Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Research Cooperative Agreement (U01)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

This Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Research Cooperative Agreement was established by The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-281), as amended by the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-281), and is intended to provide funding to individuals in academia, members of non-profit organizations and businesses involved in fishing and maritime matters, and other entities with expertise in commercial fishing safety. The funding will be used to support research on improving the occupational safety of workers in the commercial fishing industry. This includes:

  • improving vessel design;
  • developing and improving emergency and survival equipment;
  • enhancing vessel monitoring systems;
  • improving communication devices, deicing technology, and severe weather detection.

In order to support and administer the grant program, the Coast Guard and NIOSH signed a Memorandum of Understanding on May 17, 2018. While the Coast Guard, along with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), provides regulatory oversight for safety and health matters within the commercial fishing industry, NIOSH is an agency operating under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the mission of generating new knowledge in occupational safety and health and transferring that knowledge into practice to prevent worker injury, illness and death. NIOSH conducts and funds scientific research, develops methods to prevent occupational hazards, develops guidance and authoritative recommendations, translates scientific knowledge into products and services, disseminates information, identifies factors underlying work-related disease and injury and responds to requests for workplace health hazard evaluations.

NIOSH has an extensive history of conducting research to understand and to reduce hazards in the commercial fishing industry. This research has largely been conducted in close collaboration with crews, industry and the US Coast Guard. To learn more about NIOSH's work in commercial fishing safety and health, visit

Tailored research objectives for particular geographic regions or fleets are encouraged. Research objectives supported by these grants include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • identification and investigation of the relationships between hazardous working conditions and associated occupational injuries and fatalities;
  • development of more sensitive means of evaluating hazards at work sites, including the use of opioids as a contributor to occupational injuries and fatalities;
  • development of methods for measuring early markers of injuries and fatalities;
  • development of new protective equipment and engineering control technology to reduce work-related injuries and fatalities;
  • development of work practices that reduce the risks of occupational hazards; and
  • evaluation of the technical feasibility or application of a new or improved occupational safety procedure, method, technique, or system, including assessment of economic and other factors that influence their diffusion and successful adoption in workplaces.

The Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Research Cooperative Agreement is an award made to support a distinct, specific, defined project to be performed by the named recipients in an area representing their specific competencies and based on the mission of NIOSH and the US Coast Guard. The research plan proposed by the applicant must be related to the stated program interests of NIOSH and the US Coast Guard to improve safety in the commercial fishing industry.

Commercial Fishing Occupational Safety Research Cooperative Agreement applications are expected to have a detailed discussion of the occupational safety and health issue. Preliminary data are preferred. Appropriate justification for the proposed work can be provided through literature citations, data from other sources, and from investigator-generated data.


  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s): December 22, 2019; December 22, 2020
  • Application Due Date(s): January 21, 2020; January 21, 2021

RFA-OH-20-002 Expiration Date January 30, 2022

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Eligibility Requirements

Any individual with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed training program as the Principal Investigator (PI) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for HHS/CDC/NIOSH programs. PIs should have the experience and expertise relevant to complex, interdisciplinary OSH training programs.

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

January 21, 2020