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.

News and Notices

National Farm Safety and Health Week September 19–25
NIOSH joins the Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health (Ag Centers) in recognizing National Farm Safety and Health Weekexternal icon (NFSHW) as a time to highlight the importance of working together to prevent injuries and illnesses among agricultural workers. The agriculture industry is consistently at the highest risk of work-related injuries and fatalities, with harvest season being particularly hazardous. This year’s events will focus on tractor and rural roadway safety, overall farmer health, young workers, fertilizer and chemical safety, and women in agriculture. The 2021 theme for NFSHW is “Farm Safety Yields Real Results”.


Extramural Grantee Spotlight (August 2021)
Check out the following information in the August issue of NIOSH eNews related to extramural research and training grantees:
Universities Can Facilitate Collaboration to Address Precarious Work
Study Links Home Care Aides’ Safety and Health to Delivery of Home Care Services
New Construction Research Key Findings
Data Needed on Exposures in Construction
New Publication From the Center for Health, Work & Environment
New Tools to Help Keep Workers Safe in the Heat


New Webpage for Common Questions and Answers on NIOSH Funding Announcements
OEP has a new webpage where you can see common questions and answers for published NIOSH funding announcements. You can find a list of all NIOSH funding announcements on the OEP website.  NIOSH funding opportunities are also posted on grants.govexternal icon, which is the single access point for over 1,000 grant programs offered by 26 Federal grant-making agencies.


Grantees and the NIOSH 50th
As part of the 50th anniversary, NIOSH grantees are recognizing this milestone by showcasing their partnerships with the institute. Check out the information below which you can also find on the NIOSH 50th webpage.

What’s Work Got to Do With It? New Podcast Features NIOSH Director on NIOSH @50
For the NIOSH 50th anniversary, the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center recently released a podcastexternal icon with NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard, reflecting back on the history of the institute and its important work and accomplishments. This podcast is a part of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center’s (OHWC) What’s Work Got To Do With It?external icon  podcast series, which is geared toward highlighting the ways in which work can affect our overall safety, health, and wellbeing.

Other NIOSH 50th grantee information includes:

Southwest Ag Center Recognizes 25-Year Partnership With NIOSH
Texas Public Health Association Recognizes NIOSH’s Partnership with University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
NIOSH’s 50th Anniversary and Our Impact Through Partnership (Blog from Center for Health, Work & Environment)
Success of a Long-Term Partnership Focused on Workplace Violence (one-pager from University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center)


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 Extramural Funding Distribution FY2019

2019 Pie Chart

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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%
Multidisciplinary Centers $59,354,207 36 62.5%
Cooperative Research Agreements $9,348,320 32 9.9%
Total FY19 $94,896,043 167 100%
Total from “FY19 Summary Table” $94,896,043 167
Delta $0 0
NIOSH Surveillance and Extramural Programs by HHS Region

OEP US Map by HHS Regions

Summary of all awards by type of funding in FY2019
Award Summary
Award Category Award Mechanism Number of Awards Funding
Multidisciplinary Centers 36 $59,354,207
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
Page last reviewed: August 12, 2020