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NIOSH Extramural Research and Training Programs

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The NIOSH Office of Extramural Programs

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Extramural Programs is to lead and support national occupational safety and health research and training programs reduce work-related injuries and illnesses through a diversified portfolio of high quality extramural research, education, and training in collaboration with global partners.

Organization and Staffing of OEP

To facilitate the management of the extramural grant and cooperative agreement portfolios, NIOSH has established the Office of Extramural Programs (OEP). The OEP is under the direction of the Associate Director for Research Integration and Extramural Performance, which reflects the Institute’s commitment to integrating research activities across NIOSH and to performance assessment of extramural research.  OEP is located within the NIOSH Office of the Director. The OEP staff provides leadership to the review and program management activities as outlined below. To contact any of the OEP staff, please click on their name.

Associate Director for Research Integration and Extramural Performance - Sarah A. Felknor, MS, DrPH

Office of Extramural Programs (404)-498-2530

Director of OEP - W. Allen Robison, Ph.D.
Operations Assistant - Regina Emerson
Program Operations Assistant - Geneva Cashaw

Program Analysis/Translation Coordination

Public Health Analyst - Stephanie Shack
Program Assistant - Antwana Phillips
Program Technical Assistant - Stephanie Simmelkjaer

Research and Training Program Administration:

Program Branch Chief - Adele Childress, Ph.D., MSPH
Scientific Program Official - Linda Frederick, Ph.D.
Scientific Program Official - Steve Inserra, MPH, Captain USPHS
Scientific Program Official - Viji Potula, Ph.D.
Scientific Program Official - Travis Kubale, Ph.D.

Scientific Review Administration:

Review Branch Chief - Price Connor, Ph.D.
Scientific Review Official - Joan Karr, Ph.D.
Scientific Review Official - Nina Turner, Ph.D.
Scientific Review Official - George Bockosh, M.S., CTR
Scientific Review Official - Bernadine Kuchinski, Ph.D., CTR
Committee Management Specialist - Joanne Fairbanks
Operations Assistant - Alice Holmes

In conjunction with OEP, the Procurement and Grants Office (PGO) of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) performs the business administration for extramural awards.

Program Portfolio

The purpose of the NIOSH extramural program is to support research and training projects that are focused on the reduction of workplace risk for injury, illness, and death. NIOSH extramural research covers a wide range of program areas. To better coordinate the research activities in OEP, the extramural research portfolio is organized into priority areas in occupational safety and health. These research priorities are derived from the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), a stakeholder driven research agenda designed to address the most pressing needs in workplace health and safety in the United States. Researchers are asked to identify the priority areas their projects address. Collectively, these research projects address a myriad of complex issues and further the state of art and knowledge related to the causes and conditions of occupational injury, illness, and mortality.

The NIOSH extramural portfolios are are organized into focused areas of interest. Contact information is provided for the Scientific Program Official responsible for each area. Additional information about these program areas may be found on the NIOSH Program Portfolio website.

View information on current NIOSH funding opportunities

Research Program Portfolio Areas

Extramural Program Official

Program Sectors

Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing

Allen Robison

Construction

Steve Inserra

Healthcare & Social Assistance

Linda Frederick

Manufacturing

Linda Frederick

Mining

Viji Potula

Oil and Gas

Viji Potula

Public Safety

Steve Inserra

Services

Steve Inserra

Wholesale & Retail Trade

Adele Childress

Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities

Viji Potula

Program Cross Sectors

Authoritative Recommendations

Allen Robison

Cancer, Reproductive & Cardiovascular Health

Adele Childress

Communications & Information Dissemination

Allen Robison

Economics

Adele Childress

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Steve Inserra

Engineering Controls

Linda Frederick

Exposure Assessment

Viji Potula

Global Collaborations

Viji Potula

Health Hazard Evaluations

Linda Frederick

Hearing Loss Prevention

Steve Inserra

Immune and Dermal

Linda Frederick

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Linda Frederick

Nanotechnology

Viji Potula

Occupational Health Disparities

Steve Inserra

Personal Protective Technology

Viji Potula

Prevention Through Design

Linda Frederick

Radiation Dose Evaluation

Steve Inserra

Respiratory Diseases

Steve Inserra

Small Business Assistance and Outreach

Viji Potula

Surveillance

Steve Inserra

Total Worker Health (formerly WorkLife)

Adele Childress

Training Grants

Allen Robison

Traumatic Injury

Linda Frederick

Work Organization & Stress-Related Disorders

Viji Potula

 

 
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