Pilot Project Research Program
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.
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 listed at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/nora/sector.html or related to Total Worker Health found at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/programs/totalworkerhealth/default.html. It is important to visit the NIOSH website that discusses Total Worker Health and the NORA sector approach. More information can be found in the Pilot Project Research Program section.