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Inputs: Partnerships

Partnerships are integral to the NIOSH RDRP cross sector. Input from customers and stakeholder groups, which have inherent knowledge and concern about respiratory safety and health of workers, 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.

NIOSH is currently partnering with many organizations representing industry, labor, academia, government, and others to advance safety and health research in the RDRP. While there are too many partners to list here, we are providing a listing of some current partners. We invite partnerships in advancing the NIOSH research that will lead to reductions in occupational illnesses and injuries in the RDRP sector.

The NIOSH RDRP collaborates and works closely with a broad spectrum of constituents representing RDRP. Our stakeholders and customers represent industry, labor, academia, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and professional organizations both domestic and international. 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 of RDRP.

For information about partnering with the NIOSH RDRP, contact the Respiratory Diseases Research Program manager and/or coordinators . For general information about partnerships with NIOSH, contact the NIOSH Office of Research and Technology Transfer .

Examples of partners include the following:

Nongovernmental - Academic / Professional Organizations

  • American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Elk Grove Village, Illinois
  • American College of Radiology, Reston, Virginia
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association, Fairfax, Virginia
  • American Lung Association, New York, New York
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Atlanta, Georgia
  • American Thoracic Society, New York, New York


  • Brush-Wellman Inc., Elmore, Ohio
  • General Motors, Detroit, Michigan
  • International Business Machines, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, California
  • Osram Sylvania, Danvers, Massachusetts


  • Center to Protect Workers' Rights, Washington, DC
  • United Auto Workers International, Detroit, Michigan
  • United Mine Workers of America, Fairfax, Virginia


  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (elements other than NIOSH), Atlanta, Georgia
  • Department of Commerce, Washington, DC
  • Department of Defense, Washington, DC
  • Department of Energy, Washington, DC
  • Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC
  • Department of Interior, Washington, DC
  • Department of Labor, Washington, DC
  • Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
  • Food and Drug Administration, Washington, DC
  • National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland


  • Chilean Institute of Public Health, Santiago, Chile
  • European Respiratory Society, Sheffield, England
  • International Labour Office, Geneva, Switzerland
  • International Tungsten Industry Association, Brussels, Belgium
  • National Thoracic Institute, Santiago, Chile
  • World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland