Frequently Asked Questions

No, PIs funded in the previous two pilot cycles are not eligible to apply for pilot funding (co-investigators are eligible to apply). Any previously funded HERCULES PIs should Email Dr. Eddie Morgan before submitting an application.

The funding available for pilot projects varies from year to year. Usually, at least five awards will be available that range between $30,000 and $40,000 in direct costs for one year.

Pilot announcements will be released once a year in the fall with applications due in early February. Please refer to the specific funding announcement for details or email Kate Hodgins with questions.

Evaluation is based on a variety of criteria. Grants must focus on the role of the environment in human disease and be in line with the mission of NIEHS. They may include basic, biomedical, translational, clinical, epidemiological, or behavioral projects. Criteria for evaluation will include innovation, significance, alignment with the goals of HERCULES, collaboration with other HERCULES investigators/facility cores, overall impact and likelihood of transitioning pilot results into R-level funding.

The project length is one year and must fall within the HERCULES Center’s budget year (starting April 1 and ending the following year on March 31).

No, carryover will not be allowed for pilot projects.

The pilot awardee should plan to participate in Center activities such as seminars and data clubs, present their work at the annual Center meeting, provide a short summary of findings for the annual progress report, notify the Center Administrator of applications for independent funding resulting from the pilot project, and cite the Center in any publications, grant proposals, or presentations related to their project.

Investigators should acknowledge Center support with a statement that the study “was supported by a Pilot Project grant from the Emory University HERCULES Center (P30 ES019776).”

Click here for a list of funded research areas along with links to publications.