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Rapid Response Pilot Project Application

The Michigan Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) Center announces support to initiate new research projects or to extend existing projects that aim to define, explain, or mitigate impacts of environmental exposures during vulnerable stages of life. Projects that aim to include, develop, or expand research-community partnerships are encouraged. Additional information about the M-LEEaD Center and this Pilot Project Program can be found on the Center’s website (

Short-Term Rapid Response Pilot Project Grant:

Rapid Response pilot project funding objectives:

The objective of this RFA is to provide short-term small research grants to stimulate new directions and enhance current projects relevant to impacts of environmental exposures during vulnerable stages of life. The M-LEEaD Center especially encourages proposals that will use the funds to complete an ongoing study for publication, acquire preliminary data supporting a grant application to an external funding agency, or include research-community partnerships.

Funding Period: December 11, 2017 – March 31, 2018 
Budgets should be prepared with a start date of December 11, 2017 and an end date of March 31, 2018. Awarded funds must be spent by March 31, 2018. This is a short-term Rapid Response pilot project.

Eligibility: Any member of the University of Michigan Faculty (tenure-track or research track) is eligible to apply as Principal Investigator (PI). A proposal should have only a single PI.

Amount: Standard project budget requests may be up to $3,600, with at least half of the proposed budget used for M-LEEaD core services. It is anticipated that 6-7 awards will be made.


Final grant applications: November 21, 2017
Please follow this link for more details. Applications should be submitted electronically through the M-LEEaD website at ( ).

Upcoming Events:

            12/05/2017- Noon - Room 3755 SPH I       
      Kelly Bakulski (Research Ass’t Prof, EPID) 

Supporting Multidirectional Communication between EHSCC Scientists and Decision Makers Administrative Supplement

In September 2017, the Community Outreach and Engagement Cores of the Environmental Health Science Core Centers of Wayne State University, Texas A&M University and University of Michigan were awarded an administrative supplement to work together to assure that environmental health science reaches decision makers across multiple levels of government to inform decision making, and that environmental health science is informed by the concerns of decision makers. The multi-center collaborative supplement aims to strengthen capacity amongst Center researchers to respond to information requests from decision makers and to work more effectively with them to respond to needs for accurate scientific information for problem solving around environmental health issues.

“From the Bottom Up” Film Premiere and Panel Discussion
The MLEEaD COEC supported the film premiere and panel discussion of “From the Bottom Up: Climate Action in Detroit” on October 24th at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Emerging from the work of the Detroit Climate Action Collaborative and directed by Diane Cheklich, an award-winning filmmaker, From the Bottom Up: Climate Action in Detroit documents the challenges and opportunities of developing a cross-sector plan to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt in ways that protect residents’ health across Detroit’s changing landscapes. Viewers heard about the actionable strategies that are planned and underway from the environmental justice advocate leading this work, as well as from residents, small business leaders, a city council member and scholars—all echoing an urgent call to action. The viewing was followed by a lively panel discussion with representatives of Detroit communities, Detroit Vegan Soul, City of Detroit, General Motors, and the University of Michigan School of Public Health (MLEEaD Integrated Health Sciences Core Co-lead Marie O’Neill).
Upcoming COEC Sponsored Legislative Event

Great Lakes Water Science and Solutions Legislative Luncheon

The Community Outreach and Engagement Cores (COECs) of the Wayne State University Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES) and the University of Michigan Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease Center (MLEEaD) and the University Research Corridor are jointly sponsoring a legislative luncheon and panel discussion on December 5th in Lansing. This panel will focus on water issues facing the Great Lakes, with a particular focus on Michigan. Researchers from Michigan State University, University of Michigan and Wayne State University will present research regarding challenges to drinking water and storm water removal systems, water-saving green infrastructure strategies that can address those challenges while improving the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem, and the implications of significant water withdrawals from aquifers in Michigan and relevant legal and policy issues.


Nick Schroek, Assistant Professor
Director of Transnational Law Clinic
Wayne State University Law School

Joan Nassauer, Professor
School for Environment and Sustainability
University of Michigan

Patricia Norris, Professor
College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Michigan State University

Please Contact Community Outreach & Engagement Core's (COEC) Project Coordinator, Sharon Sand at for more information.

Click here for a PDF with useful information about NIH Public Access Policy regarding citing the center grant.

Per NIH grants policy, all publications, press releases, and other documents relevant to research funded by the center must include a specific acknowledgement of support. For the EHS Core Center, this statement may read:

“Support for this research was provided by grant P30ES017885 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”
Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD)

School of Public Health | Copyright © 2017 Regents of the University of Michigan

Support for this center is provided by grant P30ES017885 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health

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