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Pilot Grant Program


Funding Opportunity: CPH-NEW 2019/2020 Pilot Grant Program

September 5, 2019 - Letters of intent (LOI) are being accepted now for research pilot grants. CPH-NEW expects to award up to two research projects (up to $13,000) in November, 2019. The Pilot Grant Program is intended to support research projects in any areas of workplace safety, health or well-being related to the CPH-NEW mission under the NIOSH Total Worker Health® (TWH) program.


  • Pre-proposal Letter of Intent due - Rolling until Friday September 27, 2019
  • Applications (for invited applicants only) - due by Friday October 18, 2019
  • Award Period - November 25, 2019 to August 31, 2020

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Who is Eligible to Apply

To be eligible for pilot project support, investigators must be from the New England region. Other eligibility criteria includes:

  • Graduate students at accredited academic institutions
  • Post-doctoral trainees, including physicians and nurses and those in medical residency programs
  • Faculty members, visiting scholars and research staff at accredited academic institutions
  • Other individuals from community or non-academic institutions who have a demonstrated interest and research capability in relevant fields.

Priority will be given to investigators who do not have other pilot grants underway at the time.

Read about Previous Years

CPH-NEW offers publications grants of $2,000 to past CPH-NEW pilot grantees to support the costs associated with developing manuscripts of your pilot grant results. Download the publications grants application.

Winning Strategies for CPH-NEW Pilot Grants Webinar

Prospective applicants are encouraged to listen to the recorded webinar, "Winning Strategies for CPH-NEW Pilot Grants."Successful grant writer and Assoc. Prof. at UMass Medical School Stephenie Lemon shares her grant writing tips and insights into the Pilot Grant Program. Dr. Lemon's presentation is also available for download (pdf).

Topic Ideas

Acceptable topics can range from focusing on high level organizational to shop-floor issues. In keeping with the Research-to-Practice (R2P) emphasis of the Center, we encourage projects that actively engage external partners such as employers, unions, community groups, public health agencies and insurers. Interdisciplinary proposals that include epidemiology, occupational safety or ergonomics, health behavior, industrial hygiene, health policy, economics etc. are also encouraged.

Examples of eligible research include (but are not limited to):

  • Feasibility studies to develop and test new intervention approaches or applications
  • Pilot laboratory or biomarker development or application
  • Study of effectiveness of R2P translation of prior research findings
  • Research with newly defined or underserved at-risk populations
  • Applications are particularly encouraged for data collection, methods development, or other work in support of a future extramural grant application and from graduate students for thesis/dissertation research or thesis-related preparatory work.