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It Does a Body Good

Dairy parlors are not what they used to be. To meet the increasing demand for milk and dairy products, the dairy industry has evolved significantly from the "stool and bucket" approach. Today's dairy parlors are large and industrialized. In this pilot research project, a PhD student at Colorado State University analyzed the frequency of musculoskeletal injuries occurring among dairy parlor workers. Now a professor at the University of Texas, Dr. David Douphrate continues to work with dairy producers on the ergonomics of dairy parlors.


Pilot Project Program

Research & Funding

Pilot Program Overview

Pilot project applications typically include a December call for grant proposals, which are due in February. Funding is issued in July for one year. Pilot project research grants are approximately $15,000 depending upon the scope of the research and available funds.

Grants for 2016-2017 Pilot Projects will be awarded in June. T​hank you to everyone who submitted an RFP! Applications for 2017 projects will be accepted beginning in December 2016.


What are Pilot Projects?

- Research grants that support innovative pilot projects in occupational and environmental safety, health, and well-being

- Research-to-practice (r2p) pilot project grants apply scientific knowledge to real-world problems

- Grants designed to enable new investigators to establish a research track record in the field to help jump-start academic careers


Who Should Apply?

- Investigators who are new to occupational safety, health, and well-being research fields

  • Junior faculty members with interests in the field
  • Graduate research trainees, medical trainees, or postdoctoral fellows in an occupational safety, health, and well-being discipline

- Investigators who have done research in a related discipline and who are interested in further research in the occupational safety, health, and well-being disciplines

  • Faculty members who are new to the field, but who have experience conducting high quality research in a related discipline
  • Researchers at government agencies, in community organizations, or in private enterprises who demonstrate the ability to conduct high quality, independent research

Areas of Emphasis

While we welcome proposals on any topic that can promote worker health and safety in our region, we encourage proposals related to the following emphasis areas:

  • Native American communities of the mountain & plains region
  • Hispanic and Latino communities in the mountain & plains region 
  • The occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS)implications of energy production, generation, distribution and use
  • Small businesses 
  • Surveillance of diseases and injuries related to OEHS exposures 
  • Projects that evaluate the cost-effectiveness of OEHS interventions

Questions about Pilot Projects or "research" versus "r2p"?  Just ask.

"Research" and "research to practice" are not always distinct from one another. If you are applying to our grant program and you think your project might fit into both categories, or if you have other questions about pilot project grants, please contact Carol Brown at You can also learn more about NIOSH's Research to Practice Initiative here​.


Examples of Previous Pilot Projects​

  • Is the Grass Greener? Occupational Health and Wellness in the Marijuana Industry
  • Roof Core as a Modifier of Dermal Exposures among Hot Asphalt Roofers in Denver
  • Impact of an Aging Workforce on Workers' Compensation Claims
  • Hazardous Material Handling and Occupational Exposures in Veterinary Workers

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