The HERCULES Exposome Research Center (NIH P30 ES019776) is pleased to announce the 2018 Pilot Project Program in Environmental Health Sciences. These awards will be funded in part by the NIEHS P30 (5 x $40,000) and in part through the partnerships described below.
A major focus of HERCULES is to advance the science of the exposome (the comprehensive analysis of exposures analogous to the human genome); however, the Pilot Project Program supports any research in the environmental health sciences that aligns with the mission of NIEHS.
HERCULES formed two partnerships that will expand upon this funding. The first is with the NIEHS/EPA-funded Center for Children’s Health, the Environment, the Microbiome, and Metabolomics (C-CHEM2) (NIEHS P50 ES026071 and EPA 83615301), which will support additional awards that focus on children’s environmental health issues. The second partnership is with the Winship Cancer Institute (Winship). This partnership seeks to better understand the connection between our environment and cancer. The HERCULES-Winship partnership will jointly support additional awards on the role of the environment in cancer biology and cancer prevention.
All applications must focus on the role of the environment in human disease. Projects can include basic, biomedical, translational, clinical, epidemiological, behavioral or community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches.
Awards are open to investigators at Emory and the Georgia Tech Department of Biomedical Engineering who are eligible to serve as Principal Investigators on NIH grant applications (Instructor and above, tenure-, research- or clinical-track). Georgia Tech faculty from other departments may apply if their plan includes collaboration with an Emory faculty member. All applicants interested in funding from the HERCULES-Winship partnership should include at least one investigator who is a member of Winship. Projects with translational relevance (clinical or population-based), applications from early-career investigators, projects that utilize a HERCULES Facility Core, and collaborative and interdisciplinary projects are particularly encouraged.
Please see below for information regarding details of the pilot application and review process. Applications that are not focused on the role of the environment in human health and disease will not be reviewed.
Recommended guidelines are available for children’s environmental health and community-based participatory projects. See the links below for more information.