The Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center is seeking pilot project applications for environmental health related projects

The Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center is seeking pilot project applications for environmental health related projects

Jan. 26, 2023


The Mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), an NIH Institute, is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives. To fulfill this mission the NIEHS wants to recruit the best and brightest investigators to perform environmental health science research. The Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC), an NIEHS funded Center at the University of Arizona, is promoting the mission of NIEHS through the availability of Pilot Project awards of up to $40,000 each. Pilot projects are designed to provide support for obtaining preliminary data that can be used in developing major proposals for submission to extramural funding agencies. We, the investigators and administration of the SWEHSC, want you to be successful and are here to help you in the development of your Pilot Project applications.

How can we help in the development of your application?

1. First, you should touch base with Dr. Xinxin Ding, who is administering the Pilot Projects Program. He can ensure that your research is related to the goals of the Center and NIEHS, make some preliminary suggestions on potential collaborators within the SWEHSC and suggest potential facility cores that might be useful in your proposed research.
2. Submit your application (limited to two pages) to Susanna Herndon ( by 5:00 pm, Friday, February 24, 2023. All State of Arizona faculty are eligible and encouraged to apply.

The PPP is organized to accomplish the following aims:

1) Provide initial funding to early-career investigators to establish EHS-related research.
2) Support projects that address environmental justice issues in our desert Southwest region.
3) Encourage established investigators from other areas to develop EHS research themes.
4) Enable the pursuit of innovative new EHS research directions.

Junior and clinical faculty, who have not previously performed research in environmental health science but who would be interested in broadening their research to include environmentally related research, are especially invited by the Center to apply. Since a goal of the Pilot Projects is to promote collaborations, projects that provide for interaction with existing SWEHSC investigators are encouraged. Use of Research, Discovery and Innovation Facility Cores ( is encouraged, since fees associated with use of these facilities can be requested in addition to the $40,000 maximum budget. Information about the SWEHSC and its resources can be found at

Application materials and information concerning budgetary issues can be obtained from Susanna Herndon (, 520-400-1989) or from the SWEHSC website.
Research related questions should be addressed to Dr. Xinxin Ding (

Funding decisions will be made by March 31, 2023.