Pilot Projects

The overall objective of the Pilot Project Program is to fund an array of proposals that promise innovative environmental health sciences and encourage multiple investigators/teams of investigators, leading to major grant funding from NIEHS and other relevant national agencies. It is anticipated that the program will serve as a primary means to attract new investigators to the Center, both ones at the beginning of their independent careers and others in mid-career. Among them will be a significant number of clinical and community health scientists. In addition, the program will also continue to serve as a means to support Center members embarking on new directions in their research.

In order to reach these objectives, we have the following specific aims:

1. To utilize the program to support environmental health research by new and established scientists, both those joining the Center and other already Members of the Center.

2. To stimulate multi-disciplinary research involving 2 or more investigators distributed along the research continuum from the environment and environmental health to clinical medicine and public health.

3. To support of feasibility studies linking basic and clinical (environmental medicine or public health) scientists in the study of complex diseases and disorders that impact children.

4. To encourage proposals in the targeted research areas

5. To support proposals related to the National Children's Study and in the area of Great Lakes/freshwater and children's diseases.

6. To stimulate innovative Community Outreach and Education Core (COEC) pilot projects that lead to effective outreach and to the development of the area of environmental health communication.

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