The Pilot Projects Program (PPP) is an important benefit of CEHS membership. Since the inception of the Center, the PPP has been viewed as a central activity of the Center. The mission of the PPP is to provide seed money to Center members to enhance their ability to obtain outside funding In a new innovative area of environmentally related research, preferably In a multi-disciplinary context. As described below, the program has been used primarily to foster the development of: (1) junior faculty who are developing a research program in an area of environmental health research of relevance to the Center;(2) to assist senior faculty members shift to new areas of environment research;(3) attract new investigators to apply their expertise to an environmentally related health problem;and (4) physician/scientists.
These aims have driven our annual Program, including the announcements of the availability of the pilot project awards, the application review process, as well as the selection of pilot project awardees. The ultimate goal of the pilot project program is to invest in and support the development of investigators that will generate external funding to address significant problems in environmental health. To this end, our award recipients have been very successful in obtaining funding for applications subsequently submitted to external agencies, usually utilizing data generated as part of the PPP, despite the modest amount of each single pilot project award (see below). The Center's investment of $1,294,297 (for years 2001 through 2008) has yielded more than 28 times that amount of direct funding (= $36,931,902) to PPP Awardees from external sources, as shown below. In addition, publications resulting from the PPP awards continue to increase (n = 56), also shown below. These successes of our PPP investigators are reviewed below under the section on "Accomplishments."

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Rummo, Pasquale E; Albrecht, Sandra S; Gordon-Larsen, Penny (2015) Field validation of food outlet databases: the Latino food environment in North Carolina, USA. Public Health Nutr 18:977-82
Edwards, Sharon E; Maxson, Pamela; Miranda, Marie Lynn et al. (2015) Cadmium levels in a North Carolina cohort: Identifying risk factors for elevated levels during pregnancy. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol 25:427-32
Angelon-Gaetz, K A; Richardson, D B; Lipton, D M et al. (2015) The effects of building-related factors on classroom relative humidity among North Carolina schools participating in the 'Free to Breathe, Free to Teach' study. Indoor Air 25:620-30
Richardson, Andrea S; Meyer, Katie A; Howard, Annie Green et al. (2014) Neighborhood socioeconomic status and food environment: a 20-year longitudinal latent class analysis among CARDIA participants. Health Place 30:145-53
Smith, Genee S; Schoenbach, Victor J; Richardson, David B et al. (2014) Particulate air pollution and susceptibility to the development of pulmonary tuberculosis disease in North Carolina: an ecological study. Int J Environ Health Res 24:103-12
Wen, Wanqing; Zheng, Wei; Okada, Yukinori et al. (2014) Meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies in East Asian-ancestry populations identifies four new loci for body mass index. Hum Mol Genet 23:5492-504
Fry, Rebecca C; Rager, Julia E; Bauer, Rebecca et al. (2014) Air toxics and epigenetic effects: ozone altered microRNAs in the sputum of human subjects. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 306:L1129-37
Bradshaw, Patrick T; Ibrahim, Joseph G; Khankari, Nikhil et al. (2014) Post-diagnosis physical activity and survival after breast cancer diagnosis: the Long Island Breast Cancer Study. Breast Cancer Res Treat 145:735-42
Stingone, Jeanette A; Luben, Thomas J; Daniels, Julie L et al. (2014) Maternal exposure to criteria air pollutants and congenital heart defects in offspring: results from the national birth defects prevention study. Environ Health Perspect 122:863-72
Harmon, Quaker E; Engel, Stephanie M; Wu, Michael C et al. (2014) Polymorphisms in inflammatory genes are associated with term small for gestational age and preeclampsia. Am J Reprod Immunol 71:472-84

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