Pilot Projects Program

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Who can apply for the Pilot Projects Program?

The Pilot Projects Program helps researchers who are:

  • Early stage investigators in environmental health sciences 
  • Established investigators new to environmental health sciences 
  • Established environmental health sciences investigators exploring substantially new research directions in a field relevant to environmental health sciences

How does the Pilot Projects Program work?

Each year, the Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC) calls for proposals, usually in the Fall. Any  investigator eligible to take on sponsored research in accordance with UC Davis policy can submit a concept letter.

All proposals to the EHSC Pilot Projects Program must include a plan for community engagement. Interested researchers with limited experience in community engagement are encouraged to seek guidance from the Community Outreach and Engagement Core at the concept letter phase in order to be competitive.

After an initial review to ensure the proposal syncs with research priorities set by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, selected investigators are invited to submit a full proposal.

What types of projects get funded?

If you're interested in applying, it's helpful to know a little about the projects that have received funding. Below are previous Pilot Projects we've supported:

Who are funding partners for the program?

How can I find out more?

If you have general questions, please contact the Program Administrator. You can also get more information from one of the Pilot Projects co-directors:

Laura Van Winkle, PhD
Judy Van de Water, PhD