UCSF EaRTH Center Mini-Seedling Awards Program


The UCSF Environmental Research and Translation for Health (EaRTH) Center (NIEHS P30ES030284) is excited to announce the EaRTH Mini-Seedling Awards Program in Environmental Health Sciences. These awards are designed to enhance current research projects with an environmental health focus or to collect preliminary research data to support a NIH/NIEHS grant submission. These funds are intended to support activities that can commence upon disbursement of funds. These funds can be used toward specific EaRTH Core Services:

High-throughput Chemical Screening
Environmental Chemical Laboratory Biomonitoring Services
Integrated Health Sciences Facility Core Services

Please use the consultation request form or email [email protected] should you want to discuss options with the director of the interested service.


Seedling Awards support any research in the environmental health sciences that aligns with the theme of the EaRTH Center, which is to understand how exposure to environmental pollutants and/or environmental chemicals during development influence disease and to intervene and prevent exposures to improve health throughout the lifespan, especially among vulnerable and underserved populations. Exposures may include relevant environmental chemicals and food additives as well as factors that may affect biological responses to chemical/pollutant exposures such as psychosocial stress.



EaRTH Center members and affiliate members are eligible.



Apply at any time. Decisions will be made by the Executive Committee on an ongoing basis.


Regardless of funding decision date, all funds awarded this year and approved must be used by February 28, 2022, and any unused funds will be returned to the center on that date.  Carryforward of unobligated funds is not possible.



Budgets vary based on core service requested. These awards are for specific EaRTH Center core services and are not cash awards.



The Application must include:

  • A completed EaRTH Center application (captured via Qualtrics link below)
  • PI’s Biosketch (uploaded in Qualtrics) - you may reuse a biosketch from your last grant submission
  • Projects that require institutional approvals (e.g. IRB, IACUC) must provide a copy of those approvals if funding is awarded


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Reporting Requirements

The anticipated period of funded project performance will be June 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022. IRB/IACUC approval letters must be received as soon as possible to avoid any delays in funding. Funded projects will be expected to submit initial IRB applications immediately following the notice of award. All funded projects, along with IRB approval, must be reviewed and approved by NIEHS prior to the funding start date.


In addition, all Seedling Fund Awardees are required to submit a report at the end of the project. The final report will contain updates on the project, publications directly related to findings from the project, and grants directly associated with project results. Grantees may be asked to present a short oral presentation on progress at an EaRTH Center webinar, meeting or at the annual EaRTH Center Research Forum. Grantees will also understand they may be contacted after the service is complete for updates related to publications, grants, etc. that resulted from the service awarded.


All publications resulting from funding must include the following acknowledgement: "Support for this research was provided by core center grant P30-ES030284 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health."


Application Review and Selection

Applications will be reviewed by P30 EaRTH Center Executive Committee. Funding decisions are based on several factors – scientific review score, alignment of proposal with the EaRTH Center’s strategic goals, proposal research area of focus, conformity to stated guidelines, and potential for to lead to future successful NIEHS grant applications. Information on the EaRTH Center goals are available at earth.ucsf.edu. Applicants may be asked to consult with EaRTH Center Core Directors prior to funding decision.


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