November 15, 2002


 PRRS research funding available through new award program

Posted Nov. 1, 2002

The PRRS Research Review Board has issued its first call for proposals for research on porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome. Each of the three winning proposals will receive a $25,000 Advancement in PRRS Research Award.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. of St. Joseph, Mo. is sponsoring the new program to promote applied research in PRRS control and eradication. The program was introduced during the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference in September in St. Paul, Minn.

Five swine disease experts serve on the review board—Drs. Scott Dee, St. Paul, Minn.; Luc Dufresne, Franklin, Ky.; Pat Halbur, Ames, Iowa; Timothy Loula, St. Peter, Minn.; and William Mengeling, Ames, Iowa.

Dr. Loula said, "Swine practitioners and producers worldwide want to establish practical, profitable protocols that can help control this costly disease. These $25,000 annual grants should help the industry move toward better solutions."

Researchers, diagnosticians, animal scientists, practitioners, and production veterinarians are eligible to submit a proposal if they are within the North American Free Trade Agreement geographic region. The application deadline is Jan. 1, 2003.

After the award recipients have completed their research manuscripts and documented their submission for publication, the review board will evaluate the manuscripts and award an additional $5,000, $3,000, or $1,000 to each of the three research teams.

Application forms are available from Trudy Ritter, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc., 1620 N. Woodbine Road, St. Joseph, MO 64506-2002; or