Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH)
As part of its effort to develop the network, Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) announced in January 2008 a one-time opportunity for active NIEHS-funded grantees to apply for administrative supplements to support activities to:
- Build new partnerships with community groups/stakeholders,
- Develop and/or disseminate educational and outreach materials,
- Enhance communication with partners (i.e., town meetings, forums on selected topics),
- Evaluate (process and outcome evaluations) strategies to quantify public health impact, or
- Engage community and researchers in Environmental Health Science research projects.
The purpose of the supplement announcement was two-fold:
- Provide support for grantees already working in this area to enhance current grant activities within the scope of the peer-reviewed application;
- Encourage scientists with a traditional research focus to communicate/translate their research into materials or messages that are useful to other groups, such as the lay public, health care professionals, decision makers, or educators.
The NIEHS received 86 proposals from current grantees. The institute was able to support only 17 with the $1.5 million set aside for the PEPH Supplement Program. The approved supplement requests are from a variety of programs and research areas, and should have impact at a local, state, regional, and national level.