Definitions of NIOSH Research Types

  • Basic/etiologic: Builds a foundation of scientific knowledge to base future interventions. Most laboratory research falls into this category, as well as exposure assessment.
  • Intervention: Engages in the development, testing, or evaluation of a solution to an occupational safety and health problem or the improvement of an existing intervention. Intervention is a broad term that includes engineering controls, personal protective equipment, training, and fact sheets, and other written materials intended to inform and change behavior, among other occupational safety and health solutions.
  • Translation: Discovers strategies to translate research findings and theoretical knowledge to practices or technologies in the workplace. This type of research seeks to understand why available, effective, evidence-based interventions are not being adopted.
  • Surveillance: Develops new surveillance methods, tools, and analytical techniques.
NIOSH Sector and Cross-Sector Programs

Sector Programs


Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing AFF
Construction CON
Healthcare and Social Assistance HSA
Manufacturing MNF
Mining MIN
Oil and Gas Extraction OGE
Public Safety PSS
Services SRV
Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities TWU
Wholesale and Retail Trade WRT

Cross-Sector Programs

Cancer, Reproductive, Cardiovascular  and Other Chronic Disease Prevention CRC
Hearing Loss Prevention HLP
Immune, Infectious and Dermal Disease Prevention IID
Musculoskeletal Health MUS
Respiratory Health RHP
Traumatic Injury Prevention TIP
Healthy Work Design and Well-being HWD



Page last reviewed: March 28, 2018