The Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture (M-AAA) announces a request for proposals for funding for research and extension programs to enhance Michigan Animal Agriculture. The M-AAA is a partnership between the Michigan animal agriculture industries, the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, MSU AgBioResearch and MSU Extension focused on advancement of the Michigan animal agriculture economy.
All proposals must address critical needs relevant to Michigan’s Animal Agriculture Industries and are requested in the following funding categories
As part of the M-AAA grant program, MMPA through their Applied Dairy Research Fund will provide additional funding of $50,000 as support for research and extension activities relevant to dairy industry priorities in the 2018 grant cycle. Meritorious dairy proposals selected for funding through M-AAA will be reviewed by the MMPA and selected to receive additional funding in recognition of Elwood Kirkpatrick’s many contributions to the dairy industry. A budget addendum describing use of additional funds will be requested after award decisions are made.
The M-AAA would also like to further encourage submission of proposals for the 2018 grant cycle that address workforce development which is a stated priority of several M-AAA stakeholders. Such workforce development oriented proposals should like to utilize this grant process to fund on research, education/training and technical assistance efforts focused on removing barriers and leveraging opportunities identified by processors, agribusiness, and those in agriculture production as critical to business development and growth.
Principal Investigators must be employed by Michigan State University. There are no restrictions on employment status of other team members.
Researchers who submitted proposals in the previous funding cycle, but were not selected for funding are eligible to resubmit, but the revised proposal must include a brief response to reviewer concerns and description of corresponding changes to the proposal. Proposals that were funded in last year’s funding cycle are not eligible for renewal.
All funds awarded are to be spent by termination date. Requests for a single no-cost extension of remaining funding for up to 3 months must provide significant justification for delay in progress on funded Applied Research or Extension projects. Extensions are not automatic, and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the associate director of MSU AgBioResearch or a designate. Any funds remaining upon final project termination date will be returned to M-AAA. Seed grants are not eligible for extension beyond initial termination date.
All proposals must clearly note how proposed activities will benefit Michigan Animal Agriculture and Michigan's economy, with particular emphasis on projects consistent with stated annual priorities of Michigan Animal Agriculture Commodity groups. All proposals must deliver tangible results within defined time frame.
All proposals must articulate the following to be considered for funding:
All proposals will be reviewed by a single panel of experts composed of MSU faculty and commodity group representatives. Every effort will be made to identify experts to review proposals who are not also seeking funding via the 2018 program. Inclusion as a project team member on submitted proposal will automatically exclude individual from review of proposals submitted for consideration in the same funding category. Upon completion of review process, proposals will be ranked within category based on above scoring criteria for final funding determination by the M-AAA. A lay summary of the project will be required at funding notification and reporting guidelines described. Strict adherence to reporting guidelines throughout and after project termination is required to promote accessibility of project goals and impacts to stakeholders and promote long tern sustainability of program funding.
All proposals should be single spaced using Arial 11 font, 0.5 inch margins and double spacing between paragraphs and must adhere to guidelines for proposal length outlined below. Proposals that fail to adhere to guidelines will be immediately returned without review. All proposals should be submitted as a single PDF document containing components listed below. Note, letters of support are not necessary. Industry support of proposals will be represented by in-kind contributions and matching funds
Note: Items 2-8 cannot exceed three pages in length.
*Researchers should submit their proposals electronically, through the MSU’s EBS system. A transmittal is required for each proposal and for submission into the M-AAA database.