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August 1, 2018

Environmental Health Research Pilot Project Grants

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The Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center (SCEHSC) is pleased to announce the 2019 Pilot Projects Program, supporting one-year research projects that aim to promote the understanding of environmental exposures and human disease. The goal of the program is to provide investigators with an opportunity to collect preliminary data and/or validate the utility of specific methods or techniques to establish the feasibility of larger-scale research projects and ultimately seek external (especially NIEHS) funding. Individuals with a faculty appointment in any department or school/division at USC, CHLA, UCLA, or Caltech are eligible to apply.

The SCEHSC is seeking investigator-initiated applications from all environmental health research areas. Topics of special interest include:

New Approaches for Exposure Assessment
New Approaches for Environmental Disaster Response Research
Climate Change, Adaptation, and Environmental Health
Environment, Neurodevelopment, and Neurological Diseases
Environmental Contributions to Obesity and Metabolic Dysfunction
Application of Metabolomics to Environmental Health Research
Complex Mixtures in Environmental Health
Human Microbiome and the Environment

Letter of Intent & Specific Aims
Prospective applicants will submit a one-page Letter of Intent (LOI) along with one page of final Specific Aims (SA). The LOI will include the project title, a brief summary of project objectives, and identification of the key participating investigators. All proposed projects should have a clear and identifiable environmental health emphasis. Please e-mail Letters of Intent and Specific Aims to Remy Landon,, by August 27, 2018 at 5:00pm.

Full Proposal
Successful LOI applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal for up to $50,000 of funding. Instructions for full proposal submission can be found on the SCEHSC website ( under the Pilot Projects tab. Please email full applications as one PDF file to Remy Landon,, by September 18, 2018 at 5:00pm.

Deadlines and Notification Schedule
August 27, 2018 at 5 PM: Letter of Intent and Specific Aims Due
September 4, 2018: Invitations to Submit Full Application Sent
September 18, 2018 at 5 PM: Full Applications Due
December 2018: Award Notifications Sent
April 1, 2019: Award Start Date

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