Grant Details

Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers

 
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    CFDA#

    93.262
     

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award

    Authority

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Summary

    The purpose of this program is to support National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Education and Research Centers (ERCs) to address the burden of occupational safety and health (OSH) in the United States by providing state-of-the-art interdisciplinary training for the next generation of OSH practitioners and researchers. ERCs play a significant role in preparing the future OSH workforce to respond to new challenges posed by the changing nature of work. These changes are the result of technological advances, globalization, new and emerging risks, occupational health disparities associated with the changing demographics of the US workforce, and a myriad of other factors. NIOSH's network of ERCs across the United States helps address these challenges and provide the next generation of OSH leadership to protect workers and ensure a healthier national workforce. The ERCs provide well-trained graduates to meet the demand for a professional OSH workforce for federal, state, and local government agencies; not-for-profit agencies; industry; academia; business; healthcare; and labor organizations. ERCs help meet our nation's need for skilled, knowledgeable practitioners and researchers in OSH and enhance the diversity of the safety and health workforce.


    ERCs are located in accredited academic institutions across the country and provide graduate, post-graduate degree and academic certificate training in core and allied disciplines of OSH. ERCs provide interdisciplinary research training to identify, assess, address, and improve OSH. ERCs conduct outreach to increase awareness of work-related safety and health issues. ERCs provide continuing education on OSH topics to a broad range of participants to build capacity in OSH. Through comprehensive, integrated programs, ERCs improve the safety, health, and well-being of our nation's workforce.


    Needs Assessment

    ERCs must document that their proposed academic, research training, outreach, and continuing education programs meet specific regional or national workforce needs and demands. Surveys of employers, alumni, participants (from CE and/or Outreach activities), and other stakeholders may be used to document these needs.


    Regional Presence

    ERCs should demonstrate collaborative efforts by working with a diverse and broad range of organizations, institutions, businesses, federal, state, and / or local public health and regulatory agencies, labor, worker advocacy groups and professional associations. For example, collaborations and partnerships with MSIs to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion in worker safety, health and well-being in their region is expected. ERCs are strongly encouraged to engage diverse partners in their region and to facilitate synergistic approaches to OSH.


    ERC Components

    ERCs are comprised of required and optional components. Required components are (1) Academic Training Programs, 2) an Evaluation and Planning Core, (3) a Continuing Education Program and, (4) an Outreach Program. Optional components include a Pilot Project Research Training Program and a Targeted Research Training Program.


    Academic Training Core (Required) 

    There is a required minimum of 3 Academic Training Programs. At least 2 academic training programs must be from the disciplines of IH, OHN, OM, or OS. Additional academic programs may be in either a core or an allied discipline. There should be no more than 10 academic programs proposed. Applicants may request support for allied disciplines which they determine are, and justify as being, closely related and relevant to their regional or national OSH training needs. No minimum number of trainees is required for any one academic program. Applicants must fully justify the need for all programs and their capacity to meet training demand.


    Applicants may request trainee support for academic certificate training programs in approved core and allied disciplines. Trainee support for academic certificate programs is limited to tuition and fees, and is included in the minimum 70% allocation toward direct Trainee Costs. Academic certificate trainees should be clearly identified in academic training program budgets.


    Evaluation and Planning Core (Required):

    The Evaluation and Planning Core is necessary to carry out the specific aims and objectives of an ERC and plan for new directions and response to dynamic situations to promote worker health, safety, and well-being. The Core should include Administration, Evaluation and Planning, Interdisciplinary Activities, Executive Committee, and Advisory Board. An Emerging Issues Program is optional.


    Outreach Program (Required) 

    Outreach is broad in scope and includes activities that will have a positive impact on a diverse workforce. There should be efforts to reach vulnerable worker populations, underserved and underrepresented groups, to meet local, regional, or national needs.  


    Continuing Education Program (Required):

    ERCs should develop innovative and collaborative Continuing Education (CE) programs of high quality and relevance to the occupational safety and health professionals' disciplines. CE is regarded as a critical link between academic and research training and OSH practitioners.


    Targeted Research Training Program (Optional):

    Through this optional component, ERCs are encouraged to provide research training that is responsive to the NORA and generate new knowledge in the field of OSH. The research training is expected to clearly enhance an individual's potential to develop into productive, independent researchers to address challenges in protecting workers' health and safety and to advance research findings into the workplace.

     

    History of Funding

    Links to the ERCs currently funded by NIOSH are provided on NIOSH's website at https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/oep/ercportfolio.html

    Additional Information

     Academic training programs should have a history of attracting highly qualified and motivated applicants and of maintaining a critical mass of students for a viable, sustainable program. Academic programs should have highly qualified faculty with a strong teaching record and history of independent research support or occupational health practice.


    The academic training program curriculum should be comprehensive and fully prepare trainees to advance the OSH field. OMR programs must be fully accredited by the ACGME. Accreditation of other training programs is not required but is encouraged if appropriate to the field (for example, ABET accreditation for engineering and industrial hygiene programs).


    An ERC may provide training in as many core or allied OSH programs for which needs are documented and available resources allow. Each academic program should provide trainees with core competencies to be successful in their field of study. Clinical rotations and field experiences across settings are encouraged to provide trainees with a broad understanding of the working environment. Applicants are also encouraged to consider non-discipline specific competencies (leadership, management, and communication) recommended in the National Assessment of the Occupational Safety and Health Workforce [2011].


    NIOSH funding may be used to support graduate training in core and allied disciplines for advanced degrees at the masters and doctoral level in relevant academic programs, including, but not limited to: MSN, MOH, MSPH, MPH, MS, DrPH, ScD, PhD, and DNP. NIOSH funding may also be used to support students in academic certificate programs in approved core and allied disciplines of OSH. Undergraduate degrees and non-academic certificate programs are not authorized under this program.

    Contacts

    Elizabeth Maples

    Elizabeth Maples
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
    1600 Clifton Road
    Atlanta, GA 30329-4027
    301-404-4982

    Michael Goldcamp

    Michael Goldcamp
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
    1600 Clifton Road
    Atlanta, GA 30329-4027
    304-285-5951

    Mary Pat Shanahan

    Mary Pat Shanahan
    Office Of Extramural Programs
    1600 Clifton Road
    Atlanta, GA 30329-4027
    412.386.4453
     

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible Organizations

    Higher Education Institutions

    • Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
    • Private Institutions of Higher Education

    The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for NIOSH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:

    • Hispanic-serving Institutions
    • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
    • Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
    • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
    • Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)

    Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education

    • Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
    • Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)

    For-Profit Organizations

    • Small Businesses
    • For-Profit Organizations (Other than Small Businesses)

    Governments

    • State Governments
    • County Governments
    • City or Township Governments
    • Special District Governments
    • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized)
    • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)
    • U.S. Territory or Possession

    Other

    • Independent School Districts
    • Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities
    • Native American Tribal Organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments)
    • Faith-based or Community-based Organizations
    • Regional Organizations

    Foreign Institutions

    Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply.

    Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply.


    Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are not allowed.

    Deadline Details

    Letters of Intent are due December 13, 2021.

    Full Applications are due January 22, 2022. Similar deadlines are anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    CDC/NIOSH intends to commit $24 million in FY 2016 to fund 18-20 awards. Awards may not excide $1.8 million. The project period may last up to 3 years. Proposals for new academic programs must be for a period of at least two years.

    • Planning and Evaluation Core
      • Center Administration, Planning, Evaluation, Interdisciplinary Activities, Advisory Board, Executive Committee. An Emerging Issues Program is optional.
        • Up to $280,000 direct costs/year
    • Academic Training Core
      • No budget for academic training programs.
      • Applicants must stay within the total $1.8 million per year request in total costs (direct and indirect costs).
    • Research Training Core
      • Pilot Project Research Training
        • Up to $100,000 direct costs/year
        • Each funded pilot project may receive up to $20,000 for a project period of 12 -18 months.
      • Targeted Research Training
        • Up to $300,000 direct costs/year.
    • Outreach Core 
      • Outreach in Occupational Safety and Health 
        • Up to $75,000 direct costs/year.
      • Continuing Education
        • Up to $150,000 direct costs/year.

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