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New York and New Jersey (Region II) Education and Research Center




Grants ranging from $5,000 to $12,000 are available to occupational health and safety researchers in OSHA/EPA Region II (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).  Research should be in the occupational health and safety field and should focus on the NIOSH/NORA research priorities (information regarding NORA can be found at Furthermore, research topics addressing underrepresented worker populations and occupational health disparities are particularly encouraged.  Awards will be made for a one-year project period.

The objectives of the ERC Pilot Project Awards are to foster creative and informative research in occupational health and safety, to generate preliminary data that can be used for future/subsequent research projects, to enhance career development of outstanding early-stage investigators, to provide supports to investigators seeking new research directions, to encourage trans-disciplinary research collaborations, and to increase opportunities for investigators to recognize the NIOSH/NORA mission and related challenges in this research field.  This program provides a pathway for the investigators to turn novel research ideas into fully developed research proposals with the goal of generating preliminary data for larger R01/R03 (or K awards) applications.  


Award Amount and Period

Award Amount: The Scientific Review Board will award grants ranging from $5,000 to $12,000 of total cost (direct costs + indirect costs with a rate capped at 8% of direct costs). Budget must be directly relevant to the proposed research project.  Detailed guidelines of allowed budget types are in the Application Instructions section below.

Award Project Period: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

Award Name: New York and New Jersey Education and Research Center, Pilot Projects Research Training Program

Federal Award Agencies:

Application Instructions

The following materials must be submitted by the application deadline Sunday, February 14, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST. All applications should include the following contents with the listed order in one PDF document:

Format Instructions:

  1. Cover Page (please use the attached form) (2021 Pilot Projects_CoverPage.doc)
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Abstract (one page maximum): Provide a summary of the objectives, aims, hypotheses, significance, research plan and expected results. The abstract should also include a brief statement summarizing how the award will enhance the research career of the principal investigator (PI), and a description of how the work to be funded by this award will contribute to the development of a research career or a new research focus. This section should be no more than one page long.
  4. Biographical Sketch: A short scientific resume for each person involved in the research (including all co-investigators and faculty advisors, if applicable).  Please use the file "2021_biosketch.docx" (2021_biosketch.doc.)
    A sample biosketch can be found here: (2021_biosketch_sample.doc.)
  5. Budget Form: Please use form (2021_BUDGET_form.doc) Indirect costs are capped at of 8% of direct costs.  Total cost (direct costs + indirect costs) may not exceed $12,000.  
  6. Budget Justification (one page maximum): Detailed descriptions of each item listed in the Budget Form should be outlined with a justification of its relationship to the proposed work.  Budget must be directly relevant to the proposed research project.  Tuitions are not allowed, as the PI (including trainee PI) is expected to already have sufficient knowledge and skill set to complete the project within one year (under the guidance of the mentor of the project, if applicable).  Salary for the mentor is not allowed.
  7. Research Proposal (5 pages maximum):
    A single-spaced proposal, outlining the proposed research project, including:
    A) Background, study purpose, and benefits to the field and region
    B) Specific aims
    C) Significance/innovation
    D) Research plan (recruitment strategies, data collection methods, laboratory/analytical methods, statistical approaches, program evaluation, potential pitfalls, and alternative approaches, etc.)
    E) A table/graph demonstrating the proposed timeline from preparation to completion of the project, as well as the PI’s plans to prepare for manuscripts to report the findings on research journals. The project should be completed within one year.
  8. Career Development and Mentorship Plans (1 page maximum; required for all PIs who are trainees or junior investigators at Assistant Professor or equivalent rank):
    A) Describe PI’s career development plans, including short-term and long term goals, as well as how this proposed pilot project will play a role in enhancing their research career trajectories in the field of occupational safety and health.
    B) For projects with mentors, describe the mentorship plans that will strengthen the PI’s research capability along the course of the project, and detail how the project’s mentor will monitor the progress of the proposed project in each step, including study design, IRB submission, data collection, feasibility and quality checks, budget tracking, research progress tracking, data analysis, results interpretation, manuscript writings, future grant submission, etc.  Also, describe how the mentorship activities will enhance the PI’s career development.
    C) Mentors of the proposed project who had already served in previously awarded PPRTP pilot projects are required to summarize the outputs/productivity of their previously mentored projects as well as the career trajectory and status of their past pilot project mentees.
  9. If applicable, please also attach the documentations which demonstrate appropriate human/animal subjects protection and other necessary approvals that have been arranged and received.  (Note: All awarded projects should submit IRB approval before June 30th, 2021.  Funding cannot be disbursed without such approval in place.)


Submit the electronic version of the completed application in one PDF document by
Sunday, February 14th, 2021 at 11:59pm EST via the following URL link:


Criteria Used to Assess Proposals

The following criteria will be used mainly in determining the awards:

Research/Scientific Criteria:

Programmatic Criteria:

Reporting Requirements

Successful awardees will be required to:

Important Dates for 2021 Applicants/Awardees

Mid-January, 2021: Q&A Information Session for Prospective Applicants
(date/time to be announced in mid-December 2020)

February 14, 2021: Deadline of Application Submission

April 15, 2021: Announcement of Awardees

June 30, 2021: Deadline of IRB Approvals

July 1, 2021: Project Start Date

January 15, 2022: Deadline of Mid-Term Progress Report

June 30, 2022: Project End Date (all remaining budget must be spent before this date)

July 31, 2022: Deadline of Final Report

Fall 2022: Presentation at the ERC Annual Scientific Meeting

Dec 2022/Dec 2023: End-of-Year Annual Follow-Up Reports (mandatory for 2 years post-project, up to 5 years of tracking)

Contact Information

For Application Materials and Instructions:

Application Submission:

For Administration Questions:

Contact: Ms. Theresa Choi, Program Administrator


For Scientific Questions:

Contact: Dr. Yueh-Hsiu Mathilda Chiu, Program Director


The NYNJERC is supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health through Grant # T42 OH 008422

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