The Targeted Research Training (TRT) program fosters the development of interdisciplinary research skills that are needed to generate new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health (OSH) and to enhance the trainees’ potential to become productive OSH researchers. Research training is responsive to National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) and will facilitate translation of research findings through communication to occupational health professionals. TRT provides support for collaborative research training with affiliated graduate programs to train OSH researchers who are not part of an academic SCERC program.
The Pilot Project Program facilitates specialized research training of graduate students, junior faculty or new investigators, and promotes the development of multi-disciplinary research addressing NORA–related topics in the areas of occupational health or safety. The Southern California NIOSH Education and Research Center (ERC) awards for one-year pilot projects to support occupational health and safety research training for students (including ERC trainees), new investigators, and new faculty (within 6 years of initial appointment). Funding is provided for small research projects or pilot studies to explore feasibility, to collect preliminary data, and to enable investigators to seek external, longer-term funding. Applications need to address topics relevant to NORA research areas, including cross sector goals.