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PAB develops interactive tools; both for public and for internal use. The tools help grantees and staff gather data that can be used in in measuring the impact of the grantees’ research to show the value of our Extramural investments.


  • Environmental Health Economic Analysis (EHEA): The NIEHS Annotated Environmental Health Economic Analysis Bibliography is a resource for environmental health researchers who are looking to learn about economic analyses and incorporate them into their research. This searchable database summarizes key attributes from over 50 environmental health science articles that include economic analyses. Researchers can search and sort by exposures studied, health outcomes analyzed, economic analysis methods used, and economic data cited. Full references to the articles are provided.
  • Transitional Research Website: A website to help the grantee community use the Translational Research when sharing their impacts and showing how translational their work is.
  • Who We Fund: The NIEHS Extramural Research Portfolio, also known as Who We Fund, puts environmental health sciences research at your fingertips. This dynamic search tool allows anyone to search for grants supported by NIEHS and link to their publications. Users can search by state, science code, or keyword. The output includes lists of grants, principal investigators (PIs), abstracts, and links to publications.


  • Automated Research Impact Assessment (ARIA) (3MB): A tool that was created to search references cited in “important” research artifacts, such as policies, regulations, clinical guidelines, and expert panel reports. By searching these artifacts; we are able to quantify the impact of our funded research on the scientific and broader communities.
  • CareerTrac: The NIEHS CareerTrac application tracks trainee outcomes from both institutional and individual training grants. CareerTrac provides a robust data set that will be used to evaluate and improve training programs. Currently available only to DERT staff, CareerTrac will soon allow Institutional Training Grant PIs to add tracking information about trainees, generate reports needed for their progress reports and summarize data in ways that are useful to both NIEHS program staff and the institutions themselves.
  • High Impacts Tracking System (HITS): A dynamic, searchable system that manages the knowledge produced by NIEHS funded research projects. The High Impacts Tracking System (HITS) allows NIEHS staff to proactively record grantee research outcomes. The application automatically extracts the text of progress reports and program officer notes from IMPAC II, which enables users to search for important findings and impacts. The system also allows staff to annotate grants qualitatively with specific scientific impacts or key identifiers that can be tracked over time. A list of structured HITS tags (458KB) is available.