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Inputs: Partnerships & Stakeholders


Partnerships are integral to the NIOSH MSD Health and Safety Cross-Sector Program. Input from customers and stakeholder groups, which have inherent knowledge and concern about the safety and health of workers in this topic area, helps in setting research priorities. Collaborative research with our partners may include in-kind contributions that help to leverage NIOSH research dollars. Partners also add expertise or specialized experience to the research team, which benefits the research, analysis, interpretation, and communication of the results.

For example, in 2015, NIOSH MSD-related intramural research projects involved partnerships with the following organizations:

  • University of Connecticut
  • West Virginia University
  • Cal OSHA
  • National Center for Health Statistics
  • Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • U.S. Veterans Health Administration
  • American Airlines
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
  • American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
  • Bariatric Centers of Excellence
  • National Council on Compensation Insurance
  • Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA)
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK)
  • Vaculex USA
  • Concordia University, Canada
  • National Taiwan Chin Hua University
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health – Japan
  • University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan

Stakeholders and Customers

The NIOSH Musculoskeletal Disorders Health and Safety Cross-Sector Program collaborates and works closely with a broad spectrum of stakeholders. These organizations may be research partners, as described in the previous section. They may also be users of our technology and scientific findings, peer reviewers, recipients of research grants and contracts, or sources of equipment, technology, or knowledge for advancing research in musculoskeletal disorders.

For information about partnering with the NIOSH Musculoskeletal Disorders Health and Safety Cross-Sector Program, contact the Musculoskeletal Disorders Program Coordinator . For general information about partnerships with NIOSH, contact the NIOSH Office of Research and Technology Transfer .


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