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Department of Environmental Health

Education and Research Center (ERC)


Pilot Project Research Training Program (PRP)

The purpose of the Pilot Project Research Training Program is to increase the research capacity of research trainees and young investigators in occupational health and safety and to encourage those in related disciplines to pursue occupational health and safety research. This program supports pilot research projects in the area of occupational health and safety for twelve institutions from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Dr. Amit Bhattacharya serves as the director of the Pilot Project Research Training Program . The Pilot Project Research Training Program is located within the University of Cincinnati’s Education and Research Center (ERC) based in the Department of Environmental Health within the College of Medicine. The University of Cincinnati’s Education and Research Center is one of 18 such centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) nationally. Dr. Tiina Reponen is the director of the ERC.

Under the Pilot Project Research Training Program research proposals are solicited and peer-reviewed annually from qualifying faculty and graduate students from the University of Cincinnati and the following partnering institutions – Air Force Institute of Technology, Bowling Green State University, University of Toledo – Medical Science Campus, Central State University, Purdue University, University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, Murray State University, Ohio University and Kentucky State University.

Since 1999, the PRP program has allocated over 1.2 million dollars to support over 213 pilot research projects. These projects have served as a catalyst in bringing over $34.8 million in additional research support to the region from sources independent of the PRP program, such as, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), National Institutes of Health (NIH), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, this program also brought 46 new investigators from other fields of expertise to the area of occupational safety and health research.

Each year the Pilot Project Research Training Program holds a symposium where grant awardees present their research findings. This symposium is attended by graduate students and faculty from regional universities and researchers from local governmental agencies.

To make donations and help support the Pilot Research Project Symposium visit this link and select College of Medicine as the category and Environmental and Industrial Hygiene Fund. For our records, please email erccoor@uc.edu if you make a donation.

Request for Grant Proposals

The PRP program is not accepting proposals at this time, check back in January 2020 for the next funding period. All necessary instructions/documents as well as how to submit your proposal can be found below. Contact erccoor@uc.edu if you have any questions.

View 2019-20 Announcement (PDF)

Grant Submission Requirements (PDF

Grant Application Cover Sheet (PDF

Grant Application Checklist (PDF

Required PHS398 forms
Download PHS398 Forms: Here

Complete the three steps listed here to submit a proposal for review: Submit 2019-20 PRP Proposal

Best Presentation Award 

A new award for best presentation at PRP Symposium has been launched to celebrate the most enthusiastic, effective and professional researcher for his/her ability to deliver an impactful and engaging presentation. All presenters are challenged and encouraged to deliver an outstanding presentation.  

2018 Best Presentation Awards
Award for Distinguished Podium Presentation: Jennifer Perion
Award for Distinguished Poster Presentation: Mike Benjamin
People's Choice Award for Podium Presentation: Paa Kwasi Adusei
People's Choice for Poster Presentation:Christine Uebel-Niemeier

2017 Best Presentation Awards
Award for Distinguished Podium Presentation: Jennie Cox
Award for Distinguished Poster Presentation: Sathya Narayan Kanakaraj
People's Choice Award for Distinguished Podium Presentation: Matthew Giovanetti
People's Choice for Distinguished Poster Presentation: Vianessa Ng

Videos of Past Symposiums

2018 Pilot Research Project Symposium

2016 Pilot Research Project Symposium

2015 Pilot Research Project Symposium

2014 Pilot Research Project Symposium

2013 Pilot Research Project Symposium

2012 Pilot Research Project Symposium

2011 Pilot Research Project Symposium

2010 Pilot Research Project Symposium

2009 Pilot Research Project Symposium

2008 Pilot Research Project Symposium

2007 Pilot Research Project Symposium

2006 Pilot Research Project Symposium

2004 Pilot Research Project Symposium Keynote: Nancy Adams

2003 Pilot Research Project Symposium Keynote: Dr. John Howard

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