Through the Foundation's proactive approach to research, it is emerging as a major player in national safety and health research.
Request for Proposed Research White Papers
The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation announces the Foundation Research Program, which will select one study to fund every three years. The scientific merit, efficacy of the research design and impact of the outcome of each proposal will be evaluated by the ASSE Foundation Research Committee.
One three-year award of up to $300,000 will be funded in 2015 (at $100,000/year for three years). This constitutes all available funding – researchers should expect to cover any student costs, salary costs and any overhead and fringe charged by the researcher’s institute or university.
The primary stated goal of this research program is to support the development of knowledge and/or innovative methods, systems and other appropriate interventions for advancing safety and health in the workplace. The research should assist safety and health professionals in mitigating the risks of injury and illness in the workplace. A secondary goal of this program is to help develop and grow research talent in the safety and health field.
Research white papers and subsequent selected full proposal focus areas will be based on the safety-related topics of the NIOSH-National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). White papers and then subsequent selected research proposals that address the needs identified by this recognized national research agenda will be accepted and given funding consideration. Individuals submitting proposals have the complete freedom to determine from this agenda the topic they wish to address in their proposal. The Foundation Research Committee will determine whether an individual white paper and then subsequent proposal (if white paper is selected for full proposal) responds to a NIOSH-NORA need. If a proposal does not address a NORA-defined need, it can still be considered based on perceived contribution to science and the health and safety field after significant discussion among the research committee and ASSEF Board of Trustees.
White Paper Stage
Those wishing to submit a full proposal must first submit a 5-8 page white paper detailing their proposed research, due October 1, 2014. The white paper should be a preliminary version of the full proposal format described below, except that contractual arrangements or letters of participation or support will not be necessary for the white paper stage and any IRB approvals can be sought only if your white paper is selected to move on for full proposal. However, if planning to work with industry partners or other outside entities, you should state this in the white paper. The Foundation Research Committee expects to select between 6-12 white papers. If your white paper is chosen, the Foundation Research Committee will request a full research proposal, due February 1, 2015.
White papers and full research proposals will be evaluated by the degree to which the described activity meets the following criteria:
High level of scientific merit
High level of analytical and statistical rigor (exceptions made for compelling descriptive or qualitative designs).
Measurability of results/outcomes
Efficient use of resources
Well-defined target population
Transferability to other work environments or generalizability across more than one industry sector
Extent to which the proposed research can be validated and whether or not the proposal defines and describes the validation process to be used.
Originality of proposal and level of innovation required and produced
Value of the research results and their potential impact on workplace health and safety (use and/or application)
Whether a proposed research team has the necessary qualifications, experience and resources to carry out the proposed research.
Research Proposal Format and Selection Criteria
The format for research proposals is the NIH Public Health Service Grant - PHS 398 format containing:
Research Strategy and Research Design (including the literature search driving the proposal and description of any preliminary data)
Budget and budget justification
Bibliography and References Cited
Protection of Human Subjects (as appropriate)
Targeted/Planned Enrollment Table
Principal Investigator Leadership Plan
Contractual Arrangements and Letters of Participation and/or Support
Please note, if human subjects are to be used, appropriate approval from a recognized Institutional Review Board must be obtained (but only if requested to write a full proposal – this step is not required for the white paper step) and it will be the responsibility of the researcher to obtain this approval. Evidence of this approval must be contained in the proposal (plans for use of human subjects should at least be described in the white paper).
Application and Selection Process
White Papers will be due October 1, 2014. They must be submitted by midnight and will only be accepted electronically by Brenda Kay Zylstra at email@example.com.
The Foundation Research Committee will alert researchers if they have been selected for full proposal stage by November 1, 2014.
Full proposals will be due February 1, 2015.
The selected applicant must be able to prepare a report suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal appropriate to the topic or in Professional Safetywithin six months of the completed project. All applications become the property of the ASSE Foundation. The decisions of the Board of Trustees and Research Committee are final.
Acknowledgement of Awards
Information on the award winner will be disseminated via ASSE and ASSE Foundation publications or other outlet as deemed appropriate.
For Further Information
Research studies funded by the ASSE Foundation include:
Grady T. Holman, Troy Blackburn and S. Maghsoodloo
DeArmond, Huang & Chen
Lloyd "Chip" Wade and Jerry Davis - Auburn University
Sorock, Lombardi, Peng, Hauser, Eisen, Herrick, Mittleman
Lincoln, Sorock, Courtney, Wellman, Smith, Amoroso
Paul Vinger, M.D. - Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston
Tracey Bernard, Ph.D and Linda Bouck, Ed.D - Murray State University
Daniel E. Della-Giustina, Ph.D. - West Virginia University
N. Kumar Kittusamy - Marshall University
Keith Molenaar, Ph.D. - University of Colorado
Paul Goodrum, P.E., Ph.D. - University of Kentucky
Jeffrey S. Casey, Raymond W. McGorry & Patrick G. Dempsey
Ray, Batson, Weems, Wan, Sorock, Matz, Cotnam