Pilot Project Program


Director: Helmut Zarbl, D.C.S., B.Sc., Ph.D., ATS Fellow

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.

Five proposals were awarded Pilot Project Program funding in July 2017:

  • Carcinogenesis of head and neck tumors among World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers; a feasibility study (Judith Graber, P.I.)
  • Developing Novel Sensors for Measurement of Pb In Populations at Risk of Exposure (Brian Buckley, P.I.)
  • Role of the FRY-AS 1 long noncoding RNA (IncRNA) in Suppression of NMU-induced Mammary Carcinogenesis (Helmut Zarbl, P.I.)
  • Variants of Surfactant Protein D Post-Exposure to Ozone and Cigarette Smoke (Jared Radbel, P.I.)
  • Preliminary investigation of Potential Mercury Exposure to children and teachers from rubber-like polyurethane floors in schools (mini-pilot; Michael Gochfeld, 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: