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Competitive Grants Program


The BisonCOE supports an annual grants competition to fund research and outreach projects. In its first year (2021), over $300,000 in funding was generously provided by the National Buffalo Foundation and awarded to support eight projects. The competitive grant program has enabled the BisonCOE to expand its research network, folding in well over 20 researchers and scientists into the bison community. This growth is expected to continue, with the selection of the next round of competitive grants currently underway. 

The selected projects are diverse in their focus to substantially contribute to a growing knowledge base of bison ecology, marketing, production, management, herd health, and cultural relevance needed by the bison industry. Projects are expected to be completed within one to three years. We look forward to continuing to share more about these projects as they progress and also anticipate that members of these research teams will participate in bison industry conferences and meetings for years to come.

2022 Projects (x2)

In the second year of the grants program, the Center again received numerous applications from across the country that were highly competitive and addressed numerous issues important to the bison industry. The Center is excited to announce the two projects selected for funding in 2022:

  • Assessing factors that influence the virulence of Mycoplasma bovis in bison (University of Wyoming)
  • Investigating mineral and vitamin status and needs for bison (Colorado State University)

2021 Projects (x8)

  • Benchmarking live animal and carcass quality outcomes at slaughter to identify factors impacting bison carcass value (Colorado State University)
  • A baseline inventory assessment of biological and cultural impacts of buffalo restoration in Indian country (InterTribal Buffalo Council)
  • An integrated approach to assess parasite burden and anthelmintic treatment success in North American bison (Kansas State University)
  • Bison on the move: How translocations affect bison production and disease prevalence across space, time, and organization (South Dakota State University)
  • Characterization of bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) in bison (South Dakota State University)
  • Investigating the ruminal metagenome of grass-fed bison to uncover metabolic activities that impact the efficiency of forage utilization (South Dakota State University)
  • Habitat use and avoidance in a large, patchy landscape by American plains bison: Implications for management and conservation of the species (University of Nebraska - Kearney)
  • Comparison of ground nesting bee (Apoidea) abundance and diversity between bison wallows and adjacent prairie (USDA - Agricultural Research Service)