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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 increase research opportunities in the field of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) for young investigators, or experienced investigators proposing innovative work. To meet regional and national needs for experienced OSH researchers, the Sunshine ERC PPRT funds small research projects with the intent of these projects developing data that will drive future research and OSH interventions. We typically give an estimated ten awards ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 each year. 

The Sunshine ERC is pleased to announce that we will solicit pilot project research training (PPRT) applications in mid-June for funding in the 2020-2021 academic year. The final priorities for this funding period are currently under Sunshine ERC leadership review.

At present (and pending the leadership review), applicants will be encouraged to consider two areas of interest: (1) hospitality and (2) disaster recovery and resilience. In the coming year we will encourage a gap analysis in either of these areas using a Total Worker Health® (TWH®) framework. A goal will be input from a range of disciplines, and an interdisciplinary perspective. The results of these projects will be used to set PPRT priorities for 2021 through 2024

Deadlines

Call for Proposals: TBD Applications Due: TBD Applications Reviewed: TBD Award notification date: TBD Final Report date: TBD



  • How to Apply

    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

    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:

    Kelly Freedman
    (813) 974-7537
    kfreedm1@usf.edu