The Pilot/Feasibility Program is a key component of the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (SCCAHS). This program provides seed funds to stimulate original projects relevant to health and safety in the agricultural, forestry, and fishery (AFF) industries. The Pilot Program awards high-quality research that promotes collaboration between the Center and the Southeast partner communities and builds a nexus for mentorship and development of new/early-stage investigators as they aspire to establish independent research. Projects may include basic/etiologic research, translational research, intervention studies, and surveillance.
The goal is to provide seed support projects asking innovative or important questions that lay the groundwork for subsequent research grant submissions or interventions. Successful implementation of the Pilot/Feasibility Program will ultimately expand research in health surveillance, air quality, respiratory health, pesticide exposure, mental health, and health disparities of migrant and seasonal farmworkers and fishers. Some of the projects selected will be “high risk, high reward” novel ideas and approaches with limited preliminary data, but with the potential for having a major impact.