Funding Opportunities for Worker Training
Worker Education and Training Program
Cooperative Agreements (U45) and (UH4)
The NIH (U45) is a cooperative agreement award mechanism. Under the U45 mechanism, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) supports cooperative agreements to develop model programs for the training and education of workers engaged in activities related to hazardous materials and waste generation, removal, containment, transportation and emergency response. Within this mechanism it supports the Hazardous Materials Worker Health and Safety Training.
The UH4 Cooperative Agreement for the Training at the Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Weapons Complex is to develop, implement, and evaluate programs to train workers who are or may be engaged in activities related to hazardous waste removal, containment, or emergency response at the DOE Nuclear Weapons Complex. This is the single project equivalent to the U45.
Both the Hazardous Materials Worker Health and Safety Training and Training at the Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Weapons Complex are solicited and awards made in response to Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs).
The administrative and funding instruments used for these programs are cooperative agreements U45 and UH4, "assistance" mechanisms (rather than an "acquisition" mechanism) in which substantial NIH scientific and/or programmatic involvement with the awardee is anticipated during performance of the activity. Under the cooperative agreement, the NIH/NIEHS purpose is to support and/or stimulate the recipient's activity by involvement in and otherwise working jointly with the award recipient in a partner role, but it is not to assume direction, prime responsibility, or a dominant role in the activity. Consistent with this concept, the dominant role and prime responsibility for the activity resides with the awardee(s) for the project as a whole, although specific tasks and activities in carrying out training activities will be shared among the awardees and the NIEHS Program Coordinator.
In both of these cooperative agreement mechanisms, the Principal Investigator/Program Director (PI/PD) retains the primary responsibility and dominant role for planning, directing, and executing the proposed project, with NIEHS staff being substantially involved as a partner with the PI/PD, as described under the section "Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions of Award". The type and degree of this substantial programmatic involvement is specified in the terms and conditions. The awardee will have lead responsibilities in all aspects of the program, including any technical modifications to the curriculum, conduct of the training, and quality control.
The 2014 FOAs were released July 16, 2014 for the DOE UH4 and July 28, 2014 for the Hazardous Waste U45 and both will close on November 6, 2014. These FOAs will award for a period of up to five-years from FY 2015 through FY 2019.