Iowa Livestock Health Advisory Council Seed Grant Program

State-appropriated monies are made available through the Iowa Livestock Health Advisory Council (ILHAC) to support research relating to livestock health. The council establishes priorities for this research. Up to $25,000 is currently available each year to support each project. These funds support new and continuation (for a second year) research projects funded on the basis of reviews of proposals submitted by CVM faculty.

To apply: A request for proposals will be released via email to all CVM faculty in winter.  See Proposal Guidelines.

Proposals will be reviewed and critiqued by a subcommittee of the CVM Research Advisory Committee. These reviews and recommendations are then discussed with ILHAC during their winter board meeting. Preliminary award information will be provided to PI's in the spring of the current year, with final awards being determined in June of the current year, once the State of Iowa budget is finalized.

ILHAC and ISU CVM Summer Scholar Research Program Joint Initiative

ILHAC-funded researchers will have the opportunity to involve a first- or second-year veterinary student in their research project.  ILHAC-funded faculty who are interested in participating as a faculty mentor in the ISU CVM Summer Scholar Research Program (SSRP) may indicate their interest on the cover page of their ILHAC proposal (see cover page format on website).  If their ILHAC project is selected for funding and, if they have indicated a desire to participate in the SSRP (by so indicating on the proposal cover page), then their project abstract will automatically be entered into the SSRP matching program.  If their project is successfully matched with a veterinary student (i.e. Summer Scholar), the selected student will participate in their project from mid-May until mid-August.  Funding to support the student's summer stipend will be provided by ILHAC separately from the research project funding. (No need for PI's to include a scholar's stipend into their ILHAC project budget.)

It is anticipated that this combination of unique programs (i.e. ILHAC and ISU CVM SSRP) will benefit the SSRP by providing an opportunity for veterinary students to participate in research projects addressing high priority animal health issues in Iowa.  In addition, ILHAC will benefit by introducing high-energy, top-quality veterinary students to animal health research.