Occupational Safety and Health Program


To (1) recognize new hazards; (2) define the magnitude of the problem; (3) follow trends in incidence; (4) target exceptional hazardous workplaces for intervention; and (5) evaluate the effectiveness of prevention efforts. The goal of this program is to increase worker safety and health. To develop specialized professional and paraprofessional personnel in the occupational safety and health field with training in occupational medicine, occupational health nursing, industrial hygiene, occupational safety, and other priority training areas. To perform medical monitoring and treatment for World Trade Center Responders and non-Responders and to create a Registry of affected workers.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; M - Training
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Federal Mine Safety and Health Act, Section 501(a), 30 U.S.C. 1 & 951(a)
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Section 20(a) and 21(a), 29 U.S.C. 669(a) & 670(a)
Public Health Service Act, Section 301(a) and 405, 42 U.S.C. 241 and 284
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include for-profit or non-profit organizations, public or private institutions, such as universities, colleges, hospitals, and laboratories, units of State and local governments, eligible agencies of the Federal government, domestic or foreign institutions/organizations, faith-based organizations, Indian Tribes, Tribal Government, College and/or Organizations. Racial/ethnic minority individuals, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply as Principal Investigators. Training Grants: Any public or private educational institution or agency that has demonstrated competency in occupational safety and health training at the technical, professional, or graduate level may apply. Trainees must be admissible to the grantee institution and must be enrolled in occupational safety and health training programs. SBIR grants can be awarded only to domestic small businesses (entities that are independently owned and operated for profit, are not dominant in the field in which research is proposed and have no more than 500 employees). For SBIR grants primary employment (more than one-half time) of the principal investigator must be with the small business at the time of award and during the conduct of the proposed project. In both Phase I and Phase II, the research must be performed in the U.S. and its possessions.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Research institutions and agencies, as well as workers affected by occupational hazards.
Applications must be signed by appropriate officials of the submitting institution. Refer to NOFOs on Grants.gov for specific credential and documentation information.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications are prepared and submitted following instructions provided in Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO's). NIOSH publishes NOFO's at http://www.Grants.gov, and in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts at http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/index.html. Grants.gov is the portal for applications. Appropriate forms are specified in each NOFO. Research and training programs utilize either the SF-424 R&R for electronic submission or the PHS 398 application form and instructions which are available on the Internet at: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm.
Award Procedure
Awards are made on the basis of a two-step review of an investigator-prepared application. Applications are initially reviewed for scientific and technical merit by a scientific peer review group. The second level of review is performed by the NIOSH Secondary Review Committee for program relevance. Final approval of funding recommendations is made by the Director, NIOSH.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 180 days. Research Grants and Awards: 7-9 months. Training Grants: 9-10 months. SBIR: 7-8 months.
From 120 to 180 days. A principal investigator may question the substantive or procedural aspects of the review of his/her application by communicating with the staff in the NIOSH Office of Extramural Programs.
More than 180 days. Support is recommended for a specified project period, usually not in excess of 5 years. Prior to the end of a project period, the grantee may apply for renewal of support for a new project period. Applications for renewal (competing continuation, Type 2) will be reviewed in the same manner as a new application and will compete for available funds with other applications.
How are proposals selected?
The major elements in evaluating proposals include assessments of: (1) the scientific merit and general significance of the proposed study and its objectives; (2) the technical adequacy of the experimental design and approach; (3) the competency of the proposed investigator or group to successfully pursue the project; (4) the adequacy of the available and proposed facilities and resources; (5) the necessity of the budget components requested in relation to the proposed project; and (6) the relevance and importance to stated program objectives. Training Grants: Criteria used in evaluating training proposals include: (1) Overall potential contribution of the project toward meeting program objectives; (2) the need for training in the areas outlined in the application; (3) curriculum content and design; (4) previous record of training; (5) evaluation methods; (6) experience and training of the project director and staff; (7) institutional commitment; (8) academic and physical environment; (9) past performance; and (10) appropriateness of budget. The following criteria will be used in considering the scientific and technical merit of SBIR Phase I grant applications: (1) The soundness and technical merit of the proposed approach; (2) the qualifications of the proposed principal investigator, supporting staff, and consultants; (3) the technological innovation of the proposed research; (4) the potential of the proposed research for commercial application; (5) the appropriateness of the budget requested; (6) the adequacy and suitability of the facilities and research environment; and (7) where applicable, the adequacy of assurances detailing the proposed means for (a) safeguarding human or animal subjects, and/or (b) protecting against or minimizing any adverse effect on the environment. Phase II grant applications will be reviewed based upon the following criteria: (1) The degree to which the Phase I objectives were met and feasibility demonstrated; (2) the scientific and technical merit of the proposed approach for achieving the Phase II objectives; (3) the qualifications of the proposed principal investigator, supporting staff, and consultants; (4) the technological innovation, originality, or societal importance of the proposed research; (5) the potential of the proposed research for commercial application; (6) the reasonableness of the budget requested for the work proposed; (7) the adequacy and suitability of the facilities and research environment; and (8) where applicable, the adequacy of assurances detailing the proposed means for (a) safeguarding human or animal subjects, and/or (b) protecting against or minimizing any adverse effect on the environment.
How may assistance be used?
Research grants and cooperative agreements are intended to support the direct costs of a project, in accordance with an approved budget, plus an appropriate amount for indirect costs. Training grants: Funds may be used for long term training programs and/or education and research centers. Support is provided for the direct costs of the program, plus certain indirect costs determined by Public Health Service policy on training programs. Amounts of stipends and other details are in accordance with Public Health Service policy. SBIR Phase I grants (of approximately 6-months duration) are to establish the technical merit and feasibility of a proposed research effort that may lead to a commercial product or process. Phase II grants are for the continuation of the research initiated in Phase I and that are likely to result in commercial products or processes. Only Phase I awardees are eligible to apply for Phase II support.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Annual Federal Financial Reports (FFR) and performance/progress reports are required. Final FFRs and performance reports are required. Other reporting may be required and will be outlined in the NOFO or the Notice of Award.
Not applicable.
In accordance with 2 CFR ?200, as codified in 45 CFR ?75, there is a 3-year record retention requirement; records shall be retained beyond the 3-year period if final audit has not been done or findings resolved. Property records must be retained in accordance with HHS Grants Policy Statement requirements.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Research and Training Grants and Cooperative Agreements may be awarded for project periods ranging from one to five years depending on the recommendations of the scientific review group and the Secondary Review Committee, and on demonstration of successful performance and the availability of funds. SBIR Grants: Normally, Phase I awards are for 6 months; normally, Phase II awards are for 2 years. Notice of Award
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Stephanie L. Shack,
1600 Clifton Rd., NE, Cubicle 4201.23, Mailstop E-74
Atlanta, GA 30329 US
Phone: (404) 498-2530.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$125,444,662.00; FY 23 est $126,000,000.00; FY 24 est $126,000,000.00; FY 21$130,214,028.00; FY 20$115,474,807.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
General Grants and Cooperative Agreements: $15,000 to $4,924,000. Training Grants: $29,000 to $1,770,000. SBIR Grants: Phase I -up to $150,000; Phase II - up to $1,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
42 CFR Parts 86 and 87. 45 CFR Part 75, as applicable. The HHS Grants Policy Statement, including addenda in effect as of the beginning date of the budget period, and the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Funding opportunity announcements as published in the NIH Guide: (http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/index.html), the Grants.gov website (www.grants.gov), and the NIOSH OEP web site (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/oep/). Omnibus Solicitation of the Public Health Service for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant and Cooperative Agreement Applications. Any additional grant program legislation and regulation cited in the Notice of Grant Award.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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