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How to Apply

Turn in the Pilot Project RFP, due February 29, 2016.


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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

Each year, our organization distributes grants to support innovative projects that promote occupational and environmental safety and health, including worksite health promotion. We fund pilot research projects that enhance our scientific knowledge about workplace safety, health, and well-being. We also fund pilot research to practice (r2p) projects that apply scientific knowledge to real world problems. 

Applications for 2016-2017 Pilot Project Grants:

Available here Pilot Project RFP - 2016 .pdf
Due February 29, 2016
Applications are accepted from our 7 state region, including AZ, CO, MT, NM, ND, SD, WY.

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​


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