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  Priority will be given to applicants from Region II Education and Research Center (ERC) and Training Program Grants (TPG) programs. Awards will be made for one year (12 months).

The objectives of this ERC Pilot Project Award are to foster creative and informative research in occupational health and safety, 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 the investigators to recognize the NIOSH/NORA mission and related challenges in occupational health safety.


Eligible applicants include individuals who meet the following criteria:

Trainees applying for funds must list an advisor with faculty ranking at the same institution. The faculty advisor will be responsible for overseeing the expenditure of funds. Master’s level trainees in the ERC are encouraged to work with faculty members who meet the eligibility criteria for applicants. Stakeholders within Region II are also eligible to apply, provided they are working with an ERC faculty member.

Applicants within 10 years of completing their terminal research degree or medical residency at the time of application are considered as junior investigators. Trainees and junior investigators will be evaluated with a New Investigator status if they have not previously competed successfully for this ERC Pilot Project Award. Previous awardees who are seeking for new research directions are eligible to apply, but will also be additionally evaluated based on the productivity of the prior awarded project(s).

Senior faculty and established investigators who have received NIOSH or NIH R01s/R03s or any equivalent grants from other funding sources in occupational health and safety within the past five years are not eligible to apply themselves, but are strongly encouraged to serve as mentors.  

Award Amount and Period

Award amount: The Scientific Review Board will award grants ranging from $5,000 to $12,000 of total cost (including direct + indirect costs with a rate of 8% of direct costs).
Budget must be directly relevant to the proposed research project; tuitions are not allowed.

Award period: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

Award name:  New York and New Jersey Education and Research Center - Pilot Projects Research Training Program

Federal Award Agencies:

Application Instructions

To apply for these grants, the following material must be submitted by the application deadline Friday, February 1st, 2019 at 11:59pm 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) (2019 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 attached form (2019_NIH PHS 398 biosketch.doc).
    A sample biosketch can be found here: (2019_biosketch_sample.doc.)
  5. Budget Form: Please use the NIH PHS 398 budget form: (2019_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):  A description of each item listed in the budget should be included with an indication 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 PI's mentor, if applicable).
  7. Research Proposal (five pages maximum):
    A single-spaced proposal, outlining the proposed research project, including:
    A) Purpose and benefits to the field and region
    B) Specific objectives and goals
    C) Research plan (significance/innovation, recruitment, data collection, analytical methods, statistical approaches, program evaluation, potential pitfalls and alternative approaches, etc.)
    D) A table/graph of timeline showing entire plans 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. If applicable, please also attach the documentations which demonstrate appropriate human/animal subjects protection and other necessary approvals have been arranged and received. (Note: All awarded projects should submit IRB approval before June 30th, 2019. Funding cannot be disbursed without such approval in place.)

Send an electronic version of the completed application in one PDF document by Friday, February 1st, 2019 at 11:59pm EST to:

Criteria Used to Assess Proposals

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

Research Criteria:

Programmatic Criteria:

Reporting Requirements

Successful awardees will be required to:

Important Dates for 2019 Applicants/Awardees

February 1st, 2019: Deadline of application submission

Early April, 2019: Award announcement

June 30th, 2019: Deadline of IRB approvals

July 1st, 2019: Project start date

January 15th, 2020: Deadline of mid-term progress report

June 30th, 2020: Project end date (all expenses must be spent before this date)

July 31st, 2020: Deadline of final report

*Date for 2020 Annual ERC Scientific Meeting: TBD

December 2020 & December 2021: End-year annual follow-up reports

Contact Information

For application materials and instructions:

For application or administrative questions:

Contact Program Coordinator


For scientific questions:

Contact Program Director, Dr. Yueh-Hsiu Mathilda Chiu