Extramural Research and Training Programs

The NIOSH extramural research and training programs include diverse portfolios of investigator initiated research, mentored research scientist career development awards, training programs, and small business innovation research projects. Multidisciplinary education and research centers, state surveillance programs, and global occupational health initiatives complement the breadth and depth of extramural research and training at NIOSH.

A description of these portfolios is available along with links to current performance data. Extramural performance data includes a listing of all active awards, extramural funding summary by activity and year, and research funding success rates. A link to the NIH Research Reporting Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) provides access to reports, data and analysis of all NIH research. NIOSH participates in this program and you can search NIOSH funded reports by selecting CDC-NIOSH in the Agency /Institute/Center field on the query page.

The peer review and program management of the NIOSH extramural research and training program portfolios is managed by the scientific program officials in the Office of Extramural Programs (OEP). The OEP also manages the extramural portfolio of cooperative agreements for the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP). This portfolio includes the WTCHP Registry, research projects, and outreach activities. Please see funding opportunities for current grant opportunities at NIOSH.

Research Impact Stories

foot prints

Computer Model Predicts Wear on Shoes

A computer model helped predict the impact of shoe tread on friction.

Man using power tools

Rating System Identifies Solutions to Prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders

A rating system helped predict which solutions construction workers would use to prevent musculoskeletal disorders.


Airline Pilot Survey Highlights Need for Mental Health Support

NIOSH-funded study finds need for mental health support among airline pilots.

CEA instruments

Routine Testing of Hydrogen-sulfide Gas Monitors Critical to Safety

Research shows it is critical to routinely inspect and test low-cost gas monitors, like the one above, before using them during high-risk farm tasks.

man stepping into a truck

New Study Aims for a Better Night’s Sleep for Truck Drivers

A NIOSH-funded study is working to improve sleep quality for long-haul truck drivers.

Research Impact Archive

Click here to view all extramural research impact stories

News and Notices
November 14: Final Installment of 2018 Expanding Research Partnerships Webinar Series

This series continues the learning and discussions on NIOSH research and partnerships from the Expanding Research Partnerships: State of the Science ConferenceExternal.  The 2018 webinar series has featured intramural and extramural research within the NIOSH Program Portfolio.

Please join us on November 14, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET for these exciting presentations on health and safety in construction:

  • “Utilizing Partnerships to Prevent Workplace Musculoskeletal Disorders in Construction Workers Across Age Groups” – Juliann Scholl, PhD, Social Science Researcher, NIOSH
  • “Leadership Skills for Strengthening Job Safety Climate” –  Linda Goldenhar, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation, CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training

You MUST pre-register via this webpage to attend. NIOSH looks forward to continuing the work on expanding research partnerships for the greatest impact in occupational safety and health.

Hear NIOSH Researchers Discuss Their Work on Camera
New videos, entitled “State of the Science Research Highlights,” are now available online. These short vignettes feature NIOSH scientists and extramural researchers discussing the relevance and outcomes of their studies.  For a look at these exciting highlights, click here.

View Priority Goals for Extramural Research FY19-FY23
NIOSH has identified priority goals for extramural research for the five-year period of fiscal year 2019 (FY19) to fiscal year 2023 (FY23). View the priority goals for extramural research.

New Funding Opportunities for Investigator-Initiated Research and Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards
NIOSH recently published the following four new announcements for investigator-initiated research and mentored research scientist development grants: OSH Research Grants (R01)External, Small Research Grants (R03)External, Exploratory/Developmental Grants (R21)External, and Research Mentored Scientist Development (K01)External. Click here for more details.

NIOSH Extramural Funding Distribution FY2017
NIOSH Extramural Funding Distribution FY2017

NIOSH Extramural Awards by Activity FY2017
NIOSH Extramural Grant Success Rates FY2017

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Grant Type Total Awarded n Percent of total
Research and Career Development Grants $15,577,086 45 17%
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) $1,815,720 5 2%
Specialty Training Programs $5,172,179 28 6%
Multidisciplinary Centers $58,727,991 36 64%
Cooperative Research Agreements $10,196,771 37 11%
Total FY17 $91,489,747 151 100%

Overall Success Rates
Award Category Number of Awards
Small Business Innovation Research 5
Specialty Training Programs 28
Cooperative Research Agreements 37
Research & Career Development Grants 45
Multidisciplinary Centers 36

Summary of all awards by type of funding in FY2017
Summary of all awards by type of funding in FY2017
Award Category Award Mechanism Number of Awards Funding
Multidisciplinary Centers 36 $58,727,991
Education and Research Centers Training Grant (T42) 18 $28,351,166
Agriculture Safety and Health Centers Cooperative Research Agreement (U54) 11 $18,281,750
National Construction Center Cooperative Research Agreement (U60) 1 $5,750,000
Centers for a Healthier Workforce Cooperative Research Agreement (U19) 6 $6,345,075
Summary of all awards by type of funding in FY2017
Award Category Award Mechanism Number of Awards Funding
Investigator-initiated Research Grants 45 $15,577,086
Research Grants Investigator-initiated (R01, R03, R21,R13, U13) 38 $14,821,134
Career Developmental Research Mentored Career Scientist (K01) 7 $755,952
Summary of all awards by type of funding in FY2017
Award Category Award Mechanism Number of Awards Funding
Other Research (Cooperative Agreements) 37 $10,196,771
Surveillance Cooperative Research Agreement (U60) 26 $6,797,789
Workers Compensation Surveillance Cooperative Research Agreement (U60) 5 $998,424
Agricultural, Forestry & Fishing Safety & Health Cooperative Research Agreement (U01) 4 $1,099,164
Mesothelioma Tissue Bank Cooperative Research Agreement (U24) 1 $1,076,394
World Health Organization Cooperative Research Agreement (E11) 1 $225,000
Summary of all awards by type of funding in FY2017
Award Category Award Mechanism Number of Awards Funding
Specialty Training Programs 28 $5,172,179
Training Project Grants T01 and T03 26 $4,204,189
Miner Safety and Health Training Program Cooperative Research Agreement (U60) 2 $967,990
Summary of all awards by type of funding in FY2017
Award Category Award Mechanism Number of Awards Funding
Small Business Innovation Research 5 $1,815,720
Small Business Innovation Research Phase II (R44) 5 $1,815,720
Summary of all awards by type of funding in FY2017
Award Category Award Mechanism Number of Awards Funding
Total Extramural Funding 151 $91,489,747

Page last reviewed: May 30, 2018