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Pilot Project Grants

PILOT PROJECT RESEARCH TRAINING (PPRT)

The Illinois ERC solicits proposals and awards funds annually for Pilot Project Research Projects. The funds are intended for new occupational safety and health investigators, including PhD candidates, post doctoral trainees, new faculty in occupational health fields, and established researchers who are exploring occupational health and safety for the first time. The availability and amount of funding for this initiative is contingent on the Pilot Project award provided by NIOSH, but funding amounts typically range from $2,000 to a maximum of $20,000. To date, the rate of successful funding of proposals is approximately 50%. The request for proposals is generally announced in January with an April 1 deadline.

The purpose of the awards is to:
1. Develop research expertise and capacity in ERC research trainees and new investigators;
2. Support new investigators in establishing new occupationally related research areas; and,
3. Encourage established investigators from other fields to apply their expertise to NORA topics. More information on NORA topics can be found on the CDC website.

The awards are intended to provide investigators with the resources needed to develop pilot information about a research hypothesis, with the expectation that investigators will subsequently develop fully formed extramural research applications on the basis of this pilot information. Use the links below to download the application instructions and information, the application form, and a budget proposal worksheet. All documents are between 24 and 50 KB in size. Applications must be received on or before Thursday, April 6, 2017.

Application Instructions and Information
Application Form .doc format
Application Form .pdf
Budget Proposal Worksheet

Questions concerning the applications and funding may be addressed to:

Salvatore Cali, MPH, CIH
PPRT Program Coordinator
Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago
School of Public Health (M/C 922)
2121 West Taylor Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612-7260
Phone 312/996-5722 
Email: scali@uic.edu (Inquiries by e-mail preferred)

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