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 and state surveillance programs 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, extramural research impact examples, 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 Registryexternal icon, research projects, and outreach activities.
Please see a list of all currently funded grant awards and funding opportunities for current grant opportunities at NIOSH. Additionally, check out the priority goals for extramural research, which individuals are encouraged to consider when applying for grants.
Research Impact Stories
A computer model helped predict the impact of shoe tread on friction.
A rating system helped predict which solutions construction workers would use to prevent musculoskeletal disorders.
NIOSH-funded study finds need for mental health support among airline pilots.
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.
A NIOSH-funded study is working to improve sleep quality for long-haul truck drivers.
Click here to view all extramural research impact stories
Applications Being Accepted for Commercial Fishing Safety Research and Training Grants
Three million dollars in funding is now available through a partnership between NIOSH and the U.S. Coast Guard to support both research on improving the occupational safety of workers in the commercial fishing industry and critical training for this occupation. These fishing safety research cooperative agreements (RFA-OH-20-002external icon) and training project grants (RFA-OH-20-003external icon) will provide 75% of an organization’s costs with a maximum of $975 thousand per grant over a three-year period in 2022. You can find the latest information on this funding by reviewing the following receipt date notices: New Receipt Date and Change in Cost Match Requirement for Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Research Cooperative Agreement (U01)external icon and New Receipt Date and Change in Cost Match Requirement for Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Training Project Grants (T03)external icon. The deadline to apply is August 27, 2021.
New Webpage for Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Research and Training Program
Check out our new webpage where you can learn more about commercial fishing research cooperative agreements and training project grants, supported by NIOSH and the U.S. Coast Guard. This funding is awarded to qualified individuals in academia, members of non-profit organizations, municipalities, and businesses involved in the U.S. commercial fishing industry. The Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Research and Training Program supports fishing safety research and targeted, regionally appropriate training for U.S. commercial fishermen.
Extramural Grantee Spotlight (June 2021)
Check out the following information in the June issue of NIOSH eNews related to extramural research and training grantees:
Weather Is Factor in Pesticide Drift and Related Illness in Agriculture
New Study Focuses on Personal and Work Factors and Risk for Neck Pain
Latest News From the Center for Health, Work & Environment
New Opioid Awareness Trainings for Employers and Employees
Connecticut Improves Recovery Friendly Workplace Toolkit
Washington State’s TIRES Program Ends After Over 15 Years
NIOSH Disaster Science Responder Research Program COVID-19 Research Agenda (2021-113) Published
NIOSH recently developed a COVID-19 research agenda to address occupational health research gaps in the context of the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and response. This research agenda provides a high-level framework for planning and prioritizing COVID-19 research recommended, conducted, or supported by NIOSH. You can find this document posted on the Disaster Science Responder Research (DSRR) website. There you will also see NIOSH DSRR strategic goals, critical topic areas, and links to other resources.
We hope that researchers find this information helpful as they develop NIOSH research applications. Please direct any questions about the research agenda to the contacts listed on the DSRR website or to Dr. Elizabeth Maples in the Office of Extramural Programs.
Selecting Priority Goals for NIOSH-Funded Research
Guidance is now available on how to select NIOSH priority goals for research. This new tool is intended for NIOSH intramural (internal) researchers, as well as extramural (grant-funded) researchers who are encouraged to select priority goals for extramural research when applying for grants. For more information, see Select Goals.
|Grant Type||Total Awarded||n||Percent of total|
|Research & Career Development Grants||$17,185,978||57||18.1%|
|Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)||$1,852,965||7||2.0%|
|Specialty Training Programs||$7,154,573||35||7.5%|
|Cooperative Research Agreements||$9,348,320||32||9.9%|
|Total from “FY19 Summary Table”||$94,896,043||167|
|Award Category||Award Mechanism||Number of Awards||Funding|
|Education and Research Centers||Training Grant (T42)||18||$28,380,942|
|Agriculture Safety and Health Centers||Cooperative Research Agreement (U54)||11||$18,739,554|
|National Center for Construction Research & Training||Cooperative Research Agreement (U60)||1||$5,750,000|
|Centers of Excellence to Promote a Healthier Workforce||Cooperative Research Agreement (U19)||6||$6,483,711|
|Investigator-initiated Research Grants||57||$17,185,978|
|Research Grants||Investigator-initiated (R01, R03, R21,R13, U13)||47||$16,114,847|
|Career Developmental Research||Mentored Career Scientist (K01)||10||$1,071,131|
|Other Research (Cooperative Agreements)||32||$9,348,320|
|Surveillance||Cooperative Research Agreement (U60)||26||$6,816,681|
|Mesothelioma Tissue Bank||Cooperative Research Agreement (U24)||1||$1,081,283|
|Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Research||Cooperative Research Agreement (U01)||4||$1,225,356|
|Occupational Safety & Health Surveillance Collaboration, Education & Translation||Cooperative Research Agreement (U24)||1||$225,000|
|Specialty Training Programs||35||$7,154,573|
|Training Project Grants||T01 and T03||28||$4,786,981|
|Miner Safety and Health Training Program||Cooperative Research Agreement (U60)||2||$968,000|
|Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Training||T03||5||$1,399,592|
|Small Business Innovation Research||7||$1,852,965|
|Small Business Innovation Research||Phase I (R43) & Phase II (R44)||7||$1,852,965|
|Total Extramural Funding||167||$94,896,043|