NIOSH Narrows Focus, Increases Award

The federal National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has sweetened the pot in its search for applied scientists interested in conducting research on job-related risk factors. The agency has increased the annual stipend for its Special Emphasis Research Career Awards to $50,000, up from $30,000, and has lowered its requirements for research experience. The nonrehewable awards, begun in 1984, must now support training in applied or clinical—not basic—research with a multidisciplinary bent. “We’re not interested in supporting basic research unless it has immediate application,” says Joseph M. Lary, research grants program officer.

Applicants must have a doctorate and some research experience, but must not yet be above the rank of associate professor. The work must be clearly linked to occupational health and safety and must make an original contribution to applied technical knowledge for identifying, evaluating, or controlling hazards. The awardee’s institution receives up...

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