Open Training Fellowships

Targeted Research Training in Occupational Health (TRT)

Research Fellowships—Request for Applications(2019/20)

Applications are invited from eligible candidates in the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley (UCB), and Schools of Medicine and Nursing, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), for 2019/20 TRT Research Fellowships. These Fellowships are funded by an award from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 3 T42 OH008429, Principal Investigator: Michael N. Bates), Northern California Education and Research Center, and are intended to promote interdisciplinary research training in occupational health and safety.

Fellowship Award

Each TRT Fellowship will provide:
• A substantial stipend to cover living expenses.
• Full in-state fees and tuition
• Subject to a satisfactory research proposal, including a budget and budget justification, research
funds up to $4,000 [Note: the research funds are available only for first-time TRT awardees, not
applicants awarded subsequent years of TRT funding].



Eligible for TRT Fellowships are:

• Residents in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, UCSF
• Doctoral students in ERC Programs in industrial hygiene, ergonomics, occupational epidemiology
at UCB or occupational and environmental health nursing at UCSF.

Successful applicants will need to be accepted into, or accepted as being eligible for, one of the above
ERC programs by the Director of that program. Program Directors are:

• Occupational Epidemiology—Prof. Ellen Eisen (
• Occupational and Environmental Medicine—Prof. Paul Blanc (
• Occupational and Environmental Nursing—Prof. OiSaeng Hong (
• Industrial Hygiene—Prof. Katharine Hammond (
• Ergonomics—Prof. Carisa Harris-Adamson (

Duration of Fellowship

One year, renewable for one or more further years, subject to a competitive re-application and a
satisfactory progress report.

Components of Application

1. A completed application cover sheet (Appendix 1).

2. A research grant proposal, in the general format of an NIH small grant (e.g., R03) proposal, containing:

• Specific aims (1 page maximum). This should include some discussion on how the objectives
fit with the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA).
• Research plan (5 pages maximum). Research plans for current awardees applying for a
continuing year must contain a progress report and highlight any changes made in the
original research plan.
• Research budget
• Item-specific budget justification
• Biosketch in NIH format.
• Human subjects components, as per standard NIH application format

• For first-time applicants, a letter of acceptance into an ERC program or verification of
enrollment in the relevant program from the ERC Program Director (this may be conditional
on receipt of a TRT award)
• Letter(s) of support from faculty mentor(s) or, for applicants for continuing support, letter(s)
testifying to satisfactory research progress made by the applicant while receiving ERC
(including TRT) funding.

Interdisciplinary Research Training

This is an important part of the TRT, required by the funder, NIOSH. Therefore, applicants are
encouraged to team up with other TRT applicants (or current awardees) in different ERC Programs for
the research component of their application and to jointly prepare the research proposal. The same
proposal may be submitted by two or more applicants, although the role of each applicant should be
clearly specified and distinct. The total research funds award amount will scale up proportionately with
the number of applicants who join forces on a successful application.

TRT applicants may also team up with non-ERC trainees(doctoral level or medical residents), who will
not be eligible for the research award. However, such collaboration will be considered evidence of
inter-disciplinary work.

Note: A joint research proposal is not required for a TRT Fellowship award. However, it may strengthen
an application.

Research Themes

There are no favored themes this year. All well-written and faculty-supported occupational health and
safety research proposals will be fully considered. Note, however, that foreign-based research cannot
be funded under these awards.

Criteria for Judging Applications

The following criteria will be taken into account in judging applications:

• Academic promise of the applicant.
• Quality of the research proposal, including its feasibility in the time-frame proposed.
• Progress made on the research (for continuing funding applications).
• Level of faculty support for the research project proposed.
• Likelihood that the proposal will result in publishable work.
• Degree of inter-disciplinary collaboration involved in the research proposal.

Number of TRT Awards

Up to 4 per year, subject to satisfactory applications and availability of funding.

Receipt Date for 2019/20 Applications

Applications should be received by 5 pm (PST), Friday, July 26, 2019. They should be emailed as a single
PDF file to both Norma Firestone and Michael Bates.


Potential applicants may obtain further information from:

TRT Program Director: Michael Bates, Ph.D. []
TRT Program Administrator: Norma Firestone []

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