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 Pilot Projects


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 RFP is applicable only to educational institutions and targets a) new investigators that have traditionally not conducted OHS research; b) investigators pursuing new directions of research; and c) doctoral research trainees. Priority will be given to:

  • Research proposals with a high potential for affecting the practice of OHS;
  • Investigators working in complementary or non-traditional disciplines who wish to become more actively involved in addressing occupational safety and health issues;
  • Investigators attempting to develop innovative research efforts in collaboration with faculty from the MCOHS;
  • Junior investigators needing initial support for innovative research areas who lack support from other sources;
  • Research ideas that have the potential for being developed into proposals for more substantial funding, based on preliminary results from this research grant; and
  • Doctoral students 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.




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