University of Minnesota
School of Public Health

  • Midwest Center
    for Occupational
    Health and Safety

    1260 Mayo (MMC 807)
    420 Delaware Street SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455
    Main: 612-626-0900
    Fax: 612-626-4837

  • Call toll free:
    1-877-36- MCOHS

Pilot Projects


MCOHS-ERC Pilot Projects Research Training Program



Grants ranging from $5,000 to a maximum of $20,000 are available to occupational health and safety (OHS) researchers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Areas of OHS include industrial hygiene, occupational and environmental health nursing, occupational and environmental epidemiology, occupational and environmental medicine, injury epidemiology and safety, ergonomics, toxicology, health physics, and occupational health psychology. The Request for Proposal (RFP) is applicable only to educational institutions and targets a) new Principal Investigators (PIs) that have traditionally not conducted OHS research; b) PIs pursuing new directions of research; and c) doctoral research trainees (PIs). Priority will be given to:

  • Research proposals with a high potential for affecting the practice of OHS;
  • Research ideas that have the potential for: a) resulting in peer-reviewed publications; and b) being developed into proposals for more substantial funding, based on results from this research grant (very important);
  • PIs working in complementary or non-traditional disciplines who wish to become more actively involved in addressing occupational safety and health issues;
  • PIs attempting to develop innovative research efforts in collaboration with faculty from the MCOHS-ERC;
  • Junior PIs needing initial support for innovative research areas who lack support from other sources; and
  • Doctoral students (PIs) undertaking research required for their degree.

Research must be relevant to the occupational health and safety field and focus on the NIOSH NORA objectives. Potential types of projects include intervention studies, risk factor analyses, and exposure assessments affecting a broad range of employee groups, including construction workers, farmers, industrial process workers, and small business owners.

Doctoral students applying for funds must list an advisor, who must have faculty ranking at the same institution. The faculty advisor will be responsible for overseeing the expenditure of funds.





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