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Projects in Mining Safety and Health Research - (AFC820)

Grants to USA Nonprofits and IHEs for Research
to Improve Miner Health and Safety

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Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health

Deadline Date:

03/08/19 5:00 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA nonprofits and qualified IHEs for research to improve the safety and health of miners in all types of mining operations. Funding is intended for innovative projects specifically in health and safety interventions; safety and health management and training; mine escape, rescue, and training; and injury and disease exposure and risk factors.

The Alpha Foundation is seeking to award research addressing the root causes of disease, injuries, and fatalities in the mining industry and achieve successful implementation of practical solutions derived from the research effort.

The Foundation is committed to fund projects that explore innovative ideas and concepts, complement existing research efforts and address knowledge or technology gaps in mine safety and health. To this end, cooperative research efforts with mining entities, stakeholder groups and state and federal institutions are encouraged. The Foundation plan is a balanced approach, incorporating a blend of engineering and health science with behavioral science and training, needed to solve mining safety and health problems.

The Foundation is now seeking proposals that address any of the topics and priority areas that have been identified. These are:

1. Health and Safety Interventions
a. Dust and Toxic Substance Control: Prevention of health risks due to generation of dust or other toxic substances.
b. Ground Control: Prevention of unstable ground conditions that result in collapses, ventilation disruption, and miner entrapment; roof and rib falls; and injuries due to insufficient support coverage.
c. Fire and Explosion Prevention: Prevention of conditions that cause or contribute to mine explosions and fires and effective intervention measures to extinguish their propagation.
d. Monitoring Systems and Integrated Control Technologies: Recognition and intervention of the escalation of conditions that lead to health and safety risks before they reach hazardous levels.
e. Machine Design and Ergonomics: Prevention of injuries related to mining machinery or equipment operation, movement, handling, or repair.
f. Personal Protective Equipment: Prevention of injury and disease by application of PPE or environmentally-controlled spaces.

2. Mine Escape, Rescue, and Training
a. Communications and Tracking: Providing the capability to know where every miner is at all times and to be able to communicate with them during any emergency situation.
b. Training and Decision Making: Making sure that miners are properly trained to recognize the onset of emergency situations and manage decision making to facilitate effective escape.
c. Sheltering and Escape Strategies: Developing escape strategies and technologies to aid in escape including systems that provide for sheltering when escape is not immediately attainable.
d. Rescue Strategies and Technologies: Developing procedures and technologies to assist in managing incident command and rescue operations during and following a mine emergency.

3. Safety and Health Management and Training
a. Safety and Health Management: Provide a health and safety culture that enables transparent risk identification and communication at the most fundamental level and proactive intervention measures before and beyond mandatory regulatory compliance.
b. Training: Provide miners with the necessary skills to properly assess the onset of hazardous conditions at the personal level and increase awareness relative to behavioral influences that lead to unnecessary risk taking.

4. Injury and Disease Exposure and Risk Factors
a. Musculoskeletal Disorders: Characterization of risk factors and implementation and evaluation of engineering changes or other modifications in job design or work practices to reduce these risks.
b. Cardiovascular disease: Study exposures to particulates, chemicals, and work‐related stress that are unique to mining and contribute to cardiovascular disease and develop prevention measures to mitigate them.
c. Respiratory Disease: Understand the reasons for elevated occurrence of CWP and other chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including asthma, and silicosis in miners and develop prevention measures to mitigate them.
d. Hearing Loss: Implementation and evaluation of the effectiveness of engineering controls that reduce chronic noise exposure and work to prevent hearing loss.
e. Surveillance and Epidemiology Methods: Develop systems to improve gathering, preserving, and analyzing essential mining information that provides leading indicators of hazards or biomarkers for health and safety effects.

Note that while proposals are especially encouraged in the above areas, the Foundation is always interested in receiving strong proposals that address other compelling mining safety and health needs that are not explicitly listed.

While the Foundation’s funded projects have been carried out by a broad group of researchers to date, the Foundation is always interested in engaging new research teams to expand the effort in addressing these important mining safety and health problems, both from within and outside the traditional mining research community. Therefore, the Foundation is especially encouraging those who have not yet had an Alpha Foundation grant to submit a proposal for this solicitation. This encouragement is not meant to discourage, in any way, those who already have had an Alpha Foundation grant to again submit a proposal. As always, proposals will be evaluated and selected based on the quality of the proposal.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184715

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation is anticipating a median funding per grant of $500,000 but will accept a well justified proposal up to $750,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects should have a maximum duration of 36 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Research project proposals in response to this solicitation will be accepted only from U.S.‐based academic institutions and not‐for‐profit organizations qualifying as exempt from taxation under the Internal Revenue Code.

It is Foundation policy that grant funds may not be used to support clinical trials of unapproved drugs, to construct or renovate facilities, for lobbying, for political activities, or as a substitute for funds currently being used to support similar activities.

Pre-Application Information:

The submission deadline for this solicitation is 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Friday, March 8, 2019.

The proposals will be reviewed and selected grantees notified on or about August 1, 2019.

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Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health, Inc.
P.O. Box 1371
Lenoir City, TN 37771

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