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
NIOSH Extramural Research and Training Program Annual Report Released
The FY2019 NIOSH Extramural Research and Training Program Annual Report is now available. This document provides information on how NIOSH invested in its multidisciplinary centers, investigator-initiated research projects, and cooperative research agreements. It also reports on NIOSH training project grants, state surveillance programs, small business innovation research and the World Trade Center Health Program’s extramural portfolio of cooperative agreements.
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.
NIOSH and U.S. Coast Guard Announce 2021 Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Research and Training Grants
Six million dollars in funding is now available to support both research on improving the occupational safety of workers in the commercial fishing industry, as well as critical training for this high-risk occupation. The fishing occupational safety research cooperative agreements and training project grants will provide up to 50% of an organization’s costs, ranging from $150–$975 thousand per grant. The research and training grant funding opportunities are listed as RFA-OH-20-002external icon and RFA-OH-20-003external icon, respectively. The deadline to apply for both grants is January 21, 2021.
Funding Available for Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health®
NIOSH recently published the funding announcementexternal icon for the Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health (TWH). These Centers aim to advance the overall safety, health, and well-being of workers in our nation through multidisciplinary research, intervention and outreach focused on concepts of TWH. This funding announcement is the first time CDC/NIOSH has incorporated use of the National Institutes of Health Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST) for preparing and submitting complex, multi-component research applications electronically. The deadline to apply for this grant is February 3, 2021. The deadline to apply for this grant is February 3, 2021. Click here for more details and also review these frequently asked questions and answers (Q&A) related to the funding announcement.
Priority Goals for Extramural Research FY19-FY23
Priority goals for extramural research have been added for the area of Total Worker Health® under Strategic Goal 7. NIOSH identified priority goals for extramural research for the five-year period of fiscal year 2019 (FY 19) to fiscal year (FY 23).
|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|