Pediatric and Reproductive Environmental Health Scholars program (K12 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The goal of the Pediatric and Reproductive Environmental Health Scholars (PREHS) program is to create a strong network of healthcare professionals who possess the skills and knowledge to address the complexities of pediatric and reproductive environmental health. The PREHS program will introduce pediatric healthcare providers, obstetricians/gynecologists, and other interested healthcare professionals to issues in environmental health. The program will provide research experiences that bridges clinical practice in environmental health, community-level engagement, and teaching.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) does not allow appointed Scholars to lead an independent clinical trial but does allow them to obtain research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor.


  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s): December 15, 2020

  • Application Due Date(s): January 15, 2021

RFA-ES-20-007 Expiration Date January 16, 2021

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Eligibility Requirements

The sponsoring institution must assure support for the proposed program. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and educational resources that can contribute to the planned program.

The applicant institution must have a strong and high-quality research program in the area(s) proposed under this FOA and must have the requisite faculty, staff, potential scholars and facilities on site to conduct the proposed institutional program. In many cases, it is anticipated that the proposed program will complement other ongoing career development programs occurring at the applicant institution and that a substantial number of program faculty will have active research projects in which participating scholars may gain relevant experiences consistent with their research interests and goals..

Applicant institutions must possess sufficient clinical specialties and subspecialties, as well as research facilities to meet the purposes of the PREHS Program, namely, to bridge clinical training with a career in environmental health research relevant to pediatrics and reproductive health. The applicant institution must have a pool of highly trained established investigators in environmental health research related to pediatric and reproductive health. The applicant institution must possess an active PEHSU, or have a demonstrated collaborative working relationship with one, that aligns to the goals of the PREHS and provides scholars with appropriate opportunity to learn about real-world environmental health concerns, to gain awareness of community-engaged practices, and to apply their skills and knowledge in real-world settings. These institutions should also have the commitment and capability to provide career development guidance to promising candidates who aspire to become independent investigators.

The PD/PI should be an established investigator in the scientific area in which the application is targeted and capable of providing administrative, clinical, and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. Ideally, the PD/PI will have demonstrated experience leading training or career development programs. The PD/PI will be responsible for the selection and appointment of scholars to the approved research career development program, and for the overall direction, management, administration, and evaluation of the program. The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required. The PD/PI has responsibility for the day to day administration of the program and is responsible for appointing members of the PREHS Advisory Committee, using their recommendations to determine the appropriate allotment of funds.


    The PD/PI must demonstrate that they have support from, and a line of communication with, the Chair of their respective Department (such as Pediatrics, Environmental Health, Nursing, Occupational Medicine).



    Amount Description

    Application budgets are limited to $450,000 direct costs per year.

    The maximum project period is 5 years. The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period.

      Funding Type





      Curriculum Development
      Environmental & Life Sciences
      Medical - Basic Science
      Medical - Clinical Science

      External Deadline

      January 15, 2021