary research, outreach, and trainings.

WCAHS is seeking research proposals that address agricultural health and safety in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and/or Nevada. WCAHS welcomes applications on a wide range of topics relevant to agricultural health and safety. Proposals should identify an occupational health or safety issue that is attributable to the agricultural worksite, not general community exposures.

Projects that include collaboration with cooperative extension farm advisors, community-based organizations, or farm labor contractors and/or those that result in industry, community, and/or policy outputs are encouraged. 


  • Funding for the 2021–2022 academic year
  • Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars may request up to $10,000
  • Faculty may request up to $30,000


  • Faculty with PI eligibility in the Western region (AZ, CA, HI, NV)
  • Project activities and research sites in the Western region 
  • PhD students or postdoctoral scholars in the Western region
  • Applicants from AZ, HI, and NV are encouraged to apply

Key Dates

Proposals Due September 3, 2021, 5 p.m. PT
Earliest Funding Start Date October 15, 2021
Progress Report Due March 31, 2022
Final Report Due October 31, 2022

Submission Instructions

  • Proposals are due on or before the due date: September 3, 2021, 5 p.m. PT
  • Send all materials in one .pdf to:

Required Proposal Items

Abstract written for lay audience

<150 words

Project narrative:

  • Background
  • Specific aims
  • Significance (using the NIOSH BNI framework)
  • Approach
  • Plan for outreach and communication of results
  • Potential for future funding

3 pages


  • Personnel, supplies, and domestic travel allowed
  • Award limit is for total costs (direct + indirect)
  • UC Davis does not have an indirect limit

1 page

Budget justification

1 page

Human Subjects: 
  • Will the project include human subjects? 
  • Will IRB approval be in hand by November 1, 2021?
<1 page
  • Statement on project feasibility should public health officials implement COVID-19 restrictions
<1 page

NIH biosketch for the PI

3 page limit

Graduate student projects only: faculty letter of support


Postdoc projects only: faculty letter of support including commitment of time for the project


Review Criteria

The review process emphasizes scientific merit, which includes identification of a significant occupational health- and/or safety-related problem, magnitude of health and/or safety problem, innovation and use of appropriate tools and methodologies to address the question, fit with WCAHS’ goals, likelihood that the investigator will obtain extramural funding using preliminary data obtained from the project, and likelihood that the proposal will enhance the translational component of WCAHS. All applicants are strongly encouraged to use the NIOSH Burden, Need, Impact framework in describing their project.

Awardees may be asked to present their project status to center leadership during the project period. Awardees will be expected to participate in WCAHS events and seminars and acknowledge WCAHS in publications and presentations by NIOSH grant title and number. 

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