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Pilot Projects

Center for Health, Work & Environment


We offer two pilot project funding opportunities, the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) Pilot Project Awards and the Total Worker Health® Pilot Project Awards. These research grants support innovative studies and research-to-practice projects in occupational and environmental health and safety and Total Worker Health. The grants are designed to help early career investigators jump-start their careers and allow for more established researchers from other disciplines to enter the field.

The deadline for submissions has passed. Please check back for details on the 2018–2019 application process.​ We ask that you submit your project to only one funding opportunity, though investigators may submit more than one unique​ proposal.​ More information for each pilot project program is listed below.


MAP ERC Pilot Project Awards

 What are the MAP ERC Pilot Project Awards

  • This grant supports scientific research projects and research-to-practice (r2p) initiatives that apply scientific knowledge in real-world situations, in occupational and environmental health, safety, and well-being
  • ​Projects are funded for one to two years (with a July 1, 2017 start date) for up to a maximum of $15,000, depending upon the scope of the research and available funds​
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 Areas of Emphasis

While we welcome proposals on any topic related to occupational and environmental health, safety and well-being, we encourage proposals focused on:
  • Native American communities in the MAP ERC region (Colorado, Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, Wyoming, North Dakota, or South Dakota)
  • Hispanic and Latino communities in the MAP ERC region
  • Energy production, generation, distribution, and use
  • Small businesses
  • Surveillance of diseases and injuries
  • Cost-effectiveness of interventions
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 Who Should Apply

Applicants must reside in the MAP ERC region (Colorado, Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, Wyoming, North Dakota, or South Dakota) to be considered for this award.
  • Investigators from minority and underrepresented populations
  • Early career researchers interested in environmental and occupational health, safety, and well-being, including:
    • Junior faculty members interested in the field
    • ​​Graduate research trainees, medical trainees, or postdoctoral fellows in an occupational and environmental safety, health, and well-being discipline
  • Investigators who have done research in a related discipline and are interested in further research in occupational and environmental safety, health, and well-being, including:
    • ​​​Faculty who have experience conducting high quality research in a related discipline
    • ​​Researchers in government agencies, community organizations, or private enterprises who demonstrate the ability to conduct high quality, independent research
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 How to Apply

The deadline for submissions has passed. Please check back for details on the 2018–2019 application process.4

 Questions

Please contact Carol Brown at carol.brown@ucdenver.edu with questions about the MAP ERC Pilot Project Awards.​
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Total Worker Health Pilot Project Awards

 What are the Total Worker Health Pilot Project Awards

  • ​This grant supports scientific research and research-to-practice (r2p) projects, initiatives that apply scientific knowledge in real-world situations, in Total Worker Health
  • Projects are funded for one year (September 1, 2017–August 31, 2018) for up to a maximum of $15,000 (total costs, including direct and indirect costs)​, depending upon the scope of the research and available funds​​ 
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 What is Total Worker Health

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines Total Worker Health as policies, programs, and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of injury and illness prevention efforts to advance worker well-being.​​
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 Areas of Emphasis

While we welcome proposals on any topic related to Total Worker Health, we encourage proposals focused on high risk and underserved worker populations, including high risk industries and Native American and Hispanic and Latino communities in Federal Region VIII (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South, Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming).​​​
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 Who Should Apply

  • ​Investigators from minority and underrepresented populations
  • Early career researchers interested in occupational health, safety, and well-being, including:
    • ​Junior faculty interested in the field
    • ​Graduate students or graduate research trainees, or postdoctoral fellows in a Total Worker Health related discipline
  • ​Investigators who have done research in occupational health, safety, and well-being and are new to the Total Worker Health discipline, including:
    • ​Faculty who have experience conducting high quality research in a related discipline
    • ​Researchers in government agencies, in community organizations, or private enterprises who demonstrate the ability to conduct high quality, independent research
  • ​Investigators who seek to improve Total Worker Health research, translation, dissemination, or practice, such as:
    • ​Faculty familiar with occupational health and safety and/or Total Worker Health research who aim to gather pilot data in preparation for larger-scale projects
    • Researchers in government agencies, in community organizations, or private enterprises familiar with occupational health and safety and/or Total Worker Health research who aim to gather pilot data in preparation for larger-scale projects
Priority will be given to applicants from Federal Region VIII (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming).​
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 How to Apply

The deadline for submissions has passed. Please check back for details on the 2018–2019 application process.​
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 Questions

Please contact Gwen Fisher at gwen.fisher@colostate.edu with questions about the Total Worker Health Pilot Project Award.​​​
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