Internal Competition Completed

Principal Investigators Selected
  • Susan Buchanan, Occupational & Environmental Medicine

Program Summary

Program Summary

Limited opportunity canceled due to existing program at UIC.

PAR-15-303 Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers 

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), invites grant applications for funding Education and Research Centers (ERCs) that are focused on occupational safety and health training, research training, education and outreach. NIOSH is mandated to provide an adequate supply of qualified personnel to carry out the purposes of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the ERCs are one of the principal means for meeting this mandate. ERCs are academic institutions that provide high-quality interdisciplinary graduate training, research training, continuing education, and outreach in the core occupational safety and health disciplines of industrial hygiene (IH), occupational health nursing (OHN), occupational medicine residency (OMR), and occupational safety (OS), as well as closely related allied disciplines. Research and research training are integral components of ERCs, with ERC faculty and NIOSH trainees conducting research on issues related to the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). The ERCs also serve as regional resources for industry, labor, government, and the public.


The purpose of this program is to support NIOSH ERCs to address the burden of 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.

NIOSH ERCs help translate scientific discoveries into practice through effective education, training, and outreach. ERC trainees and key personnel collaborate with stakeholders to develop innovative approaches to improving workplace safety and health, by the translation of research to practice and prevention through design. Links to the ERCs currently funded by NIOSH are provided on NIOSH’s website at NIOSH


ERCs are located in accredited academic institutions across the country and provide graduate degree and academic certificate training in core and allied disciplines of OSH. ERCs also provide interdisciplinary research training to identify, assess, address, and improve OSH. ERCs conduct outreach to help improve knowledge and awareness of work-related safety and health issues, and they provide continuing education for OSH professionals. Through comprehensive, integrated programs, ERCs improve the safety and health of our nation’s workers.

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, and other stakeholders in OSH may be used to document these needs. Applicants are requested to consider the supply and demand findings in the National Assessment of the Occupational Safety and Health Workforce (2011). Evidence of meeting these needs should include a discussion of how the proposed programs will assist their OSH graduates with successful placement in leadership positions as practitioners or researchers in OSH after completion of training.

Regional Presence. ERCs should demonstrate collaborative efforts by working with a diverse and broad range of organizations to enhance worker safety and health in their region. Collaboration with other institutions should be considered, including historically black colleges and universities; businesses; federal, state, or local public health and regulatory agencies; and labor and professional associations. As centers of excellence in OSH training, education, and research, ERCs can serve as valuable regional and national resources. ERCs are strongly encouraged to engage diverse partners in their region and to facilitate synergistic approaches to OSH. Applicants must identify other ERCs and NIOSH supported Training Project Grant (TPG) recipients in their HHS Federal Health Region, and describe how they will address any overlap in activities between the ERC and TPGs.

ERC Components. ERCs are comprised of three required core components and one optional core component. Required core components are (1) a Planning and Evaluation Core, (2) an Academic Training Core, and (3) an Outreach Core. A Research Training Core is optional and may include Pilot Project Research Training, Targeted Research Training, or both. All components and programs are described in detail under Descriptions of ERC Components and Programs.

Please see the link provided for complete information and descriptions of the required and optional ERC components and budget allowances.


Application Limits

Application Limits

University is limited to one proposal.

Additional Information


UIC Letter of Intent
May 14, 2018
UIC Internal Competition
Sponsor Letter of Intent
August 13, 2018
Sponsor Application
October 11, 2018

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent (LOI) Form

Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program.  White paper instructions will distributed to those who have submitted LOIs.


Please contact RDS at or 312-996-9969 with any questions.

If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact for further information.