A significant portion of the Center's funding is allocated for Pilot Projects. Pilot projects are particularly important to the Center because they foster innovative research, help to broaden membership, and facilitate collaborations between research groups that might not otherwise occur. The goals of the MIT CEHS Pilot Project Program are to achieve the following:
- Provide initial support for new investigators to establish research in the area of environmental health.
- Allow established investigators to explore innovative new directions in environmental health research representing a significant departure from ongoing funded research.
- Stimulate investigators from diverse fields of endeavor to apply their expertise to environmental health research.
- Encourage and foster multi-disciplinary research collaborations.
- Provide an opportunity for investigators to take move their basic research to the translational level.
Pilot projects funded focus on preliminary investigation in an area of environmental health science and toxicology that can be completed within one year. Funding is available to all CEHS members, to all members of the MIT faculty, and under appropriate circumstances to investigators in the wider Boston and Cambridge research community.