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Pilot Projects Program

The Pilot Projects Program is an integral part of the Center’s mission to more fully characterize environmental health hazards, understand the basis of personal vulnerability, and translate research into preventive action to reduce the burden of environmentally-related diseases. The Pilot Projects Program acts as a springboard for emerging environmental health sciences research questions, an incubator for junior investigators’ careers, and an opening for establishing new multidisciplinary collaborations in environmental health sciences research by funding one-year projects up to $50,000. The goal of the program is to provide investigators with an opportunity to collect preliminary data and/or validate the utility of specific methods or techniques to establish the feasibility of larger-scale research projects and ultimately seek external (especially NIEHS) funding.


For any questions regarding the Pilot Project Program please refer to our FAQs or contact Lisa Wolff at

Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
2001 North Soto Street, MC 9237,
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9013
Acknowledge the Center: NIEHS grant number 5P30ES007048