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NIOSH Announces Results of FY2011 Intramural Research Competition

NIOSH Update:

Contact: Fred Blosser, (202) 245-0645
August 2, 2010

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) today announced that 14 NIOSH intramural research projects will be funded in Fiscal Year 2011 under the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). These proposals support moving research into practice, focusing on priority needs in the NORA sectors. The selected projects will be conducted internally by NIOSH. They were chosen competitively from a larger array of internal projects for which NIOSH researchers applied for NORA funding. The final selections were made following peer review by experts from outside NIOSH, based on scientific and technical merit. The approved projects are expected to make substantial contributions to workplace safety and health. They focus on research addressing high-priority needs, as determined by injury and illness surveillance information and the National Sector Agendas developed by the NORA Sector Councils. The projects will add to the scientific knowledge necessary for better identifying, understanding, and controlling hazards in a wide range of industries, including construction, healthcare, manufacturing, mining, public safety, transportation, and wholesale and retail trade.

"As new industries and technologies emerge, as traditional industries evolve to meet the demands of the 21st Century, and as the workforce becomes increasingly diverse, we and our partners face an increasingly broad and increasingly complex array of research challenges,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. "The fundamental value of NORA in helping us to set priorities and advance results-driven research is apparent in these 14 intramural projects that will be funded under NORA next year.”

All project proposals were received by March 1, 2010, as a result of a July 6, 2009, solicitation. Thirty-one project proposals were peer reviewed by experts in three panels. The NORA Secondary Review Committee reviewed the external peer review results, input from NIOSH laboratories and divisions and from NIOSH program leaders, and made funding recommendations based on this information.

The list of approved projects follows. For further information about NIOSH research and recommendations for preventing work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths, visit the NIOSH Web site at Further information about NORA is available at

Partnering to Control Dust from Fiber-Cement SidingConstructionLaboratory and field study
Welding Process Conditions Affect Fume Emission ProfileConstruction; ManufacturingLaboratory study
An Efficacy Study of HEPA Filtration for Hazardous DrugsHealthcare and Social AssistanceLaboratory and field study
Factors influencing PPE efficacy against cough aerosolsHealthcare and Social AssistanceLaboratory study
Research to Inform the Prevention of Asthma in Health CareHealthcare and Social AssistanceEpidemiologic study
Advanced Techniques in Occupational Biomechanics of the HandManufacturingLaboratory and computational study
Field Attenuation Measurement for Hearing Protection DevicesManufacturingLaboratory study and technology transfer
Health Assessment of Exposure to Biodiesel AerosolsMining; Construction; Transportation, Ware-housing and UtilitiesLaboratory study
Preventing Fires and Explosions in Oil and Gas ExtractionOil and Gas ExtractionEpidemiologic study
Stressors and Heart Rate Variability in Police OfficersPublic SafetyEpidemiologic study
Assessment Technology and Intervention for Package DriversTransportation, Warehousing and UtilitiesTechnology development and field exposure assessment
Evaluating the Effectiveness of OSH Program ElementsWholesale and Retail TradeIntervention effectiveness study
Evaluation of Ordinances to Prevent Workplace Violence in Convenience StoresWholesale and Retail TradeIntervention effectiveness study
NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods Information DisseminationAll WorkersDissemination of exposure assessment methods

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