University of Southern California


RFA-ES-20-001: Collaborative Centers in Children’s Environmental Health Research and Translation (P2C Clinical Trial Optional)

Slots:                                                     1

Internal Deadline:                             Friday, August 21, 2020

LOI:                                                        October 23, 2020

External Deadline:                            November 23, 2020

Award Information:                         Type: Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 5 – 6

Anticipated Amount:         Applicants may request direct costs up to $500,000 per year. Because the nature and scope of the proposed infrastructure will vary, it is anticipated that the size of the awards will vary to reflect the actual needs of the proposed center. In addition to proposing an infrastructure center, the applicant may propose to take on the additional role of serving as the coordinating center across all the funded infrastructure centers and may request up to $100,000 in additional direct costs for this optional role. Only one coordinating center will be chosen from among the funded P2C networks.

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Process for Limited Submissions: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit include:

(1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.

(2) CV – (5 pages maximum)

Who May Serve as PI:                    There are additional eligibility criteria for applications responding to this FOA:

Multi-PD/PI required: One recognized and established research investigator in CEH (Director), and an expert (referred to as Deputy Director) with a track record in health communication with translation of science to lay audience, scientific community and public health and or medical professionals.

Active Scientists.  Applicants must have active scientists working in children’s environmental health that is within the scientific mission of NIEHS.  Active CEH scientists must hold their primary affiliation with applicant institution or other institutions and this position (tenured or nontenured) must be permanent; Applicants need to have a strong record in scientific publications and competitiveness for peer-reviewed external funding for research within the science mission of NIEHS in CEH. Active scientists must meet the following criteria:

(1) PD/PIs must have externally-funded active CEH grants or contracts within the three most recently completed fiscal years: 2017, 2018, 2019.  Grant awarded in FY 2020 may be included.  Federal fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.

(2) PD/PIs must have strong CEH research publications in peer-reviewed journals during the three most recently completed Federal fiscal years, including FY2019.

Funding by the NIEHS.

(1) Each application must have and identify at least three active PD/PIs  who have received a research grant or other significant funding from NIEHS within the three most recently completed Federal fiscal years in the area of children’s environmental health at the time of submission (FY 2017, 2018, and 2019.  The mechanisms that qualify are research projects (R01, R21, R00, R15), research program projects (P01, P50, P42), and individual research career development awards for faculty (K24, K08, K23).

(2) Mechanisms that do not qualify are individual pre-doctoral and/or post-doctoral fellowships (e.g., F31, F32, K99), T awards, U45, Conference grants (e.g., R13, U13) and R24, U24, P30 or U2C grants funded by NIEHS.  Furthermore, grants and cooperative agreements in extension periods, either with or without additional funds, as well as supplements of any kind, do not count toward this requirement.

Purpose:           The objective of this FOA is to create and nurture a national network of Children’s Environmental Health Research Translation Centers (CEHRT Centers) that will (1) provide the scientific community and stakeholders (broadly defined) access to state-of -the art collateral expertise in CEH as well as expertise in health communication, environmental health literacy and dissemination and implementation science  to enhance and accelerate the reach and adoption of CEH knowledge and science, (2) promote external collaborations with the children’s environmental health community of researchers and stakeholders, and (3) provide assistance in response to national, regional, state or local CEH issues or emergencies.  To achieve this, the CEHRT center program will adopt dissemination and implementation strategies that can evolve quickly with the state of the science as well as create actionable steps to best implement, disseminate and sustain CEH knowledge, intervention and programs in the most vulnerable communities.

The Program Goals are to:

  1. Support collaborations among recognized children’s environmental health scientists along with partners from scientific fields not traditionally associated with environmental health science (EHS) research. These fields might include health and risk communication, dissemination and implementation science, behavioral and social sciences, engineering, economics, medicine, policy, computer science, and more. These partners will be expected to provide new ideas, strategies, and approaches for moving the CEH science into applied public health and clinical practice in order to expand the impact of CEH research findings.
  2. Synthesize and use existing CEH research findings to create new messages, tools, methods/approaches, risk management strategies, public health interventions and practices, curriculums and other educational activities, clinical guidelines, policies and products that translate CEH research findings to applied products and impacts. These products can then be used and/or adapted by stakeholders, at-risk populations, affected communities, and the clinical or public health community to improve children’s health.
  3. Establish two distinct pilot programs. Within the Translation Core, the pilot project program will test, implement, adapt and evaluate new CEH research translational products (curriculum, messages, tools, methods, practices, etc.). In the Developmental Core, the catalyst program will consist of small pilot projects that can address time sensitive environmental health concerns in children or test new emerging areas concepts, tools or approaches in CEH science.
  4. Nurture and mentor early stage investigators in CEH research with an emphasis on translation research strategies and approaches.

Budgetary Requirements: This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

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