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Your Environment. Your Health.

Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Program

Program Lead

Carol A. Shreffler
Carol A. Shreffler, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator

Tel (919) 541-1445
Fax (919) 541-5064
shreffl1@niehs.nih.gov

Program Description

To ensure our ability to respond to the environmental health challenges of tomorrow, we must invest in the next generation of environmental health scientists today. Through its Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award (ONES) program, NIEHS cultivates America’s future environmental health research leaders at the start of their careers.

From 2006 to 2011, NIEHS awarded ONES grants to 42 highly creative and promising new environmental health scientists. In 2014, NIEHS restarted the ONES program, which awards extremely competitive grants that provide research funding for five years. The ONES program achieves a dual goal—fostering the careers of outstanding scientists while supporting innovative environmental health research.

Grantees come from a variety of scientific disciplines, including genetics, toxicology, epidemiology, neuroscience and many others, and all display a commitment to investigating the relationships between environmental exposures and human disease. Through their ONES grants, these scientists conduct cutting-edge research on the health effects resulting from exposure to environmental contaminants such as arsenic, air pollution, industrial chemicals, and pesticides.

Grantees are generally tenure-track faculty members who are defined as Early Stage Investigators by the National Institutes of Health.

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