Animal Agriculture Initiative pre-proposals due on Oct. 1

Michigan State University’s Animal Agriculture Initiative (AAI), Michigan’s animal agriculture research, teaching and Extension initiative, invites MSU faculty members and MSU Extension staff members to submit pre-proposals for the 2011–2012 funding year (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012) by Oct. 1.

 These preliminary project proposals should focus on developing solutions to problems defined by one of the following five broad research categories identified as high priority by the state’s animal industry groups: environment, health, imminent or emerging issues, profitability and welfare.  All of these connect well with the logic models in the Agriculture/Agribusiness Institute and the Greening Michigan Institute.

 The AAI Coalition, the governing board of the AAI, will review all preliminary proposals. They will select which proposals will move on to the full proposal round and make final selections in December.

 Go online and check out some of the past research projects that AAI has invested in at www.aai.msu.edu. You can download the preliminary proposal guidelines at the same site. If you have questions about proposal submission, contact Faye Watson at cotton@msu.edu.

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