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Center seeks environmental pilot project proposals

The Center for Environmental Health Sciences (CEHS) invites faculty members to propose pilot projects related to environmental health for immediate funding by the center.

This interdisciplinary research center, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, has been supporting such pilot projects in many MIT departments since 1978. Most projects have lead to independently funded sponsored research projects and programsat MIT.

The Pilot Project Program provides initial support for faculty to enter the environmental health area. Junior faculty proposals receive preferential consideration. CEHS has been able to fund all proposals from junior faculty since its founding. In the past decade, it has funded researchers from brain and cognitive sciences, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil and environmental engineering, toxicology, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering.

Applicants should submit a a two-page description of the proposed research and a detailed budget for pilot projects in the fields of epidemiology, environmental engineering (sources, fate and transport), chemical and biological analyses in human tissues and/or toxicology. Total costs of $10,000 to $25,000 per project for five or more projects are anticipated. Send materials to Professor William Thilly in Rm 16-743.

Proposals will be received until May 16. At its May 22 meeting, the CEHS multidisciplinary steering committee will review proposals and apportion funds, which should be available May 30. Questions on content or direction should be e-mailed to Professor Thilly. Questions about budgeting or other administrative matters should be addressed to Gerti Gillen.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 2, 2001.

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