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Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers (T42)

Grant Amounts: The total amount of funds available to be awarded under this program is about $20 million dollars per year.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)/ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites grant applications for Education and Research Centers (ERC) that are focused on occupational safety and health training and research training.

NIOSH is mandated to provide an adequate supply of qualified personnel to carry out the purposes of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the ERCs are one of the principal means for meeting this mandate. ERCs are academic institutions that provide interdisciplinary graduate training and continuing education in the core disciplines of Industrial Hygiene (IH), Occupational Health Nursing (OHN), Occupational Medicine Residency (OMR), Occupational Safety (OS), and other fields closely related to occupational safety and health (OSH). Research and research training are integral components of the ERC concept. Thus, ERC scientists should conduct peer reviewed, investigator-initiated research on issues related to the mission of NIOSH.

The ERCs are multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary awards that address OSH training and research training in a cross cutting and integrated manner, and should result in cross-fertilization among the various disciplines and impact safety and health practice and research. The ERCs are the major part of a network of training grants that help ensure there is an adequate supply of qualified professional occupational safety and health practitioners and researchers. These training programs are intended to provide multi-level practitioner and research training.

The ERCs have a significant role in the research to practice (r2p) initiative of NIOSH. Thus, ERCs are expected to undertake projects that have a focus on the translation of occupational safety and health research products into the practitioner environment. Through their continuing education, outreach, training and research training activities, ERCs are expected to significantly impact the practitioner environment in a measurable way. The ERCs also serve as regional and national resource centers on OSH issues for industry, labor, government, and the public.

In reviewing ERC applications, and in order to encourage new applications, consideration will be given to the training program requirements specified below, as well as the developing nature of proposed programs and the applicants stated ability to produce program graduates who will meet documented occupational safety and health workforce needs. Proposed new ERCs may request up to three years of support under this announcement.

This program may support Masters, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral (OMR only) training. This program will not support academic certificate programs. Grantees are expected to track all program graduates, including placement and progress in their careers.

Information of "HIV/AIDS Confidentiality Provisions" and "HIV Program Review Panel Requirements" are discussed in this FOA.

Funding Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Fund Category
Other Health-Related
Support Types
Eligible Organizations
City Agencies
Commercial Organizations
Community Based Organizations
County Agencies
Federal Government Agencies
Nonprofit Organizations
Religious Organizations
Research Institutions
State Agencies
Tribal Organizations
Number of Awards Given
12 to 20 awards
Award Amount Notes
The total amount of funds available to be awarded under this program is about $20 million dollars per year. This includes all new competing applications, competing renewal applications, and noncompeting continuation awards. The number of ERC awards is expected to be between 12 and 20 depending on the quality of the applications and funds available. New and competing renewal ERC awards may vary from one to ten each year, and will depend on the number of awards that have ended. The anticipated start date for these awards is July 1 of the year following application submission. The maximum performance period that may be requested by a new applicant is three years. The maximum performance period that may be requested by a competing renewal applicant is five years.

Applicants may request awards up to $1,800,000 per year in total costs.

Because the nature and scope of the proposed training program will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary. Although the financial plans of NIOSH provide support for this program, awards pursuant to this funding opportunity are contingent upon the availability of funds.
Application Due Date
Project Start Date
Application Contact
Peter Grandillo
Grants Management Branch
Procurement & Grants Office
(Courier) 626 Cochrans Mill Rd
(USPS) P.O. Box 18070 – MS P05
Pittsburgh, PA 152360070
Phone: (412) 386-6834
Fax: (412) 386-6429
Technical Contact
John Talty
Office of Extramural ProgramsNIOSH
4676 Columbia Parkway
Mail stop C-7
Cincinnati, OH 452261998
Phone: (513) 533-8241
Fax: (513) 533-8564
Health Education
Occupational Safety and Health
Training Programs
Application Process
The PHS 398 application instructions are available at in an interactive format. For further assistance contact GrantsInfo, Telephone (301) 435-0714, Email:

Telecommunications for the hearing impaired: TTY 770-488-2783.
Applications must be prepared using the most current PHS 398 grant application instructions and forms. Applications must have a D&B Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number as the universal identifier when applying for Federal grants or cooperative agreements. The D&B number can be obtained by calling (866) 705-5711 or through the web site at The D&B number should be entered on line 11 of the face page of the PHS 398 form.

The title and number of this funding opportunity must be typed in item (box) 2 only of the face page of the application form and the YES box must be checked.

The application for this program uses both the detailed budget page (form page 4) and the substitute form page 4 (“NRSA Substitute Detailed Budget for Initial Budget Period Direct Costs”) of the 398 application. Applicants that do not submit the budget in the required format will have their applications returned as non-responsive. Limits on funding levels for each component are listed below in section IV.6, “Other Submission Requirements.”
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Fund Number

Disclaimer: NPIN provides this information as a public service only. The views and information provided about the materials, funding opportunities, and organizations do not necessarily state or reflect those of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, or NPIN. Fund Record #4120

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