Special Project and Pilot Study Funds (Mini-grant Program): Year 2009-2010
Application Deadline: August 20, 2009
The purpose of the “Mini-grant” program of the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural
Health and Safety (NCCRAHS) is to support small-scale projects and pilot studies that address
prevention of childhood agricultural disease and injury. Funds are allocated to support projects
that: a) test innovative strategies, b) strengthen partnerships between safety professionals,
agricultural organizations, and the media, and c) translate research findings into practical
Individuals affiliated with community-based organizations, public or private institutions, units of
local or state government, or tribal government throughout the United States are eligible to apply
for funds. Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with NIOSH Agricultural Research Centers1 or
universities on project design and evaluation. Priority will be given to organizations and junior
faculty who are building their capacity in childhood agricultural health and safety.
The reports from the 1996 National Action Plan and the 2001 Summit on Childhood Agricultural
Injury Prevention2 serve as a guide to national initiatives related to children’s agricultural health
and safety. Each application must clearly indicate how it is addressing a national priority in
childhood agricultural injury prevention as outlined in these reports.
Highest funding priority will be given to projects that:
a) Address vulnerable3 populations (e.g., immigrant workers’ children, Anabaptists, African
Americans, and Native Americans).
b) Use Internet-based resources (including interactive websites, online social networking,
online community building, etc.) to direct and influence parents and other responsible adults
regarding safe behaviors affecting children.
c) Generate new collaborations with agricultural organizations and/or media.
Pilot interventions which will be considered for funding include:
a) Methods to motivate adults to use previously developed resources4.
b) Novel interventions addressing leading causes of injury to children on farms.
c) Interventions addressing childhood agricultural respiratory or noise exposures.
Note: Projects that are not specific to children and agriculture will not be funded.
A list of previously funded projects is available for review on the Children’s Center website.5
Priority topics have changed over time, so this list is not absolute as to what will or will not be
funded; it is intended to act as a guide to the range of topics and scope of work.
Per the NORA Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing definition, “Vulnerability” relates to English language skills, literacy levels, mobility,
migration, work arrangement, socioeconomic status, culture, ethnicity and physical or cognitive ability.
see http://www.marshfieldclinic.org/nccrahs/default.aspx?page=nccrahs_key_projects and http://www.nagcat.org for examples
Proposals must includes all sections noted in table below. Appendices may be included only if
highly relevant to the proposal. Applications exceeding page limits will be returned.
Application item Length Comment
Cover / Contact download from website
Information Form www.marshfieldclinic.org/nccrahs/default.aspx?page=nccrahs_minigrants
Concise statement of project goal / outcomes /
A. Project Goal
B. Background and
Include specific national priority area(s) addressed
C. Project Design / 6 pages
Planned design and methods
Methods total for
D. Evaluation Plan sections see “Evaluation” below
A thru F
E. Implications for
Include potential for future research, continued funding, or
future studies /
F. Timeline Project timeline limited to 12 months maximum
G. Budget and 1 page
Budget see “Budget” below
Biosketch is required for Principal Investigator and key
H. Biosketch personnel; narrative, summary, or NIH style biosketch is
10 pages Only highly relevant materials should be included in
Preferred font is Arial 11pt.; all pages of the proposal must be numbered.
Applicants are encouraged to consult an evaluation guide for assistance, such as the CDC’s
evaluation guidebook “Demonstrating Your Program’s Worth, A Primer on Evaluation for Programs
to Prevent Unintentional Injury.”6
A maximum of $20,000 may be requested. The budget must indicate the requested amount and
justification for each category (i.e. personnel, travel, supplies, and consultants). Institutional
indirect costs must be included as part of the budget as a separate line item. It is the responsibility
of the applicant to determine indirect cost issues with his/her institution. Your institution’s indirect
cost agreement must be included with your application if the budget includes this line item.
Send your completed proposal document via email to:
Marcy Fitz-Randolph / NCCRAHS Mini-grants
Available at http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/pub-res/demonstr.htm
Proposals will be peer-reviewed using the following criteria: a) alignment with the purpose of mini-
grant program, b) eligibility requirements, c) priority topics outlined in the call for proposals,
d) adequacy of project design and methods, e) strength of the evaluation plan, f) likelihood of
expanding the knowledge base of childhood agricultural injury prevention, and g) likelihood of
increasing regional or national awareness and activities regarding childhood farm safety.
Only one applicant per organization will be awarded. Applicants will be notified of award decision
by September 21, 2009. All funds must be expended by September 29, 2010.
Recipients will be required to submit a six-month progress report and a final report. The final report
should contain information including, but not limited to, challenges, outcomes, lessons learned, and
future implications. A template will be made available for recipients to use when preparing reports.
Questions regarding the application process:
Marcy Fitz-Randolph, 1-800-662-6900 or email@example.com.
Programmatic questions (priority topics, fundable ideas, potential collaborators): Barbara
Marlenga, PhD, 1-800-662-6900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.