The Center is an inter-institutional partnership funded through various grants, primarily ones from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a division of the National Institutes of Health. NIEHS focuses on human health in relation to the environment. The Institute supports 17 centers across the country that have been identified competitively as having broad and deep strength in areas of environmental health. On April 1, 2009 NIEHS awarded UWM with a major five-year grant to support the Children's Environmental Health Sciences Core Center.
To fulfill the many obligations of the Center, there are a number of partnering organizations:
The Center is part of the UWM College of Letters and Science. The administrative arm of the Center is physically located on campus in the Northwest Quadrant, Building B. Thirty-two percent of the Center's investigators are affiliated with UWM, some of whom are physically located at UWM's School of Freshwater Sciences and Zilber School of Public Health.
Children's Research Institute (CRI) advances state-of-the-art pediatric health care through translational research programs to find life-saving discoveries and cures in the diseases that affect children and interventions that enhance quality of life for children and families living with chronic health conditions. CRI is one of 13 facilities that comprise Children's Hospital and Health Systems.
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In 2007-08, its faculty received approximately $147 million in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Annually, MCW faculty direct or collaborate on more than 3,000 research studies. Nearly 55% of the Center's members are affiliated with MCW.