Pilot & Small Projects Grant Program


The Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH), Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine, invites applications for short-term research project funding in occupational health and safety for the 2020-2021 academic year. Graduate students, junior investigators, and established investigators with new interests in occupational health and safety are encouraged to apply.

This Pilot/Small Projects Research Program is supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the RMCOEH. It is anticipated up to six research projects will be funded at a level of approximately $5,000 to $10,000 per project. These 1-year projects are to be completed by June 30, 2020 and are non-renewable.

The purpose of this program is to enhance worksite-based occupational safety and health (OSH) and builds on the NIOSH “National Occupational Research Agenda” (NORA) or NIOSH Research to Practice (r2p). Additional information about Regional NORA priorities is provided in this summary of a 2006 town hall meeting. Direct linkage to NORA or NIOSH Research to Practice (r2p) is required. Examples of potential projects include: 

    • Initial support to develop innovative approaches/lines of investigation in occupational safety and health (OSH) program areas.
    • Innovative new directions in OSH fields. 
    • Stimulation of investigators from other fields to apply their expertise to OSH issues.
    • Development of collaborative partnerships with RMCOEH faculty to address emerging safety and health concerns.
    • Translational research to practice projects.
    • Master's and doctoral capstone projects (faculty mentor required).

Projects may be exploratory, interventional or investigational. Pilot Project Principal Investigators (PIs) must be full-time faculty or doctoral students. Faculty and students from outside the University of Utah, but in Region 8 (UT, CO, MT, SD, ND, WY) or in neighboring states (NV, ID, AZ) are especially encouraged to apply. We encourage collaboration of investigators from Region 8 and neighboring states with faculty from the RMCOEH at the University of Utah. Project proposals from outside Region 8 or neighboring states must have a collaborative link with the RMCOEH. Master’s trainees may not serve as principal investigators, but are encouraged to apply with a faculty mentor. It is anticipated that successful projects will result in at least one peer-reviewed publication and submission of additional research grants, particularly those requesting extramural funding. Successful applicants are encouraged to present findings of their project at the annual Regional NORA conference at the University of Utah or at the RMCOEH.

Review the complete request for proposals with detailed application information: 2021-2022 Pilot and Small Projects Research Grant Program Announcement.

Contact Information

Kurt T. Hegmann, MD, MPH
RMCOEH Director
Phone: 801-581-4800
Email: kurt.hegmann@hsc.utah.edu

Matthew S. Thiese, PhD, MSPH
Assistant Professor
Phone: 801-587-3322
Email: matt.thiese@hsc.utah.edu