NIOSH Announces Winners of NORA Intramural Competition


NIOSH Update:

Contact: Christina Bowles (202) 245-0633
October 20, 2008

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) today announced the winners of the Fiscal Year 2009 Intramural National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) competition. Demonstrating a high level of scientific merit and a focus on translating research into practice, awards were given to 17 projects in diverse areas covering some of the many priority needs in each of the NORA sectors.

The selected projects are conducted internally by NIOSH. They were chosen competitively from a larger array of internal projects for which NIOSH researchers applied for NORA funding. The final selections were made following peer review by experts from outside NIOSH.

The approved projects are expected to make substantial contributions to workplace safety and health. Some focus on research addressing the highest priority occupational safety and health issues, as determined by injury and illness surveillance information and the ongoing work of the NORA Sector Councils to draft strategic plans for the nation, such as deaths due to falls, injuries from contact with equipment, and safety issues in emergency vehicle design. Others will develop additional needed surveillance information or will identify and disseminate best practices to improve worker safety and health, such as preventing back injuries and other strains among health care workers from handling patients, and translating NIOSH rest break research into safety and health practice.

“As we advance through the second decade of NORA, this year’s proposals continue to demonstrate our researchers’ abilities in focusing on the priority needs of our stakeholders, working with diverse partners, and meeting high standards of scientific excellence,” said NIOSH Acting Director Christine M. Branche, Ph.D.

All project proposals were received by February 29, 2008, as a result of a June 18, 2007, solicitation. Forty-seven project proposals were peer reviewed by experts in four panels. The NORA Secondary Review Committee reviewed the external peer review results, along with input from NIOSH laboratories and divisions and from NIOSH program leaders, and made funding recommendations based on this information.

The list of approved projects follows. For further information about NIOSH research and recommendations for preventing work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths, visit the NIOSH Web site at Further information about NORA is available at

The list of approved projects follows
Proposal Title Sector Other
Adoption and diffusion of safety improved nail-guns Construction Overcoming barriers
Effectiveness Evaluations of the NIOSH Roof Bracket Assembly Construction Laboratory and field study
Operating Room Personnel Exposure to Chemotherapy Drugs Healthcare and Social Assistance Field study
Best Practices for Bariatric Patient Handling Healthcare and Social Assistance Field study
Direct Reading Devices for Antineoplastic Drug Exposure Healthcare and Social Assistance Laboratory and field studies
Quality Assurance Techniques for Liquid Aerosols Manufacturing Sampling and analytical methods improvement
Nanoparticle properties and mechanisms causing lung fibrosis Manufacturing Laboratory study
Detection of DNA Damage in Workers Exposed to JP-8 Jet Fuel Manufacturing; Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities Laboratory study
Preventing contact injuries to oil and gas extraction workers Mining – Oil and Gas Extraction Subsector Barriers to adoption of automated technologies
Partnering with Industry to Build Safe EMS Work Environments Services Partners include manufacturers
Sizing Firefighters & Fire Apparatus: Safe by Design Services Anthropometric measures for design input
Translating NIOSH Rest Break Research into Practice Services Information dissemination for workers who use computers intensively
Shift Work and Stroke – Use of Animal Models to Identify Critical Factors Services; Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities Laboratory study
Forecasting the Burden of Injuries and Illnesses in Small Business Services; Wholesale and Retail Trade Economic modeling
Development of the NIOSH Pushing and Pulling Equation Wholesale and Retail Trade Practical ergonomic tool
National Health Interview Survey Occupational Health Supplement All Workers Enhance high priority occupational illness and injury data
Industry and Occupation Computerized Coding System All Workers Software development

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