Request for Pilot Research
Project Proposals: Fall 2017

The Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety, supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), announces the availability of funds to support pilot projects. The mission of the Heartland Center is to serve Federal Region VII by providing graduate training, continuing education and outreach in occupational health and safety (OHS).

This pilot mechanism is limited to junior faculty, faculty developing a new research initiative in an OHS area, and research trainees pursuing an MS or PhD degree. Each proposal submitted by a trainee must have a faculty sponsor who will oversee the research.

Two types of projects will be awarded on a competitive basis for the next fiscal year
12/1/17 – 11/30/18:

  • A project that can include student funding with a maximum award of $20,000
  • A project that does not include student funding with a maximum award of $5,000

The proposal section for applications for $20,000 funding will be no longer than 5 pages, single-spaced, and no longer than 3 pages, single-spaced for $5,000 awards.


Applications for the lower funding level should emphasize the “research plan” and the specific aspects of the project requiring the budgeted equipment and/or supplies.


Awards are contingent upon the continuation of federal funding of the Heartland Center for the next fiscal year.


Research projects must be related to one of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) sector areas (see this page for more info), and pertain to an occupational health or safety issue. The research must be conducted in the United States.

Applications are accepted no later than November 15, 2017 in order to be considered. Applicants will be notified of an award decision by November 30, 2017. Please see the official request for project proposals for more information.