Pilot Project Program (PPP)

The goal of the Pilot Project Program is to support junior faculty both within and outside the Center and to stimulate new investigations by senior investigators to expand the footprint of environmental health at Texas A&M. To achieve this, the Program will provide funding, access to Facility Cores, and intellectual support for outstanding and innovative health research projects.

These projects should address one of the four major thematic research areas of the center.



PPP Awardees Receive:

  • Funding for research.
  • Subsidized use of Center facility cores.
  • Participation in Center-sponsored seminars and annual retreat.
  • Opportunity to develop new collaborations and scientific interactions.
  • Participation in Center mock review panel by Emeritus Academy.

PPP Awardees Must:

  • Participate in cooperative Center pilot project reviews.
  • Present experimental results at annual Center retreat.
  • Publish experimental results.
  • Submit National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) grant application.
  • Participate in community outreach activities.


  • November 14, 2022: Letters of Intent Due

    Letters of intent will include list of collaborators and a 5,000 character Abstract that covers the Specific Aims, Significance, Innovation, Approach, and Plans for future NIEHS/NIH Funding along with the NIH Biosketch and Other Support of the PI. They will be reviewed to ensure the proposed research is focused on environmental health and consistent with the goals of NIEHS and the Center.

  • November 21, 2022: Invitation to Submit a Full Proposal

    Investigators that submit letters of intent that meet the appropriate criteria will receive invitations to submit a full proposal.

  • December 14, 2022: Full Application Due (5:00 PM)

    The format for the pilot project applications follows NIH R21 guidelines with these components: 1) Cover Page; 2) Abstract, 1 page; 3) Specific Aims, 1 page; and 4) Significance, Innovation, Approach, and Plans for Future Funding, 4 pages. Also include NIH Biosketches, Facilities Descriptions, detailed Budget ($50,000 maximum), and Budget Justification. No faculty salaries are allowed. All criteria required for NIH grant applications needs to be addressed (not included in the page limits) including sections on scientific rigor and statistical considerations, resource sharing plan, explanation and description of animal use or human subjects (including the sex of animals or humans), and letters of support.

  • Review of Pilot Project Submissions

    Applications will be sent to the Administrative Core for review by qualified reviewers identified by the Pilot Project Program Committee. Proposals will be peer reviewed and scored on scientific merit (60 points), potential for NIEHS funding (25 points), utilization of Center's Facility Cores (10 points), proposals that are collaborative or from an early stage investigator (5 points).

  • February 1, 2023: Approximate Date for Funding Announcement

    Principal investigators of proposals selected for funding will be notified by the Center Director.