FY 2020 Extramural Research Program Highlights: Investigator-Initiated Research

Investigator-Initiated Research

The NIOSH extramural research program supports relevant, high-quality scientific investigations that help reduce work-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. These awards include funding for large projects (R01) as well as small projects (R03) and exploratory research grants (R21).

You can also find the information on this page in the NIOSH Extramural Research and Training Program: Annual Report of Fiscal Year 2020.

Research Grants

The R01 funding opportunity focuses on developing an understanding of the risks and conditions associated with job-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. These projects also explore methods to reduce risks and prevent or lessen exposure to hazardous workplace conditions. The R03 funding mechanism supports research projects that can be completed in 2 years with limited resources, including pilot and feasibility studies, secondary analysis of existing data, and small, self-contained research projects. The R21 mechanism encourages research to explore novel scientific ideas or develop new techniques, methods, model systems, tools, or other applications with the potential for significant impact on work-related safety and health.

The extramural research portfolio also includes mentored research scientist development (K01) awards that offer postdoctoral training for the next generation of occupational safety and health scientists. These highly competitive K01 awards give up to 3 years of funding and a scientific research focus designed to develop the skills and productivity of new research scientists as they transition between postdoctoral training and independent research careers.

NIOSH awards conference and scientific meeting grants under two research grant mechanisms: R13 and U13. Both grants support high quality, scientific conferences and meetings relevant to the safety and health of workers, including symposia, seminars, and workshops.