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Pilot Projects Program

Our Pilot Projects Program is one of the main ways we fund environmental health research

2022-2023 Pilot Projects 

​​Each year, EHSC's Community Engagement Core works with its Community Stakeholder Advisory Committee to create a list of priority areas for the pilot projects. This priority list helps focus the Request for Proposals that goes out in the Fall and helps guide our community-engaged research projects. Get the details for this year's pilots here:

Who can apply for the Pilot Projects Program?

The Pilot Projects Program helps researchers who are:

  • Early stage investigators in environmental health sciences 
  • Established investigators new to environmental health sciences 
  • Established environmental health sciences investigators exploring substantially new research directions in a field relevant to environmental health sciences

Get information about the 2020-2021` Pilot Project Application.

How does the Pilot Projects Program work?

Each year, the Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC) calls for proposals, usually in the Fall. Any  investigator eligible to take on sponsored research in accordance with UC Davis policy can submit a concept letter.

All proposals to the EHSC Pilot Projects Program must include a plan for community engagement. Interested researchers with limited experience in community engagement are encouraged to seek guidance from the Community Engagement Core at the concept letter phase in order to be competitive.

After an initial review to ensure the proposal syncs with research priorities set by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, selected investigators are invited to submit a full proposal.

What projects have been funded before?

If you're interested in applying, it's helpful to know a little about the projects that have received funding. Below are previous Pilot Projects we've supported:

Who are funding partners for the program?

How can I find out more?

You can get more information about our Pilot Projects Program from one if its co-directors: Laura Van Winkle ( or Judy Van de Water (

How else can I fund my research?