Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility
Facilitating Environmental Exposure Research
We are a National Institute of Health Environmental Health Sciences Core Center.

The UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) facilitates collaborations by funding university infrastructure to support scientific equipment, facilities, and other resources that can be shared among environmental health researchers. By pursuing shared research questions, CEHS can identify emerging issues that advance understanding about how pollutants and other environmental factors affect human biology and may lead to disease. The Center is funded through a P-30 grant from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences.

CEHS is excited to release our 2021-2022 Pilot Projects Program Request for Applications.

Applications are due February 12, 2021. Attached are the application guidelines (PDF) and an application cover page (Word).

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The CEHS Pilot Projects Program is accepting applications for two types of projects: 1) single investigator, with awards of up to five grants of up to $25,000 each, 2) interdisciplinary team science, with awards of up to two grants of up to $50,000 each. To add special emphasis on community engagement efforts, all funded pilots will be reviewed for community engagement potential. PIs will be contacted about possible community components by the Community Engagement Core (CEC). Investigators that propose a Community Engagement component to a single investigator or team science award can receive a supplement of up to $10,000.In addition, the CEC and investigators proposing a community-engaged or community-based participatory research (CBPR) project are eligible to receive pilot project awards.

Any member of the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, and/or a community partner of a UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member, is eligible to apply. Non-members of CEHS must apply for membership prior to the initiation of a funded project. PIs must have a faculty appointment (research, clinical or tenure track) or be partnered with the Community Engagement Core faculty lead (Dr. Kathleen Gray). Postdoctoral fellows are eligible to apply for Single Investigator awards if they have a collaborating CEHS center member as a Co-PI.

For more information on programmatic fit and funding priorities for the CEHS, please contact Michael Sanderson, CEHS Associate Director at

Message from the Director

COVID-19 Research Funding Opportunities:

The CEHS encourages proposals from researchers pursuing environmental susceptibility to COVID-19 through the Rapid Response mechanism.  Responsive applications will address susceptible populations, including patients with environmental asthma or with exposure to ambient, occupational or environmental chemicals. In addition, the CEHS is a partner for the COVID-19 Gillings Innovation Labs (GILs).

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