Notice Number: NOT-ES-19-003
Release Date: October 23, 2018
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
The purpose of this Notice is to highlight NIEHS's interest in accepting Competitive Revisions to existing NIH grants related to exposures and health outcomes as a consequence of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Applications should be submitted to PA-18-935, “Urgent Competitive Revision to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Urgent Supplement – Clinical Trial Optional)" using the application forms package with the Competition ID “NOT-ES-19-003-FORMS-E".
Requests cannot exceed $250,000 in direct costs per year.
NIEHS is also accepting applications to our "Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Research Opportunities in Environmental Health Sciences (R21)” FOA (see NOT-ES-19-001) and for Administrative Supplements (see NOT-ES-19-002) to support research related to Hurricanes Florence and Michael. The use of the mechanisms described should carefully be considered in the context of the support needed to meet the goals of your research question. You are encouraged to contact your Program Officer for guidance.
Competitive revisions to existing grants awarded by any NIH IC will be accepted by NIEHS if the existing grant is leveraging a study population from Hurricanes Florence and Michael impacted areas.
Applications for all of these mechanisms will only be accepted on the following receipt dates: November 1, 2018, December 3, 2018, and January 2, 2019.
No late applications will be accepted.
The unprecedented and widespread damage caused by Hurricanes Florence and Michael is substantial. Consequently, the potential for exposures to biological (such as mold, biotoxins from harmful algal blooms, untreated waste from Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)) and chemical hazards released from industrial, military or other sites (e.g., coal fly ash, PFAS, VOCs, metals), as well as social stressors (e.g., displacement, social isolation, racial/ethnic and cultural factors) and subsequent effects on human health for first responders, volunteer workers and residents in affected areas are of significant concern. Therefore, this Notice highlights NIEHS' interest in applications focus on questions of public health importance that will provide insights into exposures and/or potential health effects (physical/behavioral) as an aftermath of Hurricanes Florence and Michael.
Human health studies, environmental exposure assessment, high throughput toxicity assessment of chemicals necessary to understand short and/or long-term health effects of chemicals known or suspected to be released into the environment as a consequence of Hurricanes Florence and Michael are topics of interest. Because of the unique nature of these hurricanes, research such as fate and transport and application of promising remediation methods (biological, chemical, and physical) at sites of concern are appropriate. In addition, studies that consider the use of comprehensive approaches to study environmental impacts of the disaster including chemical/biological exposures in combination with social determinants on human health outcomes (physical/behavioral) are sought. It is expected that applications submitted will be conducting research focused on addressing environmental health concerns and that the research conducted will provide information necessary for the rapid translation of the science to protect the health and safety of affected communities. Therefore, applications that propose only creating registries will be considered non-responsive.
Examples of topics of interest include:
Please direct all inquiries to:
J. Patrick Mastin, PhD
National Institute ofEnvironmental Health Sciences (?NIEHS)