CPS GRABIT Award and Innovation Challenge:
CPS WEBINAR FOR GRABIT AWARD AND INNOVATION CHALLENGE - February 15, 2019 - PPT with speakers note HERE
The Center for Produce Safety extends an invitation and opportunity for technology innovators and developers to submit their solutions-based discovery to the new award-based challenge grant called Grower’s Risk Assessment Biomarkers Investigative Tool, or GRABIT. The GRABIT challenge was designed to stimulate the development of science-based approaches to support the broader critical knowledge needs in produce safety risk identification, risk intervention, and high-density data development associated with the domesticated animal-specialty crop interface. This is not a tool to look for pathogens, but a tool to look for the evidence of chronic or acute transfer factors from a domesticated animal point source. CPS anticipates that the outcomes of this competitive award-based innovation and development challenge will include a diverse set of grower-oriented and, ideally, on-farm deployed tools -- from solid proof-of-concept to pre-commercial beta-test ready kits. The GRABIT challenge is the first of a multipart effort CPS has undertaken to address the priority research needs of the fresh produce supply chain.
- April 22 - Applications due by 12:00 noon PDT - Five-page narrative describing the innovation, rationale for biomarker(s) selection, and proof of concept or alpha-test proof of functionality
- June 18-19 - Awards announced at 2019 CPS Research Symposium in Austin, Texas
Download Background and Description form click HERE:
Download Application Form click HERE: UPDATED 02-18-19!
AWARD STRUCTURE* - UP TO $500,000 AVAILABLE
-Prime Time Ready: 4 awards, $75,000 each
-Solid Proof of Potential: 5 awards, $30,000 each
-Promising Proof of Concept: 10 awards, $10,000 each
*Not all categories may be awarded; awards will be based on merit and industry readiness
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ATTENTION RESEARCH SCIENTISTS - Scientists that have an interest in collaborating with CPS are encouraged to ask questions about the proposal process, research priorities and CPS expectations of funded scientists. Please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the CPS office (530) 554-9706.
NEW IDEAS - Please contact CPS Executive Director regarding rapid-response research ideas as well as research ideas outside of the annual call for proposals.
Bonnie Fernandez-Fenaroli, Executive Director | Bonnie@centerforproducesafety.org, Ph. (530) 554-9761
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