Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award (ONES)
The Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award (ONES), offered through the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), is intended to identify outstanding scientists who are in the early, formative stages of their careers and assist them in launching an innovative research program with a defined impact in the environmental health sciences. These research grants are targeted for researchers who are defined by the NIH as Early Stage Investigators.
Applications must have a research focus on exposure-health related responses from environmental agents within the mission interest of the NIEHS. Environmental agents which are considered of primary interest for NIEHS include: industrial chemicals or manufacturing byproducts, metals, pesticides, herbicides, air pollutants and other inhaled toxicants, particulates or fibers, fungal, and bacterial or biologically derived toxins. Agents that are considered within the primary mission responsibility of other NIH Institutes and Centers include, but are not limited to: alcohol, chemotherapeutic agents, radiation that is not a result of an ambient environmental exposure, smoking, except when considered as a secondary smoke exposure as a component in the indoor environment (particularly in children), drugs of abuse, pharmaceuticals, dietary nutrients, and infectious or parasitic agents. Applications which focus entirely or primarily on these exposure factors will be considered nonresponsive to this announcement and will not proceed to review. However, it is appropriate to include these factors as part of research to define effects of the exposome, and these factors may be a part of applications focused on the totality of a person’s environmental exposure.
For most applications, the budget for direct costs should be limited to $250,000 per year, plus the portion of the additional $250,000 budget for career enhancement which will be distributed over a 5-year award period. With strong justification, research projects which have inherently higher costs may request direct costs of up to $400,000 per year, plus career enhancement. In no year may the total direct cost budget (research plus career enhancement) exceed $475,000 per year.
Further details can be found in the RFA at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-21-001.html
The ONES Award is designed to be highly competitive and only a limited number are awarded each year. In order to further encourage universities to identify their best new investigators as potential applicants, only one application per school or college within a university will be accepted. Dr. Trevor Penning, Director of the NIEHS-funded Penn Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET), will coordinate Penn’s Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award application selection process on behalf of the University. Proposals from all schools are due Friday, January 8, 2021 and will be reviewed by the CEET Executive Committee. The CEET will provide letters of support for selected nominees and final nominees from each school will be chosen to submit a full application to NIEHS. Faculty who are interested in applying should provide the following to Paula Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, January 8, 2021.
- An updated CV
- One-page description of research interests
- Proposal Abstract
- Specific Aims Page