Announcing the 2020 SCEHSC Pilot Projects Program


Department of Population and Public Health Sciences

Publish date

July 29, 2019


The Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center (SCEHSC, is pleased to announce the 2020 Pilot Projects Program, supporting one-year research projects that aim to promote the understanding of environmental exposures and human disease.

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.

The SCEHSC is seeking investigator-initiated applications from all environmental health research areas.  Topics of special interest include:

New Approaches for Exposure AssessmentEnvironmental Contributions to Obesity and Metabolic Dysfunction
New Approaches for Environmental Disaster Response ResearchApplication of Omics Technologies to Environmental Health Research
Climate Change, Adaptation, and Environmental HealthComplex Mixtures in Environmental Health
Environment, Neurodevelopment, and Neurological DiseasesHuman Microbiome and the Environment
  Novel Approaches in Environmental Disparities Assessment  

Individuals with a faculty appointment in any department or school/division at USC, CHLA, UCLA or Caltech are eligible to apply.


Prospective applicants will submit a one-page Letter of Intent (LOI) along with one page of final Specific Aims (SA). The LOI will include the project title, a brief summary of project objectives, and identification of the key participating investigators. All proposed projects should have a clear and identifiable environmental health emphasis. Please e-mail Letters of Intent and Specific Aims to Vivian Lee,, by the LOI deadline.


Successful LOI applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal for up to $50,000 of funding.  Instructions for full proposal submission can be found on the SCEHSC Pilots webpage ( Please email full applications as one PDF file to Vivian Lee,, by the full proposal deadline.

Deadlines and Notification Schedule

Request for
LOI Notification
July 29, 2019August 26, 2019
at 5:00 PM
September 3, 2019
Full ProposalAward
Award Start Date
September 17, 2019
at 5:00 PM
December 2019April 1, 2020

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