Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Workplace Health and Safety Information—Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing


The Northeast Center (NEC) is one of eleven regional NIOSH research and outreach centers dedicated to improving the health and safety of farmers, fishermen and foresters in the United States. To meet these objectives, we collaborate with organizations throughout the Northeast to identify emerging occupational health and safety issues and develop solutions to mitigate identified occupational hazards.

The NEC will fund two $25,000 mini-grants for one-year research projects

We are looking for proposals that:           

•             Lay the groundwork for larger, multi-year projects

•             Identify emerging health and safety issues in AgFF

•             Identify innovative and effective means for reducing/eliminating workplace hazards

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: to be eligible, research or outreach activities should be conducted in ME, MA, NH, VT, CT, RI, DE, NY, PA, MD, NJ, or WV. Preference will be given to proposals that support the goals of the NEC as well as proposals that explore topics related to COVID-19. 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: July 8, 2020. For the selected projects, the notice of grant award will be sent August 10, 2020 and the start date for the grant will be September 1, 2020.

HOW TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL: Please send completed proposals, which include 1) the cover sheet, 2) the proposal form without identifiers, 3) the budget form, and 4) a biosketch or CV to Pam Tinc, Junior Research Investigator, at

NOTE: Any questions can be directed to Pam Tinc by phone (800-343-7527) or email. All NEC mini-grant recipients will need to obtain Human Subjects research approval. Recipients will also be required to share their research results at the annual NEC Research Retreat and to provide a final research report.
Please share this announcement with other researchers who may be interested in applying!

2020 Application Materials

NEC Pilot Grant RFA

NEC Pilot Grant Cover Sheet

Budget Example