Current Seed Grant Information

Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination

Request for Research Proposals
FY 2017

Submission Deadline: January 10, 2017

The Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC) at The University of Iowa supports and conducts environmental health research relating to environmental toxins. CHEEC’s mission is ‘to determine the levels of environmental contamination which can be specifically associated with human health effects’. CHEEC is comprised of faculty from the UI Colleges of Engineering, Public Health, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the State Hygienic Laboratory.

CHEEC seed grants are intended for pilot studies that stimulate the growth and development of innovative lines of environmental health research. The program seeks to fulfill the education and research missions of Iowa colleges and universities by promoting the involvement of students in research activities.

Grants are awarded to innovative and original research for exposure and risk assessment studies, environmental remediation techniques, monitoring and sampling methods, laboratory methods development, statistical analysis relating environmental exposures to health outcomes, database design and development, health survey design, and studies based on innovative biochemical, molecular, genetic, and cellular approaches that aid understanding of mechanisms of toxicity relating human exposure to environmental contaminants.

CHEEC is a state of Iowa funded research center. Faculty, staff and students at colleges or universities in Iowa, and researchers and educators affiliated with Iowa environmental or health agencies are encouraged to apply.

Up to $200,000 is available for research projects. The maximum award is $40,000 (direct costs only). Awards cover one year.

Grant proposals are reviewed on a competitive basis. Review will be by the CHEEC Executive Committee and extramural experts. Proposals will be assigned priority based on the following criteria:

  • Originality and innovation of the proposed research
  • Ability of the proposed research to adequately answer stated hypotheses / succeed in the research
  • Relevancy and clear link to human health effects
  • Potential for further grant support
  • Justification of budget items
  • Adequacy of quality assurance/quality control plan

Non-responsive proposals will not be reviewed and will be returned to the principal investigator.

This grant program seeks to fund innovative and original research. Historically, proposals that are tailored to a pilot scale that make a strong case for innovation and originality (are not incremental) receive the most favorable reviews. ‘Add-on’ funding or sub-studies within larger funded studies will not be accepted.

Please follow this format:

1). Cover page 
Proposal title, investigator(s), affiliation, mailing address, and an executive summary (150 words). 
2). Proposal (6 Pages single spaced, 12 point font) 
* Introduction and short literature review.
* Clearly stated research hypothesis (if applicable).
* A statement discussing how the proposed research is innovative.
* Project description and research methods, including how the hypothesis will be tested. 
* Quality assurance/quality control plan.
* Discussion of the link to human health effects.
* Relevance to CHEEC's mission. 
* Brief timeline of research activities. 
* Detailed budget - a narrative justification should be appended. 
* Discussion of potential for further grant support.
3). Appendices 
Budget narrative
2 page CV of principal investigator(s) and key personnel. Please list currently funded research AND previous funded research relevant to the seed submission.
Further supporting documentation (letters of support, past history of funding from CHEEC, etc).

Projects involving human subjects should include a statement indicating the project will undergo the appropriate Human Subjects Review process (when human subjects approval is received, a copy of the approval notification should be sent to CHEEC). Funds may be used to support students and support personnel, and to purchase supplies and equipment. No faculty salary support is allowed. Travel necessary to conduct the study is allowed. Travel to conferences/professional meetings is not allowed with grant funds.

Researchers who have received past CHEEC funding should list the year and the title of the research funded. If the current submission is for a similar line of research, describe how it differs from past funded projects.

Proposals must arrive at CHEEC by 5:00 p.m., January 10, 2017 in order to be considered. 
Awards will be announced by March 15, 2017.
Proposals can be sent as email attachments to or can be sent by U.S. mail to

Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination 
The University of Iowa
455 Van Allen Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242

For more information on the Seed Grant Program:
Peter Weyer
(319) 335-4014