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Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences

Education and Research Center (ERC)

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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 and Public Health Sciences 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.

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.

2019 Best Presentation Awards
Award for Distinguished Podium Presentation: Katherine Barlow
Award for Distinguished Poster Presentation: Ola Wasel
People's Choice Award for Podium Presentation: Zach Wells
People's Choice for Poster Presentation: Aditya Milind Deshpande

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

Videos of Past Symposiums

2019 Pilot Research Project Symposium

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

Request for Grant Proposals

The PRP program is no longer accepting proposals for the 2020-21 funding period. Please check back in January 2021 for the next funding announcement. Contact erccoor@uc.edu if you have any questions.

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