NIEHS Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Awards

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NIEHS Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Awards

Author: Sherry Ward, AltTox

Funding Opportunity Announcement:

Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award (R01) (RFA-ES-15-003):

Open Date (Earliest Submission Date): January 27, 2015
Letter of Intent Due Date(s): January 27, 2015
Application Due Date(s): February 27, 2015, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards:

NIEHS intends to commit $3.0 million in FY 2016 to fund 5-6 awards.

Eligible Individuals:

Applicants must have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent graduate degree, and must be NIH defined Early Stage Investigators ( In addition, PD/PI’s must have faculty appointments which are tenure track or equivalent.

Research Goals and Scope (abbreviated here…):

Research projects proposed in response to this FOA will be expected to have a defined impact on the environmental health sciences and be responsive to both the mission of the NIH and, specifically, to the mission of the NIEHS and the NIEHS 2012-2017 Strategic plan, Advancing Science, Improving Health: A Plan for Environmental Health Sciences Research (

A variety of scientific disciplines, including basic, mechanistic, clinical, epidemiological, computational, engineering, and/or health risk communication approaches, can be used to advance the NIEHS Strategic Plan. Applicants should consult the strategic plan and to ensure that the research proposed in their application addresses the goals and priority areas of the NIEHS.

Applications submitted in response to this FOA must have a research focus on exposure-health related responses from environmental agents within the mission interest of the NIEHS. The Strategic Plan emphasizes that environmental exposures within the primary mission interest of NIEHS may both manifest effects through direct toxicities and as an element in combined exposures in the totality of all types of human exposure experiences throughout the lifespan.

Environmental agents which are considered of primary interest for NIEHS include: industrial chemicals or manufacturing byproducts, metals, pesticides, herbicides, air pollutants and other inhaled toxicants, particulates or fibers, fungal, and bacterial or biologically derived toxins.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NIEHS Scientific/Research staff prior to submission to determine if their project meets the goals of the ONES program.