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Sept. 29, 2006

CHEEC Seeks Proposals For Fiscal Year 2007 Seed Grant Program

The Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC) at the University of Iowa is accepting research and education proposals for its seed grant program.

The submission deadline for research proposals is 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6. Awards will be announced by Dec. 30.

Research seed grants are intended for pilot studies that stimulate the growth and development of innovative lines of environmental health research. Faculty, staff and students of colleges or universities in Iowa, as well as researchers and educators affiliated with state environmental or health agencies, are encouraged to apply. In fiscal year 2007, $120,000 is available for research projects. The maximum award is $30,000 annually. Awards cover one year.

In the past five years, CHEEC's investment of $475,000 in the seed grant program has helped Regent University researchers secure over $6.6 million in additional funding from public and private sources.

Submissions for environmental health education grants will be accepted anytime and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. In fiscal year 2007, $5,000 is available for education projects, with a maximum award of $2,500. These awards have funded conferences, workshops, environmental fairs and education pamphlets.

CHEEC supports and conducts environmental health research relating to environmental toxins. Its mission is to determine the levels of environmental contamination specifically associated with human health effects.

For more information about CHEEC and its seed grant program, contact David Riley at 319-335-4016, or visit the CHEEC homepage at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,