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NIEHS Short Term Career Development Award in the Environmental Health Sciences for Established Investigators (K18)

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

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University of Missouri
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Limited Submission Announcement

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) invites applications for Short-Term Career Development Awards in the Environmental Health Sciences for Established Investigators (K18) to allow established, well-funded clinician investigators to expand research programs to answer questions relevant to the environmental health sciences and to provide established environmental health sciences research investigators the tools to expand their efforts to translational research.

Research projects will be expected to have a defined impact on the environmental health sciences and be responsive to the mission of the NIEHS. For purposes of this announcement, all applications must focus on a specific human disease, dysfunction, pathophysiologic condition, or relevant human biologic process and propose to study a specific environmentally relevant toxicant. Examples of environmentally relevant toxicants include industrial chemicals or manufacturing byproducts, metals, pesticides, herbicides, air pollutants and other inhaled toxicants, particulates or fibers, fungal, and bacterial or biologically derived toxins.

Agents considered non-responsive to this announcement include, but are not limited to, alcohol; chemotherapeutic agents; radiation which is not a result of an ambient environmental exposure; smoking, except when considered as a secondary smoke exposure as a component in the indoor environment (particularly in children); drugs of abuse; pharmaceuticals; and infectious or parasitic agents, except when these are disease co-factors to an environmental toxicant exposure to produce the biological effect. Research on model compounds is not considered responsive. Ecologic, biomonitoring, biotransformation or biodegradation studies are also not responsive, except when these elements are incidental to the study of the disease endpoint.

Applicants must propose to work with a prospective mentor and the institution of the latter to develop an application for support. Prospective mentors may not have an appointment or be physically located in the same academic setting as the applicant, and applicants are encouraged to seek out geographically separate opportunities

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, August 29, 2008. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include 1) the environmentally relevant toxin and associated biological process to be studied, 2) proposed mentor and/or host mentoring laboratory, and 3) anticipated impact of the research on environmental health and the applicants’ career enhancement.


The size and duration of each award will vary.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, August 29, 2008

Sponsor Deadline:

October 12, 2008

URL for more information:

This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in health and life sciences. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

All limited submission announcements can be tracked by deadline via the Calendar at or by announcement date via the Limited Submissions listing at