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Description: The program's objective is to enhance research, communication, and education in children's environmental health through direct support of activities by students, postdoctoral trainees, junior faculty, and community members. Proposals related to children's environmental lung health will be considered in the following areas:
We consider the environment to be broadly defined and can include chemical exposures, greenspace, the built environment, the food environment, physical activity, or aspects of the social environment. Projects that address household environmental exposures for all occupants (regardless of age) or community environmental health concerns across the life course are encouraged. Projects with strong engagement with community partners will receive priority for funding. Funds from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will support each project for the budget period from December 1, 2023, through November 30, 2024.
Eligibility: Applicants may be predoctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows, or junior faculty who meet the NIH definition of early-stage investigators. Community member applicants will be considered for Community-Engaged Communication Pilot Projects. Applications must be received by Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at 12 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).Prior to the release of funding, investigators must demonstrate approval of the research project by their institutional review board or animal care and use committee, as appropriate.
Use of Funds: Budgets will be allocated in the name of the junior faculty member or faculty advisor (for student awards) and are to be used exclusively for the described research. This support may be used for research expenses for which there are no other means of support, including supplies, domestic travel related to data collection or presentation, services such as data entry or laboratory analysis, and printing or photocopying. These funds may not be used for student tuition, stipend, or faculty salary except with prior approval. Awardees will be required to provide brief progress reports every six months, a final written report within 30 days of the end of the budget period, and to present their findings at a multidisciplinary BREATHE Children's Environmental Health Forum.
Evaluation of Applications: A committee including professionals and academics working in the area of children's environmental health will evaluate applications based on whether the proposal addresses a scientifically important problem; addresses children's environmental health; is of scientifically sound design and novelty of the work and potential to advance a new line of inquiry. The likelihood of the proposal to lead to further research, increase research and translation capacity among new investigators and trainees, and the inclusion of community stakeholders, as well as attention to diversity and outreach, will be considered as strengths. In conformance with federal regulations, any exclusion of portions of populations (e.g., based on gender or race) as potential research subjects must be specifically justified.
Please use 12-point font and margins no smaller than 1/2 inch for all materials. Applications must include the following elements:
Reporting Requirements: Award recipients will be required to provide both an interim (6 months after the start date) and a final report of their project or study (within 13 months of the start date). A final financial report may also be requested. Applicants must agree to credit the BREATHE Center for any products and publications that result from the awards (e.g., “this project was supported through a grant from the Johns Hopkins BREATHE Center”).
Application Deadline: All applications will be submitted electronically via REDCap. Please direct all questions to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the Tuesday, November 21, 2023, 12:00 PM EST deadline. Applications after the deadline will not be reviewed.
Important Note: The application form is not submitted until you press the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page. You do have the option to save the application and return to it later. You MUST remember the return code given to you; if you lose it, please contact email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. To retrieve your saved (but not submitted) form, click "Apply Now," hover over "Returning?" in the top right corner, click "Continue the survey," enter your return code, and hit the Submit button.
All applicants will be notified by December 15, 2023. Applicants will be notified by email of decisions.
Applications should include an itemization of costs, with a full description and detailed justification of each item.
This would be rare, and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
The Scientific Review Committee will follow NIH's scoring system. Each application will be rated according to the 9-point scale. The Scientific Review Committee will rank the applications in overall order of preference for funding when reviewers will meet to discuss the applications. The discussions, ratings, and rankings of candidates will be summarized for the members of the Pilot Project Council, who will make the decision based on translating research importance to the project’s mission.
Each application will be reviewed by a committee of experienced investigators with relevant expertise to evaluate the proposal. To avoid potential conflict of interest, members of the Scientific
Review Committee who have contributed pilot proposals, or participate therein, will be excluded from the review process for this proposal cycle.
Standardized evaluation criteria will include whether the proposal addresses a scientifically important problem; addresses children’s environmental health; is of scientifically sound design. The review will also address whether the expertise of mentors is adequate, resources and facilities are adequate, research is ethically acceptable, and the budget is appropriate.
Reviewers will be asked to provide feedback to the applicant on the major strengths and weaknesses of the proposal. As well as use the NIH scoring rubric: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/review/rev_prep/scoring.htm
Yes. Awardees will be required to provide a brief progress report, a final written report within 30 days of the end of the budget period, and two presentations of project updates/findings during the BREATHE Children’s Environmental Health Forum sessions during the period of the award.
Prior to the release of funding, investigators must demonstrate approval of the research project by their institutional review board or animal care and use committee, as appropriate.