Boehringer Ingelheim Funds Awards to Research Critical Swine Diseases

L to R: Dr. Cesar Corzo, University of Minnesota, Dr. Beatriz Garcia Morante, University of Minnesota, and Dr. Brandi Burton, Suidae Health & Production. ( Boehringer Ingelheim )

Practicing veterinarians, researchers and academics are encouraged to apply now for one of three $35,000 awards for research related to infectious respiratory disease in pigs sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.

The Awards for Advancing Research in Respiratory Disease (AWARRD) program has provided $1.4 million since 2003 for research into some of the industry’s most pressing questions about diagnosing, controlling and managing porcine respiratory infectious diseases.

The deadline to submit a research proposal for funding is Jan. 15, 2021. The Respiratory Disease Research Board, consisting of seven independent swine veterinarians and researchers, will review the proposals. 

Proposals may relate to any of these topics:
•    Porcine circovirus Type 2 (PCV2)
•    Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (Mhp)
•    Influenza A virus in swine (IAV-S)
•    Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS)

“Year after year, with the help of funding from the AWARRD program, leading researchers and swine practitioners develop game-changing, field-applicable solutions that address key issues the industry faces on a daily basis,” Reid Philips, DVM, PRRS technical manager, Boehringer Ingelheim, said in a company release. “I’m proud to be part of this collaborative effort that invests in the future of the swine industry and continues to inspire the next generation to create innovative solutions that improve swine health.”

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Read about last year's winners here.