Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) continues to challenge the swine industry, both in management and profitability, but it’s not the only respiratory disease attacking producers’ bottom lines. The Respiratory Disease Research Board (formerly the PRRS Research Review Board), with financial support from Boehringer Ingelheim, is pleased to announce an expansion of the Research Award program to include additional respiratory pathogens.

In 2016, the Awards for Advancing Research in Respiratory Disease (formerly PRRS Research Awards) began accepting research projects related to porcine circovirus Type 2 (PCV2), Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae and influenza A virus in swine (IAV-S). 

Practicing veterinarians and researchers seeking a Research Award need to submit a proposal by January 15, 2020. Additional instructions and submission forms are available under ‘Download Forms.’ Three $35,000 awards will be available.

Since 2002, Research Awards totaling over $1 million supported development of less costly, additional diagnostic testing and sampling processes, identified more effective biosecurity practices, sought to better understand PRRS virus transmission and developed risk assessment tools, therapeutic intervention programs and vaccination strategies.

Award Details

  • Objectives

    1. To provide a venue for Boehringer Ingelheim to sponsor applied research related to porcine respiratory disease complex (PRDC) for the benefit of the swine industry.
    2. To encourage interaction among swine researchers and practitioners
    3. To enhance knowledge and communication of new information to the industry
    4. To reward research excellence
  • Components of the Awards for Advancing Research in Respiratory Disease

    1. The Awards for Advancing Research in Respiratory Disease consists of three separate U.S. $35,000 awards.
    2. Following completion of the research projects, researchers will submit a final report or a prepared manuscript planned for publication to the review board. The independent Review Board will review final reports or manuscripts for scientific quality and benefit to the industry to the designate additional awards:

      • ​1st award U.S. $5,000
      • 2nd award U.S. $2,500
      • 3rd award U.S. $2,500
  • Eligibility for Participation

    • Students 
    • Researchers 
    • Diagnosticians 
    • Animal Scientists 
    • Practitioners 
    • Production Veterinarians 

    Eligibility for participation to include anyone in United States, Canada and Mexico. 

  • Basic Requirements for Proposal

    • Research must have the potential to generate new information that has clear relevance for PRDC control and management. 
    • The proposal must include a timeline including start date and completion date (maximum length 12 months following initial funding). 
    • The proposal should target an oral presentation at the American Association of Swine Veterinarians Conference upon completion. 
    • Application has to comply with the format provided by the Respiratory Disease Research Board. 
  • Selection Criteria

    The Respiratory Disease Research Board acting on its own, without influence from the sponsoring company, will peer review and select proposals based on the following criteria:

    • Probability of successfully completing the project
    • Potential for economic impact to the industry
    • Originality
    • Scientific quality
  • The Respiratory Disease Research Board Members

    The independent review board has revolving seats to ensure that the Board remains impartial and infused with new ideas. The renowed members consist of swine industry professionals including practicing veterinarians and researchers.

    • Luc Dufresne, DVM
      Seaboard Farms, Shawnee Mission, Kansas 
    • Tim Loula, DVM
      Swine Vet Center, P.A., St. Peter, Minnesota
    • Daryl Olsen, DVM, AMVC
      Audubon, Iowa
    • Montse Torremorell, DVM, PhD
      University of Minnesota, St. Paul​, Minnesota
    • Darin Madsen, DVM, PhD
      Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
    • Jeff Harker, DVM, 2019 AASV
      Presidential-elect, AMVC Management Services, Frankfort, Indiana
    • Paul Thomas​, DVM
      2019 AASV Young Veterinarian of the Year, AMVC Management Services, Audubon, Iowa
  • Confidentiality of Proposals

    • The Board agrees not to discuss proposals outside the board venue. 
    • The Board members have signed a confidentiality agreement regarding information disclosure, which will be provided upon request. 
    • Boehringer Ingelheim personnel, who will handle the practical collection of applications, will comply with the same level of confidentiality as the board members. 
  • Board Member Conflict of Interest

    Board members will not participate in the review and evaluation of any proposals or subsequent manuscripts for which they are investigators or authors, respectively.

  • Application Procedure

    The application has to comply with the application form provided by the Respiratory Disease Research Review Board. The form may be obtained from Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA, 3239 Satellite Blvd, Duluth, Georgia 30096 USA, attn. Reid Phillips, or request through email reid.phillips@boehringer-ingelheim.com.

    The application must be submitted by January 15, 2020.

Proposals Due

The deadline for proposals for the 2020 Respiratory Disease Research Award is: January 15, 2020

Contact Us

The Respiratory Disease Research Award
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA
Attn: MaryLynn Flanigan
3239 Satellite Blvd
Bldg. 500
Duluth, Georgia 30096