Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing Safety and Health Research (UO1)


The Research Office, Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing Safety and Health Research program.

Research Office Letter of Intent submission deadline: Monday, July 7, 2014

Agriculture, forestry and fishing continue to rank among the most hazardous industries in the US. (National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries) Data for 2005-2009, indicate that overall fatality rates for workers in agriculture (farming, ranching, forestry, logging and fishing) continue to be at least 6-10 times greater than U.S. workers in general. Fatality rates for parts of these industries (commercial fishing, logging) are often much higher than U.S. workers in general. Overall fatality rates in agriculture typically exceed those for occupations traditionally known as dangerous, such as mining and construction.

Farmers and agricultural workers are also at high risk for nonfatal injuries, work-related lung diseases, noise-induced hearing loss, skin diseases, and certain cancers associated with chemical use and prolonged sun exposure. Farming is one of the few industries in which families (who often share the work and live on the premises) are also at risk for injuries, illness, and death.

Logging in particular has consistently been one of the most hazardous industries in the US. In 2008, the logging industry employed 86,000 workers, and accounted for 93 deaths which resulted in a fatality rate of 108.1 deaths per 100,000 workers. This rate is over 30 times higher than the overall fatality rate in the US in 2008 (3.5 deaths per 100,000). This excessive risk for fatal work injuries points to a need for prioritizing surveillance, research and intervention programs to make this industry less hazardous

Limit Summary: Only one application per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number) is allowed

In an effort to provide the highest level of excellence and viability for funding, a review process will be put in place if more than one proposal is submitted. The finalist will be asked to represent Oregon State University and to submit their proposal to the NIH-Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing Safety and Health Research program by the NIH letter of intent deadline of September 26, 2014. The full application is due by October 31, 2014

Information:  Mary Phillips, Director, Office for Research Development at

General guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office:

COVER SHEET (1 page)

  • Solicitation Name and Descriptive Title
  • Project Summary:  3 or 4 sentences or bullet points that provide an overview of the objective of your proposed research, how you plan to do it, and the expected outcome.
  • Unique Aspects:  3 or 4 sentences or bullet points that highlight how your research/approach is different/better.
  • Key PI/co-PIs:  5 or 6 sentences or bullet points that highlight team expertise as it relates to the project.
  • Budget:  Example:  The total cost of the project is anticipated to be $ X, with $ Y being requested from the NIH.  NIH funds will be used for: $ A for personnel; $ B for operations, and $ C for broader impacts/subcontracts etc. 
  • Justification for NIH support: One paragraph explaining why this research fits with the RFP and strategic goals of NIH. 



  • Problem statement - Clear and concise statement of 1) research question(s) and how the project will address the research question(s); 2) what technical barriers need to be overcome to perform the research; and 3) how the proposed research can lead to the advancement of research/knowledge in this area.
  • Conceptual framework:  Conceptual framework describing, for example, how the synthesis of various project components, approaches, and participant expertise are linked together to address the problem of interest.  Graphics may be used.
  • Proposed activities: Describe the project to be undertaken and provide the technical specifications of the research activities and timelines that will be undertaken.
  • Expected results: Describe the outcome you anticipate from the research. (Remember your initial motivation for wanting to do this!)
  • Peer Groups: Who else is doing something similar, why their discoveries are useful for you, and what discriminates you.
  • Broader Impact/Metrics for Success: What metrics are the most appropriate for evaluating the success of the proposed project (e.g., peer-reviewed papers, policy-directed efforts, databases, models, development of new resources, etc.)? If successful, who would most likely use the knowledge or tools developed?
  • Fundraising:  List any matching fund requests, industry commitments etc.  List any similar current proposals pending.


Suggested Reviewers: (1 page) Optional – but as you write envision who might be a reviewer of your proposal or the Program Officer.

  • Reviewer 1: Area of expertise
  • Name
  • Title
  • Contact
  • State why you think this person would be a good reviewer.



Monday, July 7, 2014
Date Open: 
Thursday, June 5, 2014
National Institutes of Health