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

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Computer Model Predicts Wear on Shoes

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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News and Notices

NIOSH Extramural Research and Training Program FY2018 Report Published

The FY2018 NIOSH Extramural Research and Training Program Annual Reportpdf iconis now available. This report 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, small business innovation research, and global health initiatives.

Funding Available to Study Use of Robotics in the Workplace

NIOSH, in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and others, announced funding available to study workplace use of collaborative robots (co-robots). The December 2, announcement calls for proposals for the National Robotics Initiative 2.0 (NRI 2.0). NIOSH seeks fundamental and applied research on co-robots for reducing workplace risk exposures, research to identify potential risks of co-robots to workers, and research to evaluate different control strategies. The proposal submission window is February 12-26, 2020. You must submit your application by February 26 at 5:00 p.m. in your local time.

Applicants may submit their proposals via the FastLaneexternal icon, Research.govexternal icon, or Grants.gov.external icon websites, as stated in the funding announcement. More information is available on the NSF websiteexternal icon.

NIOSH and the U.S. Coast Guard Announce 2020 Commercial Fishing 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 safety research and training grants will provide up to 50% of an organization’s costs, ranging from $150–$650 thousand per grant over a two-year funding period. In 2019, nine research and training projects were awarded $5.25 million in funding. 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, 2020.

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.

NIOSH Extramural Funding Distribution FY2018

NIOSH Extramural Funding Distribution

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Grant Type Total Awarded n Percent of total
Research and Career Development Grants $16,575,147 48 18%
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) $1,841,700 5 2%
Specialty Training Programs $5,470,466 29 6%
Multidisciplinary Centers $59,107,157 36 64%
Cooperative Research Agreements $9,157,411 33 10%
Total FY18 $92,151,881 151 100%
Total from “FY18 Summary Table $92,151,881 151 100%
NIOSH Extramural Awards by Activity FY2018

NIOSH Extramural Awards by Activity Bar chart

Award Category Number of Awards
Small Business Innovation Research 5
Specialty Training Programs 29
Cooperative Research Agreements 33
Research & Career Development Grants 48
Multidisciplinary Centers 36

Summary of all awards by type of funding in FY2018
Summary of all awards by type of funding in FY2017
Award Category Award Mechanism Number of Awards Funding
Multidisciplinary Centers 36 $59,107,157
Education and Research Centers Training Grant (T42) 18 $28,400,861
Agriculture Safety and Health Centers Cooperative Research Agreement (U54) 11 $18,611,221
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 48 $16,575,147
Research Grants Investigator-initiated (R01, R03, R21,R13, U13) 43 $16,041,598
Career Developmental Research Mentored Career Scientist (K01) 5 $533,549
Summary of all awards by type of funding in FY2017
Award Category Award Mechanism Number of Awards Funding
Other Research (Cooperative Agreements) 33 $9,157,411
Surveillance Cooperative Research Agreement (U60) 26 $6,802,162
Workers Compensation Surveillance Cooperative Research Agreement (U60) 3 $598,612
Agricultural, Forestry & Fishing Safety & Health Cooperative Research Agreement (U01) 2 $449,999
Mesothelioma Tissue Bank Cooperative Research Agreement (U24) 1 $1,081,638
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 29 $5,470,466
Training Project Grants T01 and T03 27 $4,502,466
Miner Safety and Health Training Program Cooperative Research Agreement (U60) 2 $968,000
Summary of all awards by type of funding in FY2017
Award Category Award Mechanism Number of Awards Funding
Small Business Innovation Research 5 $1,841,700
Small Business Innovation Research Phase I (R43) & Phase II (R44) 5 $1,841,700

Page last reviewed: May 30, 2018