June 29, 2010

Limited Submission Funding Opportunity: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the CDC

This program will review grant applications for education and research centers (ERC) that are focused on occupational safety and health training and research training.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is mandated to provide an adequate supply of qualified personnel to carry out the purposes of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and ERCs are one of the principal means for meeting this mandate.

ERCs are academic institutions that provide interdisciplinary graduate training and continuing education in the core occupational safety and health areas of industrial hygiene, occupational health nursing, occupational medicine residency, occupational safety, as well as other closely related occupational safety and health fields. Research and research training are integral components of ERCs, thus ERC scientists conduct peer-reviewed, investigator initiated research on issues related to the National Occupational Research Agenda.

The total amount of funds to be awarded under this program is approximately $20 million dollars per year for new competing applications, competing renewal applications and continuing awards. The number of awards for this program is between 12 and 20, depending on the quality of the applications and funds available. The deadline for application submission is Sept. 10.

Vanderbilt may submit only one application to this program.

Interested investigators should send a brief pre-proposal outline to Susan Meyn (s.meyn@vanderbilt.edu) in the Office of Research by noon on Friday July 23, that includes:

• Principal investigator, department and title
• Tentative title of the intended proposal
• Names of any other key personnel, faculty and/or departments expected to participate
• A brief (one page maximum) summary of the scope and content of the program.

More information about the program can be found at the NIOSH website: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/homepage.html or in the funding opportunity announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-217.html.