Pilot Project Program

A call for proposals went out on August 28, 2013 with a due date of October 14, 2013.


We encourage investigators to contact one of our Center directors to discuss the concept before applying. This will help to ensure the concept is on target to be funded.


Truly innovative concepts can be discussed with Center Director David Petering at any time--whether or not there is an active pilot application process.



Pilot Project Program

A major objective of pilot project funding is to bring together basic and translational researchers to discover and better understand environmental determinants of childhood diseases and to use this knowledge to prevent such illnesses and improve the lives of children and their families. Calls for pilot proposals are aimed at stimulating the formation of research partnerships to begin to address this objective, although innovative single-investigator proposals also will be considered.

A second major objective is to attract new investigators to the Center, both individuals at the beginning of their independent research careers and those mid-career. Finally, the program also will continue to consider support of Center members embarking on new directions in their research.

In order to achieve these objectives, the Center has established the following specific goals:

  • Support environmental health research by new and established scientists--those joining the Center for the first time and others who are already members of the Center who are embarking on new research areas.
  • Stimulate multi-disciplinary research involving two or more investigators distributed along the research continuum from the environment and environmental health to clinical medicine and public health.
  • Support feasibility studies linking basic and clinical (environmental medicine or public health) scientists in the study of complex diseases and disorders that impact children.
  • Encourage proposals for funding in targeted research areas.
  • Support proposals related to the National Children's Study, the areas of Great Lakes/freshwater and children's diseases.
  • Encourage pilot projects that lead to innovative and effective community outreach and to the development of the area of environmental health communication.