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Pilot Projects Program

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

2023-2024 Pilot Projects 

The 2022-2023 Pilot Project Awards have been selected. Please check back in September for application instructions for the 2023-2024 Pilot Project Awards. ​​View past application details 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

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 (NIEHS), 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 of its co-directors: Laura Van Winkle ( or Judy Van de Water (

How else can I fund my research?