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

Funding Announcement Published for State Surveillance Program
NIOSH recently published the funding announcementexternal icon for the State Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance Program. The deadline to apply for this cooperative agreement is December 16, 2020. For more details on this and other NIOSH-funded cooperative agreements, click here.


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).


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