Thursday, October 25, 2018

The University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC) is currently accepting applications for its FY2019 Seed Grant Program. 


CHEEC supports environmental health research relating to environmental toxins. Its mission is ‘to determine the levels of environmental contamination which can be specifically associated with human health effects”.


CHEEC seed grants are intended for pilot studies that stimulate the growth and development of innovative lines of environmental health research that address emerging exposures relevant to the public health of Iowans. Priority will also be given to proposals that are interdisciplinary, demonstrate a clear direction for obtaining future research funding beyond this pilot grant, and promote the involvement of students in research activities.


Grants are awarded to innovative and original research for exposure and risk assessment studies; environmental treatment and remediation techniques that reduce exposures; monitoring and sampling methods; laboratory methods development; statistical analysis relating environmental exposures to health outcomes; database design and development; health survey design; and studies based on innovative biochemical, molecular, genetic, and cellular approaches that aid understanding of mechanisms of toxicity relating human exposure to environmental contaminants.


The maximum award is $40,000 for one year. CHEEC anticipates making at least four awards this funding cycle. Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. Jan. 25.  Awards will be announced on April 1.


During FY2018, CHEEC awarded $159,000 for seed grant research. Since 1989, CHEEC has awarded $3.3 million for seed grant research.


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