Feasibility Studies offer mentoring opportunities for AFF researchers and provide critical data for future research.
The SW Ag Center is pleased to offer funding for feasibility studies (R21 type) focused on AFF occupational safety and health.
Feasibility Study Goals:
- Identify and mentor new/junior researchers to conduct innovative research, intervention, and translation projects in AFF worker safety/health;
- Support projects that provide data for innovative approaches to improve AFF occupational safety and health that justify further research, and
- Promote mentoring relationships between junior and established scientists to build capacity for AFF occupational safety and health careers. Mentors can be identified by the SW Ag Center or the PI. If the PI needs assistance identifying a mentor, please contact the SW Ag Center at least 4 weeks prior to the application deadline.
- Junior investigators interested in gaining research experience in AFF occupational safety or health
- Graduate students, occupational medicine residents, or postdoctoral fellows
- Faculty members of any rank who are interested in exploring an AFF research question
Applications from student investigators and other scientists new to the field of agricultural occupational safety and health are strongly encouraged. Team science approaches are also encouraged.
For this funding cycle, proposals with a focus on occupational safety and health in commercial fishing or AFF surveillance will receive priority. Other topics that address occupational safety and health questions in AFF are welcome. All proposed projects must respond to the goals of the National Occupational Research Agenda for AFF. To review the National Occupational Research Agenda – AFF visit: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/nora/comment/agendas/agforfish/
Key Dates & Information:
- Letter of Intent Due: February 27th
- Application Deadline: May 1st
- Notice of Award: June 19th
- Anticipated Start Date: October 1st
- Number of Awards: 2-3 a year
- Duration of Award: up to 12 months
- Award Amount: up to $20,000
NIOSH uses the Cooperative Agreement mechanism to fund the AFF Initiative. This approach directs NIOSH staff to be substantially involved as a partner with the Ag Centers. Similarly, the SW Ag Center staff will work collaboratively with the successful Feasibility Study PIs.
Please contact Vanessa Casanova at email@example.com or by phone to 903-877-5896 to indicate your intent to submit an application and for application instructions, or for any questions you have related to the application. Your letter of intent must describe aims of the proposed research and which areas of AFF occupational safety and health it will address.
To read about past feasibility studies, visit http://www.swagcenter.org/projectsfeasibility.asp.