Pilot Grant Program

The CPH-NEW Pilot Grant Program awards researchers small grants of up to $11,000 to conduct projects related to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's "Total Worker HealthTM" program - the integration of occupational safety and health with workplace health to advance health, safety and well being of workers.

Read about current and previous years' projects below:

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).

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Who is Eligible to Apply

Investigators eligible for pilot project support include:

  • 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. Proposals will be accepted from institutions throughout the United States.

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.