Pilot Project Research Training Grant Applications Now Open for 2023-24

The Southern California NIOSH Education and Research Center has opened applications for the 2023-2024 Pilot Project Research Training Grants for one-year pilot research projects that advance occupational health and safety. At least five new awards of up to $10,000 each of these grants are anticipated.

Applications are due April 15, 2023. Graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and junior faculty (within 6 years of initial appointment) are eligible to apply. Applicants who are not faculty members must identify a full-time faculty member sponsor.

Pilot research projects may explore feasibility of study designs or methods, collect preliminary data that will support future research and extramural funding, or be limited in scope. Awards are not intended to support activities already funded by other research or training grants. Applications need to address topics relevant to the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). Proposals that address the occupational health or safety of worker groups that experience disproportionate burdens or risk of injury or illness are encouraged.

To Apply:

A letter of intent is strongly recommended, as it will facilitate pre-submission consultation with the applicant. The letter of intent should be submitted by March 15, 2023 and include the name and contact information of the applicant and faculty sponsor, if applicable, study title, and a short description of the study aims or goals. Full applications are due April 15, 2023, and must include:

• Cover page with study title and applicant and faculty sponsor contact information
• An unstructured study abstract (≤ 250 words)
• Specific aims and research approach (≤ 6 pages, plus references)

• Human subjects information consistent with NIH requirements, and IRB status (pending, approved, exempt)
• Budget and budget justification that includes the following categories, if applicable: salary, travel, supplies, equipment, participant incentives. Indirect costs are limited to 8%. Total costs limited to $10,000.
• NIH format biosketch for the applicant and faculty sponsor, if applicable

Applications will be subject to peer-review. Applicants may be required to respond to reviewers’ comments before a final decision is made. Awardees must submit quarterly progress reports, present their research results the following year at an SCERC meeting, and to disseminate their research through publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Funding may begin as early as July 1, 2023.


For full application guidelines, go to: https://erc.ucla.edu/pprt/


For questions and submission of application materials, send to:
Dr. Rachael Jones, SCERC Director