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Pilot Grant Program Overview

Current Due Date: July 13, 2018

The Pilot Grant Program is a highly valued component of the EHSRC, serving both the research and training missions of the Center. This program has helped advance the careers of numerous talented investigators by nurturing innovative ideas and creating opportunities for further grant support and publication in environmental health. Since the founding of the EHSRC, investments in the Pilot Grant Programs ($2,157,417) have produced grant progeny with a value of $47,939,311. This represents a more than 22-fold return on investment. Dr. Thomas Peters directs the Pilot Grant Program.


The goals of the pilot program are to:

  • Provide initial support for junior investigators to establish new lines of environmental health research
  • Provide services of state-of-the-art facility cores to pilot grant investigators to enhance their research
  • Facilitate exploration of innovative new directions in environmental health for established investigators
  • Stimulate investigators from other disciplines to apply their expertise to environmental health research
  • Foster new interdisciplinary collaborations through awarding of pilot projects to investigators that have not previously worked together

Research Interests:

The EHSRC Pilot Grant Program seeks innovative, environmental health-related research proposals from University of Iowa researchers eligible to apply for K or R01 grants from NIH. Proposals for laboratory and/or field research will be accepted. Areas of EHSRC interest for funding include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Studies of susceptibility to environmentally induced disease
  • Studies of developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD)
  • Nanotoxicology
  • Environmental risk factors for disease
  • Fundamental biology with environmental relevance
  • Environmental and mammalian toxicology
  • Occupational and environmental medicine
  • Assessment of exposures to environmental agents
  • Environmental remediation and control
  • Water quality, air quality and human health