Prevention through Design Program

Program Goals

A key leadership role for the Prevention through Design program is the development of goals for Prevention through Design. The Prevention through Design program is in the process of developing goals to guide NIOSH research and partnership efforts over the next decade.

NIOSH Program Portfolio Approach

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The Prevention through Design (PtD) program seeks to “design-out” a variety of hazards across industries. To do this work, the program intersects with several sector and cross-sector programs within the NIOSH Program Portfolio. Ten sector programs represent industrial sectors, and seven cross-sector programs are organized around health and safety outcomes. PtD is one of numerous core and specialty programs that represent core activities, mandates, special emphasis areas, and methodological approaches. The sector programs intersect with cross-sector programs in a matrix-like fashion, with relevant core and specialty programs playing a supporting role

This approach allows multiple programs to work towards accomplishing the shared research goals in the NIOSH Strategic Plan. The PtD Program contributes to goals on:


Those seeking NIOSH grants to conduct studies related to Prevention through Design are invited to view the current funding opportunities.

Page last reviewed: September 17, 2019