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

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New York and New Jersey 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 Awards will be made for one year.

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 support 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 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.


Eligible applicants include individuals who meet the following criteria:

Award Amount and Period

Award Amount: The Scientific Review Board will award grants ranging from $5,000 to $12,000 of total cost (direct + indirect costs with a rate of 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, 2020 – June 30, 2021

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 Friday, January 31, 2020, 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) (2020 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 form 2020_NIH PHS 398 biosketch.doc.
    A sample biosketch can be found here: (2020_biosketch_sample.doc.)
  5. Budget Form: Please use form 2020_BUDGET_form.doc (modified version of NIH PHS 398 budget form. Indirect costs are capped at 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 (five 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 manuscripts to report the findings on research journals. The project should be completed within one year.
  8. If applicable, please also attach the documentations that 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 30, 2020. Funding cannot be disbursed without such approval in place.)

Send an electronic version of the completed application in one PDF document by Friday, January 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EST to:

Criteria Used to Assess Proposals

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

Research Criteria:

Programmatic Criteria:

Involves interdisciplinary approaches and multiple stakeholders: Proposals that seek to involve multidisciplinary researchers & methodologies as well as multiple interested parties – such as employees, organized labor, employers, state officials, academics, etc. – are particularly encouraged. Similarly, proposals that include the participation of NIOSH-supported health and safety training program grantees or investigators at other academic institutions in Region II are specifically encouraged.

Reporting Requirements

Successful awardees will be required to:

Important Dates for 2020 Applicants/Awardees

January 31, 2020: Deadline of application submission

Early April 2020: Award announcement

June 30, 2020: Deadline of IRB approvals

July 1, 2020: Project start date

January 15, 2021: Deadline of mid-term progress report

June 30, 2021: Project end date (all expenses must be spent before this date)

July 31, 2021: Deadline of final report

Fall 2021 Poster Presentation at the Annual ERC Scientific Meeting

December 2021 & December 2022: End-year annual follow-up reports

Contact Information

For application materials and instructions:

For application or administrative questions:

Contact Program Administrator, Ms. Jessica Kiley


For scientific questions:

Contact Program Director, Dr. Yueh-Hsiu Mathilda Chiu