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 Health 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 –Health 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 Pilot Project Research Training Program has allocated approximately 1.1 million dollars to support over 200 pilot research projects. These projects have served as a catalyst in bringing over $34 million in additional research support to the region from sources independent of the program, such as, the National Institute of 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 33 new investigators from other fields of expertise to the area of occupational safety and health research.
Each year 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.