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NIOSH Pilot Research Projects

The NIOSH funded Sunshine Education and Research Center at the University of South Florida provides grant funding to support pilot research projects in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health each year.

The Pilot Project Research Training (PPRT) grant program is designed to promote partnerships with other institutions and groups in Florida and the Southeast region and to encourage research in occupational safety and health areas that are important to the region. PPRT programs are intended to support projects relevant to the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) that explore and develop new and creative prevention, intervention and translation projects. The Pilot Research Project Grant program is intended to act as seed money for preliminary studies in support of larger research grant applications. We typically give an estimated ten awards ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 each year. This year we are in a renewal period so the amount of funding available will be determined by and contingent upon renewal.

The goals of the Sunshine ERC PPRT are to:

  1. Increase research opportunities in the field of occupational safety and health for young investigators,
  2. Encourage mentoring to doctoral students and junior faculty
  3. Encourage Training Project Grants and other OS&H-related university programs in the region to apply for PPRT funds,
  4. Provide an opportunity for trainees and faculty to research new and unexplored areas, and
  5. Provide initial funding for OS&H related research projects that will result in scientific publications, presentations or further grant applications

The process steps for the PPRT Program are to:

  1. Announce the availability of PPRT funds.
  2. Encourage applications from doctoral trainees, junior faculty, extramural faculty, and/or new faculty investigators pursuing research in one of the selected topic areas. 
  3. Evaluate applications based the PPRT goals and regarding the possibility of completing doctoral research or further funding based on the results of the initial pilot study.
  4. Select awards based on rank order the applications for funding priority and program review
  5. Award fixed cost contracts with the instructions that awardees will report products (e.g., presentations, papers, grant applications, awards) for at least three years after the conclusion of the project

All applications are reviewed by a scientific review committee who independently score the applications on a PPRT score card.  Each grant is a one-time award and a final report must be submitted to the Sunshine ERC by July 30 at the end of the awarded year. The report will describe the project results and a plan for submitting a grant application, papers and presentations, and other future research. The awardees should plan to present the results of their research the year after their award, at the Southeast Regional Research Symposium held each spring. In addition, the awardee or sponsoring faculty in the case of student awardees are expected to submit a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal.

Priority Research Topics

Research topics for those applying for the grant will change each year and will be based on specific focused and timely topics. They will be announced by mid April and will follow the emerging issues to be set for the SouthOn Annual Meeting and the Southeast Regional Research Symposium. Most of the PPRT funds will be reserved for the special topic areas and the remainder will be available for unsolicited topic areas in occupational safety and health.

Deadlines

Call for Proposals: April 2019
Applications Due:
June 30, 2019
Applications Reviewed:
July 2019
Award notification date:
August 2019
Final Report date:
July 2020



  • How to Apply

    Applications can be emailed or mailed to the attention of:

    Kelly Freedman
    University of South Florida
    Sunshine Education and Research Center
    College of Public Health
    13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.,MDC 56
    Tampa, FL 33612
    Kfreedm1@health.usf.edu
    813-974-7537

    Please follow the guidelines below.

    Pilot Project Research Training Grant Guidelines

    Electronic copies of the forms and application materials are posted below:

    1. Applications that do not follow the instructions or complete the forms correctly will not be accepted. Incomplete or late applications will also be rejected.
    2. General Guidelines: PI name and title of the project must be at the top of each page.  Font size must be 11 point Arial or larger.  Margins must be ½ inch or greater.
    3. Face Page: Fill in each box on the application face page.  If you are a doctoral student or a medical resident, then you must have a faculty sponsor sign the grant application. For USF faculty and students who are applying for grant funding, the administrative official signing for your organization will be your department chair.  For non-USF individuals applying for funding, the administrative official would be who ever signs grant applications before they are mailed from your organization.
    4. Abstract: An abstract should be a succinct synopsis that communicates the purpose, goals and objectives of the project.  This should be limited to one page.
    5. Detailed Budget: Fill in all boxes on the budget form.  The budget justification guidelines included in the template provide specific information. Please note that these will all be awarded as fixed price contracts rather than cost reimbursable contracts.
    6. Budget Justification: A specific set of instructions in the budget justification template is provided for the budget justification.  Be detailed in your budget justification.  Attach additional pages as necessary.
    7. Biosketch: Follow the instructions and the form as presented in this link: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms/biosketch.htm 
    8. The Research Plan: A specific set of instructions is provided for the research plan template.  Please follow these instructions closely.
    9. Protection of Human/Animal Subjects Approval:  Funds will not be released to the awardee until written documentation of IRB action (either approving the project or exempting the project) has been received.  An approval letter and/or the OF310 form are acceptable means of demonstrating approval.  It is essential that the title of the project and name of PI of the PPRT application and the IRB approval match.  Similarly, for animal subjects the title of the project and name of PI of the PPRT application and the IACUC approval match.

    Additional Instructions for Application

    Download Templates

    If you have any questions about the application process or the PPRT grants, please contact Dr. Yehia Hammad (813)974-9725 or by e-mail at yhammad@health.usf.edu.

    Thank you for your interest.

  • Publications

    Publications from Pilot Project Research Training Grants

    • Mackey, J. D., & Perrewé, P. L. (in press). The relationships between hindrance stressors, problem drinking, and somatic complaints at work. Group & Organization Management. doi: 10.1177/1059601117733900    
    • Mackey, J. D., McAllister, C. P., Brees, J. R., Huang, L., & Carson, J. E. (in press). Perceived organizational obstruction: A mediator that addresses source-target misalignment between abusive supervision and OCBs. Journal of Organizational Behavior. doi: 10.1002/job.2293
    • Sawhney, G., Sinclair, R. R., Cox, A. R., Munc, A., & Sliter, M. T. (in press). One climate or many: Examining the structural distinctiveness of safety, health, and stress prevention climate measures. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
    • C.D. Ashley, R.M. Lopez, X.P. Garzon-Villalba, and T.E. Bernard  (submitted) Thermal exposure limit for mine refuge alternatives: A descriptive study., Metallurgy & Exploration.
    • Martinko, M.J., Mackey, J.D., Harvey, P., Moss, S.E., McAllister, C.P., & Brees, J.R. (2018). An exploration of the role of subordinate affect in leader evaluations. Journal of Applied Psychology, 103(7), 738-752.
    • McAllister, C.P., & Perrewé, P.L. (In press). About to burst: How state self-regulation affects the enactment of bullying behaviors. Journal of Business Ethics.
    • McAllister, C.P., Mackey, J.D., & Perrewé, P.L. (2018). The role of self-regulation in the relationship between abusive supervision and job tension. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 39(4): 416-428.
    • Martinko, M.J., Mackey, J.D., Harvey, P., Moss, S.E., McAllister, C.P., & Brees, J.R. (2018). An exploration of the role of subordinate affect in leader evaluations. Journal of Applied Psychology, 103(7), 738-752.    McAllister, C.P., & Perrewé, P.L. (In press). About to burst: How state self-regulation affects the enactment of bullying behaviors. Journal of Business Ethics.  
    • McAllister, C.P., Mackey, J.D., & Perrewé, P.L. (2018). The role of self-regulation in the relationship between abusive supervision and job tension. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 39(4): 416-428.
    • Huangfu, R., Gallagher, S., Sesek, R., Schall, M., & Davis, G. (2018, August). Evaluating the Effectiveness of Estimating Cumulative Loading Using Linear Integration Method. In Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (pp. 283-288). Springer, Cham.
    • Garnett, Richard F., Davis, Gerard A., Richard F. Sesek, Sean Gallagher, Mark C. Schall Jr., Rong Huangfu Evaluating the OSHA hand speed constant for stamping press applications. Safety Science 107 (2018) 1–8

    Other Grants PPRT Awardees Received to Further Their Research

    • Melissa Mitchell received doctoral award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for $60,000 ($20,000 x 3 years) to study her topic: Grandchild Caregiving and Health: A Survey of Grandparents and Their Adult Children.
    • Charn McAllister received the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Dissertation Grant to continue studies on: Self-Regulation and the Enactment of Bullying Behaviors.
    • Seulki Jang was awarded the APA Dissertation Research Award ($1,000) to further her research on: A Latent Profile Analysis of Benefactor and Beneficiary Organizational Citizenship Behaviors toward Individuals.

  • Contact

    For further information contact:

    Yehia Hammad
    (813) 974-6625
    yhammad@health.usf.edu

    Kelly Freedman
    (813) 974-7537
    Kfreedm1@health.usf.edu