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Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health



The Johns Hopkins NIOSH Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health

Pilot Project Research Training Awards, 2017-2018

- Proposals Due November 6, 2017 -

**Click here see a summary of Pilot Project Research Training awards from 2004 - 2016** 


The objective of this program is to enhance occupational research training through direct support of research activities. Supplemental funds have been awarded by NIOSH to support student and new investigator (junior faculty) research projects with awards up to $15,000 each. The budget period is from January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018.  A one year no-cost extension may be granted for completion of funded projects; no additional extensions are permitted.      


Applicants must be doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows (including Occupational Medicine residents), or full-time faculty affiliated with a NIOSH Education and Research Center (ERC), Training Project Grant (TPG), or other related university-based program within NIOSH Region 3. Faculty applicants must be new investigators, not above the rank of Assistant Professor, who have not established support for their research through traditional mechanisms of funding. For student applicants, a faculty member must write a brief letter of support and be willing to be listed as the Principal Investigator for the project budget. Applications must be received by COB on Friday, November 6, 2017. Prior to the release of funding, investigators must demonstrate approval of the research project by their Institutional Review Board or Animal Care and Use Committee, as appropriate.

Use of Funds:

Budgets will be allocated in the name of the junior faculty member or, for student awards, the faculty advisor, and are to be used exclusively for the described research. This support may be used for research expenses for which there are no other means of support. Examples include: supplies, domestic travel related to data collection or presentation, services such as data entry or laboratory analysis, and printing or photocopying. These funds may not be used for student tuition or stipend or for faculty salary. Awardees will be required to provide a written report within 30 days of the end of the budget period and to present their findings at a symposium in conjunction with a multidisciplinary occupational health conference in the Baltimore region. 

Evaluation of Applications:

A committee representing Region III ERC and TPG programs will review the applications. Evaluation of projects will be based on relevance to worker health and safety, merit of the research, need for support, and potential to enhance research training capacity. Inclusion of an aspect of interdisciplinary interaction and research topics that concern priorities identified in NIOSH’s National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), will be considered strengths of applications. Note that, in conformance with Federal regulations, exclusion of portions of populations (e.g., based on gender or race) as potential research subjects must be specifically justified.

Application Format:

The following elements must be included in the application for it to be considered for funding: 

Deadline for Applications:

Submit applications electronically to Dr. Peter S.J. Lees at by COB on November 6, 2017. Direct all questions to Dr. Lees at 410-955-3009 or