Pilot Project Program


Director: Kenneth Reuhl, PhD

The Pilot Project Program: the Heart of the NIEHS Center

The mission of the Pilot Project program is to allow investigators to generate data in support of new hypotheses, collaborations, and areas of research, with the goal of converting these preliminary data into peer reviewed funding. CEED encourages interdisciplinary approaches to environmental health sciences, and actively solicits Rutgers researchers from toxicology, biology, environmental medicine, nutrition, and many other science and medical fields, to collaborate on pilot project proposals.

Pilot funding advances the Center by supporting high-risk high-return research, seeding new research collaborations, encouraging investigators not affiliated with the Center to incorporate environmental health into their research efforts, and supporting junior faculty with an interest in environmental health research. Investigators new to the field of environmental health are encouraged to collaborate with or use Center members as consultants when submitting Pilot grants. In this way, Pilot studies lead to new collaborations within CEED. In addition, since these grants are often one of the first sources of research funding for junior faculty and new clinical researchers, they are powerful incentives attracting these investigators to environmental health research.

Eight pilot projects were chosen for funding for this cycle.

They include:

  •     Renal Efflux Transporters as Modulators of Heavy Metal Toxicity (Lauren Aleksunes, P.I.)
  •     Perfluoronate Serum Levels in Paulsboro Residents: A Cross Sectional Study (Judith Graber, P.I.)
  •     Methylmercury Toxicology (Jeffrey Laskin, P.I.)
  •     Role of Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) α in Chlorine-induced Pulmonary Injury (Rama Malaviya, P.I.)
  •     Effects of maternal exposures to OPFR on offspring energy homeostasis (Troy Roepke, P.I.)
  •     Innate immune cell bioenergetics and activation after bariatric surgery: A comparison of adolescents and adults (Anna Vetrano, P.I.)
  •     Molecular Mechanism Linking Environmental Phthalate Exposure and Prematurity (Bingbing Wang, P.I.)
  •     Effect of the Gut Microbiome on Susceptibility to Mammary Carcinogenesis(Zarbl, P.I.)

Inquiries to be directed to:
Kimi Nakata, MPH, MSSW, NIEHS Center Administrator
PHONE – (848) 445-0194 FAX – (732) 445-0922
E-mail: knakata@eohsi.rutgers.edu
Website: http://ceed.rutgers.edu/pilot-project-program/

Click on the headings below to see summaries of current and past pilot projects: