PNASH Pilot Program - Small Grants

The Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (PNASH), funded by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, offers small grants to respond to emerging issues, stimulate innovative research and foster collaborations in farming, fishing, and forestry.

For the current funding cycle (2016-2021) we will send out a call for proposals to regional investigators for 1-year pilot projects in summer 2019The Pilot Program will award several projects from a fund of $60,000 direct costs and a project duration of 12 to 18 months. To be considered, pre-proposals must be submitted. For applicants outside the University of Washington, please contact the PNASH Center prior to submitting a pre-proposal to be connected with a project liaison. We will provide guidance and consultation to ensure your project is responsive to the program goals and criteria. Awards will be available beginning September 30, 2019. In addition, we encourage regional stakeholders to raise emerging needs at any time and we will work in partnership to identify funding and research strategies. To find out information about the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) priorities for Fishing, Farming, and Forestry and to see a list of our previously funded projects, click here.

Application Tracks

The Pilot Program offers two application tracks for Northwest researchers seeking to improve the safety and health of workplaces and communities through research, intervention, and education. If you are interested in applying, see the Pilot Program guidelines, application, and project planning templates

Feasibility Research Track - Up to $25,000
Investigators seeking to explore new directions, gather preliminary data, pilot new methods, or develop and evaluate interventions to inform future research projects. 

Education/Translation Track - Up to $5,000
Investigators seeking to translate and/or disseminate scientific discoveries into practice through education, training, or program development. 

Program Dates
6/07/2019          Pre-Proposal Application Due
6/21/2019          Invitation to Submit Full Proposal
7/22/2019          Invited Proposal Due
9/08/2019          Award Notification
9/30/2019          Earliest Availability of Funds
9/29/2020          Completion of Funded Small Grants Project
                          *Note: Project duration may be from 12-18 months

Student Projects

Research opportunities exist for matriculated undergraduate and graduate students. Previous student projects led by PNASH investigators have focused on pesticide exposure, injury epidemiology, and environmental justice. The PNASH Center is multidisciplinary and in the past, has sponsored student projects from the UW Department of Anthropology, UW School of Medicine, UW School or Nursing, and the Evans School of Public Affairs. Additional students are involved with our partners at Washington State University, Oregon Health Sciences University, Oregon State University and the NIOSH Alaska Pacific Office.

PNASH Advisor

Our research requires close ties to agricultural communities and regional players that have a stake in occupational safety and health in farming, fishing, and forestry. If you feel you can contribute to making PNASH's research relevant to your community and interests, we would welcome you as an advisor. The PNASH Center offers two ways for you to participate: a two-year appointment to serve on our advisory board or an informal advisory role where we provide you with regular updates on our activities and findings and seek your input.

Collaborative Projects

The PNASH Center encourages new and established investigators to pursue research in agricultural safety and health. We are happy to assist investigators by serving as a resource, working in partnership, or helping pursue funding available directly through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and others, depending on the project focus.

We would like to hear from you.

If you have a project idea, are interested in pursuing agricultural safety and health research, or would like to serve as a PNASH advisor, please contact us at pnash@uw.edu or 206-616-1958.