Center for Precision Environmental Health

MIEHR Center Pilot Projects


Funding Opportunity for Environmental Health Disparities Research


Addressing Maternal and Child Health Inequities: The Role of Racism, COVID-19 and Other Disasters 

The Maternal and Infant Environmental Health Research Center is launching a new initiative to support pilot projects that focus on:

  • Structural racism as a driver of maternal, infant and child health disparities.
  • The complex relationships between maternal and child health, the environment, and pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2, which is responsible for the current global pandemic that has disproportionately impacted communities of color.  
  • The effects of disasters, like flooding, fires, and rising temperatures, on maternal and child health.

Eligibility Criteria: Post-doctoral Fellows, Clinical Fellows, Assistant Professors, or NIH-designated early-stage investigators

Projects should be developed within a 12-month timeframe, with a start date of April 1, 2022, and a budget not to exceed $50,000/project in direct costs.

We especially welcome applications from individuals from health disparity populations. If you are not from a health disparity population, the application must include mention of the diversity of your research team. 

Applications can use qualitative and/or quantitative methodology. Successful applicants will be required to participate in MIEHR Center-sponsored activities and disseminate results to the Center's Community Advisory Board and Executive Committee.      

A Letter of Intent (LOI) is encouraged. 

Application Deadline:  The 2021-2022 application cycle is closed.

The LOI will only be reviewed administratively for knowledge of upcoming application submissions. Specify the following:

  • The title, research objectives, and the environmental health disparity of the proposed investigation, along with your name, institution, department, position, contact information and, if applicable, how you self-identify as a member of a health disparity population.
  • All applicants should specify a mentor.

The application must include the major components of an NIH R03 application. 
Abstract: Do not exceed 30 lines.
Aims:  Do not exceed one page.
Research Strategy: Do not exceed six pages. Include these sections:

  • Significance
    • Explain the importance of the problem or critical barrier to progress in the field that the proposed project addresses.
    • Explain how the proposed project will improve scientific knowledge, technical capability, and/or clinical practice in one or more broad fields.
    • Describe how the field will be changed if the proposed aims are achieved.
  •  Innovation
    • Explain how the application challenges and seeks to shift current paradigms.
    • Describe any novel concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or intervention(s) to be developed, modified, or used, and their advantages.    
  • Approach
    • Put preliminary data, if you have it, in this section.
    • Describe the strategy, methodology, and analyses to be used to accomplish the specific aims. Include how the data will be collected, analyzed, and interpreted.
    • Discuss potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success anticipated to achieve the aims.

Other Required Components:

  • References
  • Timeline
  • Resources and Environment
  • Human Subjects
  • Budget and Budget Justification (Also submit budget as an Excel spreadsheet)
  • Biosketches and Other Support Pages for Key Personnel
  • Letter of Support from Primary Mentor
  • Project Narrative (brief paragraph)
  • PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information PDF
  • Inclusion of Women, Minorities, and Individuals; Inclusion Across the Lifespan; and Retention and Recruitment Plan (brief paragraphs of each)
  • IRB approval letter or IRB letter with meeting date of review

LOIs and applications should be sent electronically to in a single PDF.

For More Information:  Contact Nesh Aqrawi, MIEHR Center Administrator (