To accelerate the movement of research findings to action, NIEHS invites grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose to build a Collaborative Center in Children’s Environmental Health Research and Translation (CEHRT Center). Centers are charged with developing effective strategies to translate key children’s environmental health (CEH) research findings to relevant stakeholders in the community, academia and practice.
The overall goal of this FOA is the creation of a national network of children’s environmental health translation centers. Through external collaboration with the children’s environmental health community, Centers will protect and improve children’s health by developing and testing new scientific questions and public health interventions/strategies with an eye towards translation; and mentoring a pipeline of new investigators interested in translational CEH.
CEHRT centers will serve as leaders in CEH translational research and research methodology development, with a focus on creating actionable steps to move evidence-informed biomedical, behavioral, psychosocial, environmental research findings in children’s environmental health to the wider community. The collective collaborative center program will also serve as a national research resource to support response efforts to emerging environmental exposures affecting children.
NIEHS intends to fund an estimate of 5 – 6 awards, corresponding to a total of $5M, for fiscal year 2021. Future year amounts will depend on annual appropriations. Program Goals are to:
1. Support collaborations among recognized children’s environmental health scientists along with partners from scientific fields not traditionally associated with environmental health science (EHS) research. These fields might include health and risk communication, dissemination and implementation science, behavioral and social sciences, engineering, economics, medicine, policy, computer science, and more. These partners will be expected to provide new ideas, strategies, and approaches for moving the CEH science into applied public health and clinical practice in order to expand the impact of CEH research findings.
2. Synthesize and use existing CEH research findings to create new messages, tools, methods/approaches, risk management strategies, public health interventions and practices, curriculums and other educational activities, clinical guidelines, policies and products that translate CEH research findings to applied products and impacts. These products can then be used and/or adapted by stakeholders, at-risk populations, affected communities, and the clinical or public health community to improve children’s health.
3. Establish two distinct pilot programs. Within the Translation Core, the pilot project program will test, implement, adapt and evaluate new CEH research translational products (curriculum, messages, tools, methods, practices, etc.). In the Developmental Core, the catalyst program will consist of small pilot projects that can address time sensitive environmental health concerns in children or test new emerging areas concepts, tools or approaches in CEH science.
4. Nurture and mentor early stage investigators in CEH research with an emphasis on translation research strategies and approaches.
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