Grants for researchers studying the negative impacts of global industrial food animal production, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, to communicate their research and knowledge outside of academia.
The Tiny Beam Fund is a private, charitable foundation, based in the United States, which seeks to find solutions to the negative impact and issues surrounding the use of the industrial food animal production model, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.
The fund operates a ‘Kindling Initiative’ to encourage network creation and capacity building within academia to sustain a robust interest in studying drivers and negative impacts of industrial animal agriculture and to encourage individual academic researchers and institutions to disseminate their knowledge and insights on these issues beyond academia. The initiative includes several funds to assist researchers with networking and research dissemination/engagement activities.
The Dissemination and Communication Grants are intended to enable researchers who study negative impacts of global industrial food animal production to communicate their research findings and knowledge to a non-academic audience.
The purpose of the grants is to:
- Make academic research on the negative impacts of industrial food animal production – especially concerning low- and middle-income countries – accessible and digestible to those outside academia.
- Help academics studying the drivers, problems, and possible ways to tackle global industrial animal agriculture to reach out to and share their knowledge with non-academics who can benefit from their expertise (e.g. quasi-governmental bodies, non-profit groups).
Grant funds can be used to, for example:
- Pen and promote pieces for media outlets.
- Acquire the skill to engage and communicate effectively with policy-makers and influencers.
- Defray the cost of being a leading member of important task force, working groups, and panels.