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Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH)


Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) includes programs led by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) as well as those led by other Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This page lists the programs that are currently part of the PEPH network, and it will change as new programs emerge and others conclude.


NIEHS-sponsored Programs


Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Centers 
The NIEHS and the National Cancer Institute  created these four national centers to support transdisciplinary teams of scientists, clinicians, and advocates studying the impact of prenatal-to-adult environmental exposures that may predispose women to breast cancer.


Centers for Children's Environmental Health & Disease Prevention Research 
These centers examine the effect of environmental exposures on children's health. Through a multidisciplinary approach that includes basic, applied, and community-based participatory research, the centers translate and communicate their findings to clinicians, public-health professionals, and policy makers.


Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers: Community Outreach & Education Cores
The centers support basic, translational, clinical, and public-health research, and each center has the option to establish a Community Outreach and Education Core. Cores communicate environmental-health research findings and concepts to their partners and convey the voice of the community to researchers within the center.


Environmental Justice: Partnerships for Communication Program 
This program brings together three partners—a community organization, an environmental-health researcher, and a health-care professional—to develop models and approaches for building communication, trust, and capacity, with the final goal of increasing community participation in the research process.


Deepwater Horizon Research Consortia
This five-year program seeks to identify personal and community health effects stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and to enhance community resiliency to potential disasters. This trans-NIH effort aims to create a network of community and university partnerships to develop the scientific evidence base needed to promote health and well-being for people living along the Gulf Coast.


Obesity & the Built Environment
This program promotes research in (1) understanding the role of the built environment in causing/exacerbating obesity and related co-morbidities and (2) developing, implementing, and evaluating prevention/intervention strategies that influence the built environment so as to reduce the prevalence of overweight, obesity, and related co-morbidities.


Research to Action 
This PEPH-initiated program brings together community members and researchers to investigate the potential health risks of environmental and occupational exposures of concern to the community.


Superfund Research Program (SRP)
This program comprises a network of university grantees seeking solutions to the complex health and environmental issues associated with the country's hazardous-waste sites. SRP research is a coordinated effort with the Environmental Protection Agency  , which is charged with cleaning up the worst hazardous-waste sites in the United States.


Training and Supplements

Partnerships for Environmental Public Health Supplement Program
This program (1) provides support to grantees researching environmental public health in order to enhance their current grant activities within the scope of the peer-reviewed application and (2) encourages scientists with a traditional research focus to communicate/translate their research into materials or messages useful to other groups (i.e., health-care professionals, decision makers, educators, or the lay public).


Short Term Educational Experiences for Research (STEER) in the Environmental Health Sciences for Undergraduates and High School Students
This program attracts talented high-school and undergraduate students to research opportunities in the environmental-health sciences. Selected students participate in research projects with university faculty and in educational experiences/seminars on health outcomes related to environmental exposures.


Worker Education and Training Program
This program supports the education and training of workers engaged in hazardous-materials generation, removal, containment, transportation, and emergency response.


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Trans-NIH Programs


Community Participation in Research (R01) Program Announcement 
This is an active funding opportunity that solicits intervention research—jointly conducted by investigators and communities—on health promotion, disease prevention, and health disparities.


Community Participation Research Targeting the Medically Underserved (R01 & R21)
This active funding opportunity solicits health-promotion, disease-prevention, and health-disparities research—jointly conducted by investigators and communities—targeting medically underserved areas and medically underserved populations as defined by the Health Resources and Services Administration  . Funding-opportunity announcements are available for both the NIH R01 PAR-08-075  and R21 PAR-08-076  grant mechanisms.


Ethical, Legal, & Social Implications of Genomic Research
This program develops policies dealing with issues arising from the Environmental Genome Project, such as the protection of human subjects, the privacy of genetic information, and the possibile discriminatory use of project data.


NIH Partners in Research Program  
This RFA solicited applications from academic/scientific institutions and community organizations that proposed forging partnerships to (1) study methods and strategies for engaging the public regarding health sciences and (2) increasing scientists' understanding of—and outreach to—the public as part of their research efforts.


Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy (R01, R03, R21)
Health literacy is the degree to which individuals can obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services necessary for making appropriate health decisions. This program supports research on health-literacy concepts, theory, and interventions as they relate to the country's public-health priorities. Funding-opportunity announcements are available for the NIH R01 PAR-07-020  , R03 (PAR-07-019)   , and R21 PAR-07-018  grant mechanisms.


Training and Supplements

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research Program Announcement   
This program encourages institutions to diversify their student and faculty populations, thus increasing the participation of individuals currently underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences. Principal Investigators at domestic institutions who hold an active research grant can request an administrative supplement to the parent grant to provide research support for underrepresented individuals from high school to the faculty level.

Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers Program Announcement 
This program supports individuals with high potential to re-enter an active research career after a qualifying interruption for family or other responsibilities. This program will provide administrative supplements to existing NIH research grants to support full-time or part-time research in a program geared to updating these individuals' knowledge and skills.

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