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Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS) Pilot Projects

Grants to USA Researchers at Educational Institutions
in Eligible States for Occupational Health Training Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH)

Deadline Date:

11/30/18 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to USA researchers at educational institutions in eligible states for occupational health and safety research training programs. Applicants from the following states are eligible to receive funding: Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Areas of funding include industrial hygiene, occupational and environmental health nursing, occupational and environmental epidemiology, occupational and environmental medicine, occupational health services research and policy, injury epidemiology and safety, ergonomics, toxicology, health physics, and occupational health psychology.

Priority will be given to:
-Research proposals with a high potential for affecting the practice of OHS;
-Research ideas that have the potential for resulting in peer-reviewed publications and being developed into proposals for more substantial funding, based on results from this research grant (very important);
-PIs working in complementary or non-traditional disciplines who wish to become more actively involved in addressing occupational safety and health issues;
-PIs attempting to develop innovative research efforts in collaboration with faculty from the MCOHS-ERC;
-Junior PIs needing initial support for innovative research areas who lack support from other sources; and
-Doctoral students undertaking research required for their degree

Research must be relevant to the occupational health and safety field and focus on the NIOSH NORA objectives. Potential types of projects include intervention studies, risk factor analyses, and exposure assessments affecting a broad range of employee groups, including construction workers, farmers, industrial process workers, and small business owners.

Eligible Expenses: If there is clear justification of the need for expenditures and a clear explanation of their direct relevance to the proposed research, these awards may be used for any category of research-related expenses, with the following limitations:
-Faculty salary support may not exceed 5% for each faculty member.
-Travel to professional meetings will not be funded with the exception of travel to the annual NORA Symposium held at the MCOHS-ERC, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, during spring to present results from the research project.
-Indirect costs capped at 8% MTDC (exclusive of tuition and equipment).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184504

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants ranging from $5,000 to a maximum of $20,000

Term of Contract:

Project must be completed one year after funding is awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Request for Proposal (RFP) is applicable only to educational institutions and targets:
-Newly-independent principal investigators (PIs)
-Experienced PIs pursuing OHS as a new direction for research
-Doctoral research trainees working under the supervision of a PI.

Doctoral students applying for funds must list an advisor, who must have faculty ranking at the same institution. The faculty advisor will be responsible for overseeing the expenditure of funds.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline is November 30, 2018 by 5:00 PM.

-September 24, 2018 - RFA announced
-November 30, 2018 - Full proposals due. Submit as a single PDF document.
-December 2018 – February 2019 - Proposal review process
-On or before March 1, 2019 - Funded awards announced
-July 1, 2019 - Start date for awards
-1 year after award - Project completed
-Within 2 months of project completion - Final report submitted
-Annually for up to 5 years - Brief post project updates

For more information:

National Occupational Research Agenda:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications as a single pdf document to:

Address: 420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-625-8836

Programmatic Questions:
Dr. Peter C. Raynor
Phone: 612-625-7135
Fax: 612-626-4837

Budget and Biosketch Questions:
Debb Grove
Phone: 612-626-4803
Fax: 612-626-4837
E mail:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota;   North Dakota;   South Dakota;   Wisconsin