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Pilot Grant Program

Current Due Date: TBN

Guidelines for Application

Applicants may apply for funding of domestic or international projects as follows:

Environmental health research program (Open): Funds up to a maximum of $40,000 will be awarded directly to an investigator. Of this, up to $6,000 may be budgeted for the combined salary and fringe benefits of the principal investigator. Investigators are required to utilize the support of EHSRC facilities, and provide a letter of support from the facility director. Junior investigators (e.g. Assistant Professors) may apply. Senior investigators who wish to move into new directions or into new collaborations within the environmental health sciences research area are also strongly encouraged to apply. Proposals to conduct community-based research and outreach are encouraged. Also, proposals which make use of the High Throughput Screening Facility for toxicant studies are encouraged. Investigators and co-Investigators of EHSRC Pilot Grants may be Post-doctoral Fellows, Post-doctoral Scholars, Faculty (all ranks) and Research Scientists, Research Engineers, Associate Research Scientists, Associate Research Engineers at the University of Iowa. Other U.I. categories of individuals, students and staff may not be investigators, but may be designated to receive salary support and should be listed in the budget. The first individual listed as an investigator of a Pilot Grant is the corresponding author, and will be responsible, should the Pilot Grant be funded, for the timely completion of the research and the appropriate expenditure of funds.

EHSRC Facilities:

  • Pulmonary Toxicology Facility (Dr. Peter Thorne, 319-335-4216)
  • Environmental Modeling and Exposure Assessment Facility (Dr. Patrick O'Shaughnessy, 319-335-4202)
  • Integrative Health Sciences Facility (Dr. Alejandro Comellas, 319-384-6484)

EHSRC Research Clusters:

  • Oxidative Stress & Metabolism (Dr. Hans Joachim-Lehmler, 319-335-4310)
  • Inflammation and Innate Immunity (Dr. Paul McCray, 319-335-6844)
  • Environmental Lung Disease (Dr. Bill Field, 319-335-4413)
  • Nanotoxicology (Dr. Vicki Grassian, 319-335-1392)

Grant Applications, in the form of a single PDF file attachment, should be sent to Nancy Wyland (nancy-wyland@uiowa.edu) via e-mail by the stated deadline. The format must adhere to the guidelines below.

Brief Descriptions of the EHSRC Facilities Cores:

The Environmental Modeling and Exposure Assessment Facility (EMEAF) facilitates the research efforts of Center investigators and pilot grant awardees by providing a variety of services and equipment needed to understand the relationship between contaminants found in rural environments and their impact on human health. The EMEAF offers a cost-effective instrumentation lending service, guidance on modeling and display of contaminants and affected populations, advice on initiating and conducting population-based studies, and expertise in measuring environmental contaminants. Consult Dr. Patrick O'Shaughnessy 335-4202 for additional information.

The Integrative Health Sciences Facility (IHSF) provides the infrastructure for training of young clinical/ translational investigators with an interest in environmental health science. THE IHSF provides guidance on recruiting human subjects and obtaining IRB approval for clinical and translational studies relevant to environmental health science; and, carries out acute human exposures to dry aerosols, gases, nebulized solutions and combined exposures. The Facility also controls, monitors, and quantifies exposures and environmental conditions throughout the studies; assesses and monitors pulmonary and systemic physiologic responses; obtains and processes biologic samples; assesses and quantifies radiographic manifestations of airway injury and response; and, develops registries and tissue banks of asthma patients and their environmental exposures. Consult Dr. Alejandro Comellas 384-6484 for additional information.

The Pulmonary Toxicology Facility Core (PTF) provides the facilities and expertise for EHSRC investigators to enhance the productivity and quality of their pulmonary toxicology research and to assist them in exploring new investigative areas in asthma, pulmonary biology, inhalation toxicology, or aerosol science. In addition, investigators from NIEHS-funded Environmental Health Centers are supported with expertise and assays for evaluation of exposures to asthma triggers. Consult Dr. Peter Thorne 335-4216 for additional information.

Proposal Organization:

Page Limit



Cover Page (Title, Investigators, Affiliations, and 250 word Abstract)


Research strategy including significance, innovation and approach with preliminary data (if any)


Indication of Host Country Arrangements, if applicable


Utilization of Center Facilities, required


Potential for Future Grant Support


Detailed Budget and Justification (up to $6,000 may be budgeted for the combined salary and fringe benefits of the principal investigator)


Support Letter from appropriate EHSRC Facility Director(s)


Research Schedule and Milestones

Other Documents

  • NIH Biosketches (2-page) for Each Investigator
  • EHSRC Proposal Routing Form
  • Letter of commitment from foreign collaborating institution(s), if applicable
  • Letter from community collaborating institution(s), if applicable

Prior to issuance of a pilot grant, the awardee will have to agree to cite support of the EHSRC (NIH P30 ES05605) on all manuscripts, posters, and abstracts emanating therefrom. Carryover requests for funded applications are strongly discouraged beyond the one-year award period.

Pilot Grant Proposal Study Section:

    Primary Reviewer (May be outside EHSRC)
    Secondary Reviewer (May be outside EHSRC)
    Internal Advisory Committee Members (N=12)

Proposal Review Criteria:

    Relevance to EHSRC goals
    Originality and scientific relevance
    Validity and reliability of methods
    Qualifications of investigators
    Special consideration for junior faculty, or new directions
    Utilization of EHSRC facilities
    Likelihood of future extramural funding
    Appropriateness of the budget

    Scoring Guidelines

Who to Contact:

For further information, please contact:
Technical Advice: Dr. Thomas Peters/319-335-4436 / thomas-m-peters@uiowa.edu
Programmatic Information: Ms. Nancy Wyland, Coordinator / 319-335-4756 / nancy-wyland@uiowa.edu