2021-2022 Pilot Project Call for Proposals is Now Closed
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The NC OSHERC awards funding annually to provide short-term awards for 2-4 pilot research projects, awarded to a faculty member or other young investigator, or to a current student with a faculty mentor. Preference is given to the latter, and for proposals from the Southeast region of the U.S. The goal of the pilot project program is to provide seed money for investigators to conduct short-term projects, and competitive applications will be relevant to the NC OSHERC’s mission, clearly addressing a topic that leads to a better understanding of the occupational exposures and related safety and health issues. Applicants should also discuss a plan for a future application for National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health funding.  In 2020-2021, NC OSHERC awarded $50,000 in pilot project funding.

Projects may be new or creative characterization studies, those that are designed as research translation projects (i.e., research to practice), or those that are testing out a new method or approach to scientific inquiry. In all cases, the project will address an important area of research in occupational safety and health in one of the NORA sectors or related to Total Worker Health. It is important to visit the NIOSH website that discusses Total Worker Health and the NORA sector approach.

Congratulations to our 2020-2021 Pilot Project Grant Winners!

Laura Linnan

Laura Linnan

Maija Leff

Maija Leff

Title: Designing a Resilience Intervention for Early Childhood Education Providers

Awardees: Laura A. Linnan, ScD, Senior Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Professor, Department of Health Behavior, and Director, Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Maija Leff, MPH, Project Director for the Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health (CCRWH), Program Manager and Adjunct Instructor for the Gillings School of Global Public Health Graduate Certificate in Total Worker Health. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Jeff Hoyle

Jeff Hoyle

Title: Piloting Computer Vision Technology for Ergonomics Risk Assessment

Awardee: Jeff Hoyle, MS, CPE; Director of Ergonomic Services, The Ergonomics Center, Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, North Carolina State University


Alex Albert

Alex Albert

Title: Unveiling Precursors, Causes, and Outcomes of Injuries among Waste Management Workers

Awardee: Alex Albert, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering; North Carolina State University


2019-2020 Awardees

Boyi Hu

Boyi Hu

Project Title: Promote occupational human-robot collaboration safety through human centered object avoidance algorithm

Awardee: Boyi Hu, Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Industrial and Systems Engineering


Maryam Zahabi

Maryam Zahabi

Project Title: Adaptive police mobile computer terminals

Awardee: Maryam Zahabi, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University


Jonghwa Oh

Jonghwa Oh

Project Title: Feasibility of the current 3D technology for the selection of better-fitting safety eyewear

Awardee: Jonghwa Oh, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health


M.J. Ruzmyn Vilcassim

M.J. Ruzmyn Vilcassim

Project Title: Testing and validation of low-cost air pollution monitoring sensors for occupational exposure measurements

Awardee: M.J. Ruzmyn Vilcassim, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health


Eric Ryan

Eric Ryan

Project Title: Osteoarthritis prevalence and modifiable risk factors in retired firefighters

Awardee: Eric Ryan, Associate Professor, Department of Exercise and Sports Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 


Recently Awarded Pilot Projects

2018-2019

  • Project Title: Quantification of Trisaminohexyl Isocyanurate (TAHI) in Urine of Aircraft Refinishing Spray-Painters
    Awardee: Zachary G. Robbins, M.S., PhD student, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Project Title: Targeted heat interventions for agricultural workers
    Awardee: Roxana Chicas, BSN, RN, PhD Candidate, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University

2017-2018

  • Project Title: Aluminum Smelting Work Exposures and Health in West Badin, North Carolina
    Awardee: Elizabeth McClure, PhD Candidate, and David Richardson, Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Project Title: Personalized Interventions for Developing Hazard Recognition Skill among Next-generation Construction Engineers and Managers
    Awardee: Alex Albert, Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Project Title: The Influence of Age on the Recovery from Worksite Resistance Exercise
    Awardee: Abbie Trivisonno, BS and Megan Laffan, BA, Department of Exercise and Sports Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Project Title: Behavioral and Neural Correlates of Hazard Perception: A simultaneous EEG and Eye Tracking Study
    Awardee: Nayoung Kim, Mojtabe Noghabaei, Kevin Han, and Chang S. Nam, Ph.D., CHFP, North Carolina State University
  • Project Title: Characterization and Photothermal Desorption of Buckypapers for Air Sampling
    Awardee: Jake Shedd and Claudiu T. Lungu, PhD, University of Alabama-Birmingham Department of Environmental Health Sciences

For more information, contact Dr. John Staley or Ms. Julie Myers.