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Mining Program Goals

A key leadership role  for the Mining program is the development of goals for mining research. The Mining is in the process of developing goals to guide NIOSH research and partnership efforts over the next decade.

NIOSH Program Portfolio Approach

NIOSH organizes its research, guidance, information, and service efforts into specific programs that can be readily communicated and strategically governed and evaluated. Ten sector programs represent industrial sectors, and seven Cross-sector Programs are organized around health and safety outcomes. There are also numerous core and specialty Programs that represent special emphasis areas, methodological approaches, core activities and legislatively mandated programs.

The Sector Programs intersect with Cross-Sector Programs in a matrix-like fashion, with relevant Core and Specialty Programs playing a supporting role. For example, an Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Program goal of reducing farm-related deaths and injuries due to tractor rollovers and trucks would likely be a shared goal with the Traumatic Injury Prevention Program and if appropriate would be adopted by both programs. This approach provides an added advantage and will allow multiple Programs to work towards accomplishment of intersecting NIOSH goals.

Below are the current goals for the Nation developed during the second decade of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA).

The strategic goals of the Mining Program are:

  • Strategic Goal 1:Reduce mine workers’ risk of occupational illness
  • Strategic Goal 2: Reduce mine workers’ risk of traumatic injuries and fatalities
  • Strategic Goal 3: Reduce the risk of mine disasters and improve survivability of mine workers.

Mining Priority Strategic Goals for NIOSH-Funded Extramural Research

The NIOSH Mining Program selected the following strategic goal as particularly suited for extramural research during fiscal year 2017:

  • Strategic Goal 1:Reduce mine workers’ risk of occupational illness
  • Strategic Goal 2: Reduce mine workers’ risk of traumatic injuries and fatalities
  • Strategic Goal 3: Reduce the risk of mine disasters and improve survivability of mine workers.

Those seeking NIOSH grants to conduct studies related to the Mining Program are invited to view the current funding opportunities.


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