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Research Grant Program


To further our mission, Holstein Association USA invites research proposals with expected outcomes
to benefit the profitability from Holstein cattle. Research may involve traditional production disciplines of genetics, nutrition, or reproduction as well as dairy foods or economics.

Please submit applications by August 15, 2017.

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Research priorities

The mission of Holstein Association USA (HAUSA) is to provide leadership, information, and services to help members and dairy producers worldwide be successful. To further that mission Holstein Association USA invites research proposals with expected outcomes to benefit the profitability from Holstein cattle. Research may involve traditional production disciplines of genetics, nutrition, or reproduction as well as dairy foods or economics. Genomics is expected to be part of most projects, but it is not a requirement.

Traits of interest for the research program could include but are not limited to the following: Holstein longevity, health, production, immune system, and locomotion.

Grant Guidelines

  • Principal investigators at US Universities or non-profits are eligible to apply for grant funds.
  • Holstein Association USA is particularly interested in research that advances the profitability and health of Holstein cattle through genetics, but proposals researching other areas of improvement are also invited. Research on the economic benefits of Holstein cows or their products are welcome as well. Grant proposals should represent research in the U.S. on animals or products of the Holstein breed.
  • Research funded with HAUSA grants are expected to be innovative, exploratory and based on sound science. Research proposals of all sizes will be considered, but Holstein grants are expected to be funded within the range of $10,000 to $80,000 per year. Grant durations are expected to be one to three years. Initially, funding requests greater than $80,000 per year or durations longer than three years are not expected to be funded.
  • All projects are expected to obtain approval from local Animal Wellness committee or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Funds for HAUSA approved projects will not be released until a copy of initial approval of project by Animal Wellness Committee or IACUC is on file at HAUSA.
  • Research applications will be reviewed by select HAUSA staff, HAUSA board representative(s) and a few external reviewers, if needed. Purpose of the reviews is to select proposals for recommendation of funding by HAUSA board.
  • Grant funding from Holstein Association USA, Inc should be credited in written research publications and acknowledged in oral presentations.

Progress reports

  • Biannual progress reports and final report should convey state of research on the project (what is completed and what is still underway if multi-year project), a copy of current Animal Wellness committee approval, disbursement of funds and status of publications or oral presentations. Copies of written research publications are also requested.
  • Incomplete or inadequate progress reports may limit release of funding for multi-year grants.
  • At completion of the project, a PowerPoint presentation of outcomes emphasizing increased profitability of Holstein cattle should be prepared for use by HAUSA to convey research results to Holstein members.

Timeline

Research proposals are invited throughout the year. Initial granting schedule is outlined below:

  • Initial Holstein Grant program announcement and request for proposals: June 20, 2017
  • Proposal submission date: August 15, 2017
  • Preliminary review and decision for recommendations to November 2017 HAUSA Board of Directors meeting.
  • First year of approved grants is expected to be funded during December 2017.
  • Progress reports are requested twice a year (May 1 and November 1).


 

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