Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Centers for Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention (U54)

Notice Number: NOT-OH-15-002

Key Dates
Release Date:   March 20, 2015
Estimated Publication Date of Announcement: July 2015
First Estimated Application Due Date: November 2015
Earliest Estimated Award Date: July 2016
Earliest Estimated Start Date:  August 2016

Related Announcements
September 22, 2015 - See Issuance of PAR-15-353.

Issued by
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), intends to publish a funding opportunity announcement for Centers of Excellence in Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention.

These centers represent a major effort to protect the safety and health of workers in the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Sector. They conduct high quality research, help translate scientific discoveries into practical applications to improve worker safety and health, and address regional and national needs in agricultural health and safety. Centers are expected to have a high caliber of scientific and technical competency, and provide regional/national leadership in developing and delivering relevant interventions to improve occupational safety and health in this sector.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.

The FOA is expected to be published in {July 2015} with an expected application due date in {November 2015}.

This FOA will utilize the {U54} activity code. Important aspects of the planned FOA are provided in the next section.

Research Initiative Details

Center Cores and Components

The following three functional core areas are being considered: a) Planning and Evaluation, b) Research, and c) Outreach. Components of these core areas are outlined below.

Planning and Evaluation Core Components

  • Administration, coordination, and oversight activities
  • Emerging issues program
  • Evaluation program

NIOSH intends to streamline evaluation requirements by using a program planning and evaluation logic model framework.

Research Core Components

  • Pilot/Feasibility program
  • Basic/etiologic research
  • Intervention research
  • Translational research
  • Surveillance research

Research project proposals must clearly identify and address: occupational burden estimates, the need for the proposed work, and the potential for impacts.

Outreach Core
Outreach may involve a variety of activities including, but not limited to, i) development and dissemination of communication products on specific issues or worker populations, ii) educational or training materials for workers, managers, or others at risk from hazards in the occupational environments found in this sector, and iii) other efforts toward evidence-based prevention activities to protect and improve occupational safety and health in this sector.

Other Information

Information on currently funded centers is available at the following link:

Information on the NORA Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Sector can be found at the following link:,

This Notice is provided to encourage investigators with expertise and insights in areas of occupational safety and health to begin to consider applying for this new FOA.



Please direct all inquiries to:

Captain Steve Dearwent, USPHS, PhD
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NOISH)
Telephone: 404-498-6382