• Internal: 08/10/2020
  • Proposal: 10/22/2020


  • Amount: up to $1.8M per year
  • Duration: 3 years


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 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.

Eligibility & Submission Requirements

Only one application per institution is allowed. If interested in submitting, please contact Karen Drew (x4824) August 10, 2020 and submit CV and a 2 page pre-proposal following the NU Procedure for Programs with Limited Submissions.

Contact Information

Scientific/Research Contact:

Elizabeth H. Maples, PhD
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
1600 Clifton Road, NE, Mailstop E74
Atlanta, GA 30333
Telephone:  301-4044982557