UA Environmental Health Pilot Project Funding Available for Up to $40,000

SWEHSC Pilot Project

Environmental Health Science Pilot Grants Program

Illustration of projects for Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center at UA College of PharmacyHave you ever considered research in environmental health sciences? The mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), an NIH institute, is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives. To fulfill this mission, the NIEHS wants to recruit the best and brightest investigators to perform environmental health science research.

The Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC), an NIEHS-funded center at the University of Arizona, is promoting the mission of NIEHS through the availability of Pilot Project awards up to $40,000 (

Some of the activities of SWEHSC are illustrated in the image at right. Among members from the UA Department of Medicine are Drs. Steve Black, Joe G.N. "Skip" Garcia, Stefano Guerra, Monica Kraft, Christina Laukaitis, Julie Ledford, Larry Mandarino, Ken Ramos, Ting Wang and Jason X.-J. Yuan.

Pilot projects are designed to provide support for obtaining preliminary data that can be used in developing major proposals for submission to extramural funding agencies. We, the investigators and administration of the SWEHSC, want you to be successful and are here to help you in the development of your Pilot Project applications.

How can we help in the development of your application?

Dr. Clark Lantz, SWEHSC Deputy DirectorIf you are interested in applying, you should touch base with Clark Lantz, PhD, who is administering the Pilot Projects Program as SWEHC deputy director at the UA College of Pharmacy's Center for Toxicology. He also is associate chair for the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. Dr. Lantz can assure you that your research is related to the goals of the SWEHSC and NIEHS, make some preliminary suggestions on potential collaborators within the SWEHSC and suggest potential facility cores that might be useful in your proposed research.

Submit your application by 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. All State of Arizona faculty are eligible and encouraged to apply.

In particular, junior and clinical faculty, who have not previously performed research in environmental health science but who would be interested in broadening their research to include environmentally related research, are invited by the SWEHSC to apply. Since a goal of the Pilot Projects is to promote collaborations, projects that provide for interaction with existing SWEHSC investigators are encouraged. Use of Research, Discovery and Innovation Facility Cores ( is encouraged, since fees associated with use of these facilities can be requested in addition to the $40,000 maximum budget.

Susan Herndon, Project Coordinator, SWEHSCApplication materials and information concerning budgetary issues can be obtained from Susanna Herndon (, 626-5594) or from the SWEHSC website,

Research-related questions should be addressed to Dr. Clark Lantz (, 626-6716). Funding decisions will be made by March 1, 2019.


The Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC) at the University of Arizona is a collaborative and interdisciplinary research center, which is actively investigating the health effects of environmental agents and serving as a resource for the community. Based at the UA College of Pharmacy, it is a unit of the college’s Center for Toxicology and is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a unit of the National Institutes of Health. SWEHSC also acknowledges the people – past, present, and future – of the Tohono O'odham Nation, on whose traditional lands much of its study and work is conducted. Learn more:

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