Request for Proposals 2018-2019 Pilot Projects

The NIEHS funded UC Davis EHSC invites Concept Letters for potential pilot projects to be conducted during the 2018/2019 grant year. The Pilot Project Program supports short-term projects to provide preliminary data for new extramural grant submissions in the area of environmental health sciences (EHS) research. The review process emphasizes relevance to the Center’s focus, responsiveness to themes identified in the request for proposals, community engagement and the potential for translation of the science into public health. Successful applications will demonstrate a strong likelihood of leading to significant NIEHS (or similar) funding in the short term. Additionally, applications that are in areas of interest to our funding partners (MIND Institute, Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, California National Primate Research Center, and the West Coast Metabolomics Center) are especially desirable.

Eligibility: All UC Davis investigators who are eligible to apply as a Principal Investigator for NIH grants. Prior unsuccessful applicants are especially encouraged to submit revised applications.

Application Procedure: A Concept Letter must be submitted by Sept 18, 2017. Only projects approved at the Concept Letter stage may move forward to full proposals. Concept Letters and full proposals are to be prepared using forms and expanded instructions available from the Center website ( Deadline for receipt of invited full proposals is noon, October 24th, 2017. Each PI may submit only one proposal (Type 1, 2, 3, or 4).

Priority Areas:

  • Interdisciplinary team research
  • Development of resources, methods, or technology that will benefit the field of environmental health sciences.
  • Human health concerns, particularly respiratory conditions, cancer, neurodegenerative or neurodevelopmental disorders, immune regulation, reproductive/endocrine or metabolic function, mental health.
  • Translational science
  • Projects likely to inform policy or advocacy efforts for scientifically supported actions
  • Substantial relevance to California’s Central Valley population, such as pesticides, air pollution, climate change and its consequences, water quality and quantity, and toxicants in household and personal care products.
  • A focus on prevention of environmentally-induced disease and disability.

NEW: For the 2017 cycle, we are soliciting Type 3 proposals that will markedly enhance impact of an already strong research program by leading to a major expansion or new direction of the program. We are also soliciting Type 4 proposals for development or acquisition of resources, methods, or technology to establish and validate exposures. This includes  requests for new instrumentation, new use of existing instrumentation or development of new resources/approaches  These must have strong relevance to NIEHS funded/fundable research.

Community Outreach and Engagement:

The Community Stakeholders Advisory Committee (CSTAC) has drafted preliminary proposal ideas (link to CSTAC priorities) and are searching for PIs to engage on key research questions. Contact Dr. Karen Andrade () to obtain help developing a community outreach and engagement plan (required for all proposals).

Type 1 awards for $20,000 to $30,000 direct costs for a one year project are for standard pilot project proposals, including some community outreach and engagement (required). Revised submissions will be prioritized this year.

Type 2 awards for up to $30,000/year direct for two years incorporate community outreach and engagement throughout the research process including project design, data collection, interpretation of results and dissemination. At least $5,000 per year must be allocated to community partners.

Type 3 awards for up to $50,000 direct for one year will compellingly lay the foundation for significantly expanding an established research program through major new extramural funding. These awards are targeted to mid-career or established investigators, either currently in or new to EHS, and must include a community engagement component.

Type 4 awards for $10,000 to $20,000 direct for one year for development of resources, methods or technology that will benefit the field of exposure science.

Additional Information: A mentor in the EHS Core Center will be assigned to applications from early stage investigators (ESI) or investigators new to EHS to assist with preparation of a competitive proposal. Each ESI will receive ongoing assistance from the Career Development Core, if selected for funding. Grantees must acknowledge the Center grant in work resulting from supported studies and provide progress reports and updates. Applicants should indicate whether core services are needed in their Concept Letters and/or whether their application may also be relevant/eligible for matching funds based on the interests of the EHSC and our funding/resource partners. If human or animal subjects are included, no award will be issued until IRB or IACUC approval has been received and the NIEHS has authorized allocation of funds. Applications will be internally triaged for responsiveness and compliance with the above requirements. Final funding recommendations are made by the Center’s Funding Council.

Link to online Concept Letter Form

Link to PDF Application Materials