Ceva Animal Health is seeking proposals for applied research studies that will focus on improving gilt and sow reproductive performance to help answer long-standing questions in swine breeding.
Dedicated to helping veterinarians and producers find ways to improve reproduction practices, Ceva is contributing research funds to explore topics that can advance swine reproductive performance on-farm.
"Through our research awards, we want to help elevate the focus on reproduction and advance breeding practices," Ceva swine business unit director Gary Robertson said. "Simply, we want to offer more dollars specifically designated to fulfill unmet needs in swine reproductive research."
The research proposals, which are open to North American swine practitioners and technicians as well as private and public researchers, will be evaluated by an independent review board made up of swine reproductive experts.
The proposals will be evaluated based on their overall objective and how the research can be applied in operational settings. Because of this criteria, the research board will only consider proposals that are either applied or fundamental research as defined by the following:
* Applied research: Research conducted on specifically identified reproductive problems of gilts and sows that provides information and technology that may be transferred to users and may relate to a product, practice or process.
* Fundamental research: Research directed at testing scientific hypotheses and providing basic knowledge that enables advancements in applied research and from which major conceptual breakthroughs are expected to occur.
"Ceva is committed to helping solve problems in the swine industry that have gone unanswered and ensuring we are constantly striving to find ways to help our customers investigate disease and other production obstacles," Robertson said. "We want to empower researchers to be creative, innovative and bold in the questions they will answer and the studies they design."
Deadline for submission is Sept. 1, and winners will be announced later that month. All mailed proposals should be postmarked by Sept. 1, and any email submissions must be received by midnight on the same date.
Proposals should include the following:
* Principal investigator and project title;
* Project objective;
* Current status of problem;
* Detailed description of proposed program;
* Outline of entire research process, and
* Budget for project.
All materials should be mailed to:
Ceva Animal Health
Attn: Swine Division
"Call for Entries: Research Awards"
8735 Rosehill Road, Suite 300
Lenexa, KS 66215
For more information on the research program or proposals, email [email protected].
Ceva Animal Health offers a growing line of products to meet the health needs of companion animals, poultry, horses and the swine market. Ceva established its U.S. presence in 2005 with the acquisition of Biomune Co. Since then, the company has invested more than $65 million in facilities supporting the growth in research and development and vaccine production. Ceva currently supplies more than 70 countries with critical vaccines from the company’s North American headquarters located in Lenexa, Kan.