AIHA’s International Affairs Committee established its Emerging Economy Projects Fund to help build capacity for occupational hygiene in developing economies around the world. Project proposals, once submitted by the application deadline, will be reviewed by the IAC Microgrants Subcommittee, evaluated against established criteria, and priority ranked. The subcommittee will then weigh its available funds budgeted throughout the current fiscal year against the financial needs of those projects that show the most promise in achieving their stated goals. Final recommendations will be prepared and presented by the CEO to the AIHA Board of Directors for ultimate approval.

To access a list of AIHA funded organizations and projects over the past several years, click here.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59 P.M. ET DECEMBER 31, 2020

Purpose

The intent of this procedure is to provide transparency and consistency for the process of submitting, reviewing, and selecting project and training grant recipients

Scope and Overall Process

The IAC subcommittee is the first step in the grant application process. The application and screening criteria were developed by volunteer leaders of the IAC and approved by the AIHA Board. The role of the broader IAC in this process is to assist in promoting the grant program, report the outcomes of past projects, and—when appropriate—solicit, educate, and encourage potential recipients to apply. For each proposal submitted, the IAC subcommittee will comprise a team of 3–7 impartial applicant reviewers. Care will be taken to ensure that review team members are not associated with grant applicants or the associated organizations in any meaningful way.

The team will review proposals and assess them through the process outlined above: weighing the proposals against established criteria, ranking them by priority, and considered in the light of the subcommittee’s available funds. Then the project review team will prepare a selection and funding rationale document to explain their funding decisions. All those who submitted proposals for microgrants will receive a copy of the review team’s report. Final recommendations will be prepared and presented by AIHA’s CEO to the Board of Directors for ultimate approval.

Procedure

1. Each year AIHA will announce an open call for applications during the late summer.

2. Interested parties should complete the Emerging Economy Project Fund application form.

3. AIHA staff will send each submitter an email confirming receipt of the proposal. If a submitter has not received a confirmation email within 10 days of submitting their proposal on the website, the submitter should contact Laurie Mutdosch via email at lmutdosch@aiha.org.

4. Based on the AIHA operating budget approved by the Board in mid-November, the IAC subcommittee will then review all applications received by a deadline, typically in late January or mid-February. Reviewers have an ethical responsibility to disclose any fiduciary obligations or conditions which might affect their impartiality in reviewing a proposal, and recuse themselves from the role if appropriate. Reviewers will be provided the grant submission application under review and a scoring sheet to complete for each project that they are assigned. A list of ranking criteria and short descriptions are as follows:

  • Organization Eligibility—higher weighting is given to nonprofit, charity, non-government, academic, and philanthropic organizations. Corporations and individuals are not excluded from applying, but the benefits to the project recipients should clearly outweigh the benefits to the individual or company providing services.
  • Standalone Project Addressing Primary Prevention Consistent with AIHA Goals—the project promotes occupational health and safety through education, research, training, and development.
  • Development and Promotions of the Industrial/Occupational Hygiene Profession—the project supports the development and research of topics that are intrinsic to solving occupational health problems and improving working conditions and environments, or builds capacity for IH/OH efforts through education, research, training, and outreach. The project scope shall not have boundaries within the realm of the industrial and occupational health profession.
  • Projects Addressing Known or Potential Worker Health Issues—the project may address any emerging or ongoing concerns related to industrial or occupational health, including hazardous workplace exposures, outcomes, and emerging issues of control methods to minimize associated workplace risks.
  • Requested Support Does Not Exceed $3,500 per project—projects that can achieve AIHA goals with smaller overall budgets and still make significant impacts in regions of greatest need will receive higher ranking.
  • Adequately Describes Needs to Make Project Viable and Successful—the project has a high likelihood that it can achieve its stated objectives within required project timeframe limit of one year from receiving AIHA funding.
  • Sources of Proposal Support, Technical Assistance, and Collaboration—the project describes how it may work with other organizations and supports and how it fits into a larger picture of regional or host country development.
  • Project Feasibility, Practicality, and Ability to Achieve Results in Public and Environmental Health—whether through prior AIHA microgrant projects or other means, projects or organizations that can show past experience and success in goal-oriented projects will receive higher ranking.

5. Reviewers will complete the grant scoring sheet based on their opinions after reading each grant proposal.

6. The IAC subcommittee will then prepare its final recommendations based on composite scoring and available budgeted funds. The subcommittee will strive to complete all work within 30 days of application receipt. The AIHA executive office will then disseminate to the Board for final approval. Applicants can expect Board approval to occur during its annual first quarter meeting in late February or early March.

Additional Guidelines and Information

a. Grants range in amount from $500 to $3,500.

b. The AIHA Board wishes to fund as many projects as funding allows.

c. Funds will be disbursed during the calendar year in which the activities are to be conducted. Projects should be designed on a 12-month cycle and completed within this time, which may not necessarily match up against a calendar year timeframe. For some projects, activities may carry over from one year to the next—within the 12-month timeframe—with an explanation of the reasons.

d. All grant recipients are required to provide an update or brief report on how the funds are being or have been spent by December 15th of the calendar year of the initial award and receipt of monies. The more comprehensive and informative the reports, the greater the likelihood that the applicant receives funding on future projects. Reports should include descriptions of events or research conducted with results and outcomes. Photos of activities, conferences, or training events would also be helpful. Failure to report on activities in a timely manner may affect the recipient’s ability to be considered for future funding.

Instructions and Online Project/Training Application Form

Awards will be made based on available funding.

Thank you for submitting an International Project/Training Funding proposal for work in developing countries. The following information is required to complete a successful proposal submission:

  • Project contact or manager name and complete contact information
  • Names and complete contact information of up to two additional project team members
  • Project manager and additional team member resumes in a Word or PDF file format
  • Any official sponsorship or support of your proposal by any AIHA Volunteer Group committees, local sections, special interest groups, or other formal AIHA entities (official support is not required for submitting grant proposals)
  • A brief (400 words or fewer) project description and justification of how the project builds capacity for occupational hygiene, increases awareness of occupational hygiene in the subject country, or addresses a specific occupational health or hygiene problem; please consider the selection criteria described above in writing your project description
  • A summary project schedule of proposed activities and durations
  • A project budget to include all relevant associated costs for all team members, activities, and materials as independent line items

Please note:

  • Do not start the online submission process until you have all of the required information and time to complete the process. If you do not complete the process in one sitting, the system will not save the information and you will have to restart the process from the beginning.
  • To upload Word or PDF file format documents, please use the "choose file" option.
  • Application Deadline: December 31, 2020.

For question or more information, please email Laurie Mutdosch.