Pilot Projects

About the CEEH Pilot Project Program

The CEEH Pilot Research Project Program provides initial support for investigators to establish novel lines of research relevant to the missions of the NIEHS & CEEH. The program promotes exploration of possible innovative directions representing a significant departure from on-going funded research for investigators in environmental health sciences. Investigators from other areas of focus are also encouraged to apply their expertise to environmental health research.

CEEH pilot projects have provided data for numerous successful grant applications and resulted in a number of publications.

Pilot projects are awarded each year in April and funding is limited to 1 year for a maximum award of $35,000 (direct costs).

The complete 2014-2015 Pilot Project Solicitation is available through our partners at the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) at https://www.iths.org/funding/ceeh.

You can also view/download the following documents directly from this page:

Year 19 Pilot Projects Timeline:

  • Monday, November 25, 2013 – Pre-Applications due
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - Competitive applicants are invited to submit full proposals
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - Full Invited Proposals due.
  • Monday, March 17, 2014 - Awards announced
  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - Funding period begins

Questions about the pilot project program should be directed to Jon Sharpe (jsharpe@uw.edu,

Current Pilot Project Awards (Year 18)

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Exposure from Urban Air Pollution, Herpes Virus Infection and Immune Function in Ugandan Children • Dr. Parveen Bhatti, PI, Program in Epidemiology, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center • Co-Investigators: Soren Gantt, Pediatric Infectious Disease Program, UW School of Medicine; Corey Caspar, Vaccine and Infectious Disease, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Terry Kavanagh, DEOHS, UW School of Public Health

In utero diesel exposure, epigenetic changes and heart failure • Dr. Michael T. Chin, PI, Cardiology Division, UW School of Medicine • Co-investigators: Theo Bammler, DEOHS, UW School of Public Health; Richard Byer, DEOHS, UW School of Public Health; Frederico Farin, DEOHS, UW School of Public Health

Family Issues Projects • Dr. Karen Edwards, PI, Department of Epidemiology, UW School of Public Health

Role of paraoxonase 2 in modulating gender-based susceptibility to manganese neurotoxicity in a mouse model • Dr. Clem Furlong, PI, DEOHS, UW School of Public Health • Co-Investigator: Lucio Costa, DEOHS, UW School of Public Health

Inflammatory pathways of agricultural contaminants on childhood asthma • Dr. Catherine Karr, PI, Department of Pediatrics, UW School of Medicine, Adjunct in Department of Epidemiology, UW School of Public Health • Co-Investigators: Christine Loftus, Department of Epidemiology, UW School of Public Health; Mike Yost, DEOHS, UW School of Public Health

Characterization of a new human liver thiol methyl transferase • Dr. Rheem Totah, PI, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, UW School of Pharmacy • Co-Investigator: Allan Rettie, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, UW School of Pharmacy

Past Pilot Project Awards

CLICK HERE TO VIEW a list of recent pilot projects, Years 16 & 17, 2011 through 2013 (PDF, 200 KB).

CLICK HERE TO VIEW a complete list of past pilot projects, Years 2-15, 1997 through 2010 (PDF, 1.2 MB).