Environmental Health Research Pilot Award

Project Award Amount $50,000


The UCSF P30 Center for Environmental Research and Translation for Health (EaRTH) invites applications for pilot projects in basic science, clinical science or epidemiology focused on environmental health. Projects should be exploratory in nature and broadly aligned with the theme of the Center, which is to understand how exposure to environmental pollutants and/or environmental chemicals during development influence disease and to intervene and prevent exposures to improve health throughout the lifespan, especially among vulnerable and underserved populations. Exposures may include relevant environmental chemicals and food additives as well as factors that may affect biological responses to exposures such as psychosocial stress. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Adverse health outcomes related to exposures during pregnancy and early development
  • Mechanistic studies that identify pathways disrupted by environmental exposures
  • Interactions between genetics and exposures in disease
  • New technologies for monitoring exposures or their effects
  • Interventions for mitigating the effects of exposures
  • The intersection between health and climate and environmental change

Each pilot project will have a maximum budget of $50,000. Pilot projects are for one year and are not renewable. A progress report is required at the end of the funding period, identifying resulting publications and subsequent funding obtained to support the expanded/extended projects. Any resulting publications or public presentations must directly acknowledge funding from the UCSF P30 EaRTH Center.


Eligibility requirements need to be met as of date of submission, no waivers will be accepted.

Who's Eligible:

UCSF Faculty in any series (Ladder Rank, In Residence, Clinical X, Health Science Clinical, Adjunct) in all ranks (Instructors, Assistant, Associate, Full Professors) and Appointees to the Professional Research Series and to the Librarian Series may apply.

Who's Not Eligible:

Residents, Fellows and Postdocs, Specialists.

Submission Rules

Criteria for Review/Evaluation of Applications

This grant will not be reviewed by RAP review committees; It will be independently reviewed by the sponsoring agency.

We invite the submission of innovative and collaborative pilot projects that relate to environmental health. Proposals will be evaluated based on the quality of the proposed scientific investigation, innovation in ideas or approach, the quality and promise of the applicant and the research team, and the potential of the proposed research to impact understanding and prevention of harmful environmental exposures as well as to lead to future successful NIH grant applications. Applications must adhere to the following:

  • 1-3 PIs are allowed, with cross-disciplinary approaches encouraged. A lead PI must be designated.
  • No prior experience in environmental health research is required.
  • Current membership in the P30 EaRTH Center is not required, although awardees will be required to participate in Center functions during the duration of their project and present the results.
  • Proposals must involve at least one P30 EaRTH Core service with budgeted costs of at least $10,000. Please consult https://earth.ucsf.edu or reach out to [email protected] to discuss details.
  • Applications should be written for a broad scientific audience with inclusion of only necessary details.
  • Pilot projects that involve human subjects will require human research committee approval before funding is released.
  • Early stage investigators, (ESIs) as defined by the NIH, are encouraged to apply.

Selection of Awardees

Finalists will be asked to present a brief overview of their proposal to the P30 EaRTH Center Executive Committee. Funding decisions are based on several factors – scientific review score, alignment of proposal to the P30 EaRTH Center’s strategic goals, proposal research area of focus, conformity to stated guidelines, and potential for to lead to future successful NIEHS grant applications. Information on the EaRTH Center goals will be available at https://earth.ucsf.edu.


STEP 1) Complete the electronic application form
STEP 2) Upload your proposal as a SINGLE PDF that includes all the things listed in numeric order in the instructions below.


Please write your proposal following the instructions listed below and create one single PDF file. Do not include form fields in your PDF document.

1. P.I. Name(s) – The electronic application form has entries only for PI1 and PI2. Please list all PIs in the body of the proposal. If funded, PI1 will be the primary contact for the award set up and management. Only ONE application as PI is permitted per cycle.

2. Project Title

3. Project Description: Maximum 2 pages, plus one page of figures and tables; literature cited should be listed separately and is not included in the page limit.

Format Requirements: Arial font; 11 pt; minimum 0.5 inch for all margins; no appendices; include page numbers and table of contents.

4. Detailed Budget. $50,000 maximum per proposal and please round up to the nearest thousand (i.e. instead of $49,869 list $50,000).  PIs are required to list their effort whether is paid or in kind.
Use the following form: PHS 398 Form Page 4, "Detailed Budget for the Initial Period": http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html

Add the network recharge rates to your budget.



Not Allowable

PI and/or Co-PI Salary *



Salary for trainee (postdoc or student)



EaRTH Core Services †



Administrative Support












Personal Computers












Research Staff Support

 (e.g. SRA; Technician, Clinical coordinator)



Patient Care/Patient remuneration



International Subcontracts



Indirect costs on subcontracts



*NIH base salary cap. Fully justify all requests.

†All applicants, including current EaRTH Center members must budget at least $10,000 toward any combination of core facility services offered through the P30 Center. Please discuss details with Alana D’Aleo ([email protected]) or specific core directors listed at https://earth.ucsf.edu.

General guideline: PI partial salary support should not exceed 10% of the requested award budget - NOT 10% of PI salary.  An amount over 10% of the award budget must be well justified. Multiple PIs can decide how to distribute the 10% salary support among themselves (e.g., 5%/5% or 6%/4%).

  • General Automobile and Employee Liability (GAEL) can be included in the requested budget
  • 10% includes SALARY & BENEFITS
  • The award amount is DIRECT COST ONLY

5. Budget Justification: Clearly and fully justify all costs (1 page).

6. Facilities and Equipment: Briefly summarize the laboratory facilities where the proposed project will be carried out including any essential equipment (1 page).

7. NIH Biosketch of Principal Investigator(s) and Co-Investigator(s) (5 page maximum per biosketch):
Use this version: Biosketch Version F. Include biosketches for all PIs of a multi-PI application, and any other key personnel such as Co-Investigator(s). In section "D. Additional Information", list the relevant recent past, active, and pending proposals, including percent effort and total direct costs (annual), where possible. Include a brief discussion of any potential overlap with the current proposal.


UCSF EaRTH Center [email protected] or Pilot Program Director Dr. Diana Laird [email protected]