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Your Environment. Your Health.


Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH)

The Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) includes programs led by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), as well as other Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This webpage 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 & the Environment Research Program

NIEHS and the National Cancer Institute co-fund the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP), which supports multidisciplinary scientists, clinicians, and community partners studying environmental exposures that occur throughout a woman’s life and could predispose her to breast cancer.

Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers

Since 1998, the NIEHS/EPA Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers have studied individual, regional, national, and global environmental exposures and their effects on children’s health.

Deepwater Horizon Research Consortia

NIEHS is leading this five-year, $25.2 million program, which created community-university partnerships aimed at addressing the health effects stemming from the oil spill.

Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers

Community Outreach & Engagement Cores communicate environmental health research findings and concepts to their partners and convey the voice of the community to researchers within the Core Center.

Environmental Health Disparities & Environmental Justice

This program brings together three partners—a community organization, an environmental health researcher, and a healthcare professional—to develop models and approaches to building communication, trust, and capacity, with the final goal of increasing community participation in the research process.

Research to Action

This program brings together community members and environmental and occupational health researchers to investigate the potential health risks of environmental and occupational exposures of concern to the community. See the full solicitation.

Superfund Research Program

This program funds university-based multidisciplinary research on human health and environmental issues related to hazardous substances.

Training and Supplements

Administrative Supplements for Summer Research Experiences for Students and Science Teachers

By offering an introduction to environmental health science research, the NIEHS expects to increase the number—and elevate the credentials—of applicants to graduate programs in the environmental health sciences.

Environmental Health Science Education

The purpose of the science education projects has been to improve overall academic performance, as well as enhance students’ comprehension of and interest in environmental health sciences.

NIEHS Worker Training Program

This program prevents work-related harm by assisting in the training of workers in how best to protect themselves and their communities from exposure to hazardous materials encountered during hazardous waste operations, hazardous materials transportation, environmental restoration of nuclear weapons facilities, or chemical emergency response and to undertake brownfields and minority workforce development.

Trans-NIH Programs


Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) 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 possible discriminatory use of project data. See the full solicitation for the R01, R03, and R21 grant mechanisms.

Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy

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. See the full solicitation for the R01, R03, and R21 grant mechanisms.

Training and Supplements

Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

This program improves the diversity of the research workforce by supporting and recruiting students (from the high school through the pre-doctoral degree level), post-doctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been underrepresented in science. Such candidates include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Supplements to Promote Reentry into Biomedical Research

This program encourages individuals with high potential to reenter an active research career after taking time off to care for children or to attend to other family responsibilities.

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