PIlot Projects

The Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics, and Environment (EDGE) Pilot Research Project Program provides initial support for investigators to establish novel lines of research relevant to the missions of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences & the EDGE Center. The program promotes exploration of possible innovative directions representing a significant departure from ongoing 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.

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

Pilot projects are awarded each year in early April and funding is limited to 12 months for a maximum award of $40,000 (direct costs).

You can view/download the following documents for the 2020-2021 EDGE Pilot Projects:

Pilot Projects Timeline:

  • Thursday, January 9, 2020 – Pre-Applications due, submit online here https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/41459721d95b48a58b0572ae3adc56e8
  • Thursday, January 16, 2020 - Competitive applicants are invited to submit full proposals
  • Friday, February 14, 2020 - Full Invited Proposals due, submission link will be emailed to you
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - Awards announced
  • Monday, April 1, 2020  - Funding period begins

Questions about the pilot project program should be directed to Liz Guzy (eguzy@uw.edu, 206-685-5333).

Current Pilot Project Awards (2019-2020)

  • Dr. Ed Kelly, PI, Pharmacy, Development of a 3D microphysiological model of ochratoxin A-induced nephropathy
  • Dr. Alexander Mendenhall, PI, Pathology,  Assessing the effects of common environmental toxicants on monoallelic gene expression in Caenorhadbits elegans.
  • Dr. Edmund Seto PI, DEOHS,  Partnership to characterize PM2.5 in 5 population centers on the Yakama Nation Reservation and Evaluation of Indoor Air Cleaners

Past Pilot Project Awards

CLICK HERE TO VIEW a list of recent pilot projects, 2011-2019 (PDF, 200 KB).