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University of Iowa News Release

May 20, 2003

EHSRC Requests Applications For Pilot Grants

The University of Iowa Environmental Health Sciences Research Center (EHSRC) is currently accepting applications for its 2003 pilot grants program, which is designed to foster innovative environmental health-related research at the UI.

The EHSRC, a multidisciplinary center focused on agricultural and rural environmental exposures and health effects, annually awards pilot project grants to enhance and promote training in the environmental health sciences. The pilot grant program is open to all UI researchers interested in environmental health, with priority given to junior investigators with competitive proposals. Interested associates, research scientists, or post-doctoral fellows may apply with more-senior faculty members.

Applications must be delivered to Michal Hampton, 124 IREH, by noon Friday, June 13. Detailed information about the application and review process and the EHSRC can be found at

"One of the goals of the pilot grant program is to help advance the careers of talented junior investigators by nurturing innovative ideas and creating opportunities for further grant support and publication," said Peter Thorne, Ph.D., EHSRC director and UI professor of occupational and environmental health.

Two grant programs are available to applicants: environmental health research and international environmental health research. International programs are funded up to $10,000, and environmental health programs are funded up to $20,000. Additional in-kind facility support of up to $5,000 for environmental health research grants and $2,500 for international grants is available, if the pilot grant recipients use EHSRC facilities for support services and expertise.

STORY SOURCE: College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4162 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: Dan McMillan, 319-335-6835,