The International Affairs Committee’s Emerging Economy Projects Fund has been established to increase understanding and build capacity for occupational hygiene in developing economies around the world. Project proposals will be reviewed by the IAC Microgrants Subcommittee, weighed against established criteria, and priority ranked. The subcommittee will weigh available funds budgeted in the current fiscal year against 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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: DECEMBER 31, 2021 (11:59 p.m. Eastern)

Purpose​​

The intent of this procedure is to provide transparency and consistency for the submission, review and selection of project and training grant recipients.

Scope​

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 where appropriate solicit, educate, and encourage potential recipients to apply. For each proposal submitted, the IAC subcommittee will comprise a team of impartial applicant reviewers (target 3 to 7). Care will be taken to ensure that review team members are not associated with grant applicants or the associated organizations in any meaningful way. Project/training proposals will be reviewed by the review team, weighed against established criteria, and priority ranked. The team will weigh available funds budgeted in the current fiscal year against those projects that show the most promise in achieving their stated goals. The project review team will prepare a selection and funding rational document to describe why some projects and amounts were selected, and others were rejected or not fully funded. Final recommendations will be prepared and presented by the CEO to the AIHA 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. During the fall each year, AIHA will announce an open call for applications.
  3. Based on the approved AIHA operating budget (approved by the Board in mid-November), the IAC subcommittee will then be tasked with reviewing all applications received by a specific deadline, typically late January to mid-February.

Reviewers have an ethical responsibility to disclose any conditions which might affect their impartiality in reviewing a proposal, and if appropriate recuse themselves from the role. Reviewers will be provided the grant submission application to complete for each project that they are assigned.

A list of ranking criteria and short descriptions are provided here;

Organization Eligibility

A 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.

Stand Alone Project Addressing Primary Prevention Consistent with AIHA Goals

The stand-alone project should be a discrete endeavor within other organizational activities and clearly describe how it will promote occupational health and safety through education, research, and development.

Development and Promotions of the Industrial/Occupational Hygiene Profession

Support for development and research projects necessary to solve occupational health problems and improve working conditions. Capacity building through education, training, and outreach.

Projects Addressing Known or Potential Worker Health Issues

Research on hazardous workplace exposures and outcomes, development of control methods to minimize associated workplace risks.

Requested Support Does Not Exceed $3,500

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 specific project has a high likelihood that it can achieve stated objectives within required project timeframe limits (one year from funding).

Sources of Proposal Support, Technical Assistance, and Collaboration

The project describes how it may fit into a larger picture of regional development through other support and organizations.

Ability to Improve Public Health, Achieve Results, Feasibility, Practicality

Whether through prior AIHA microgrant projects or other means, projects or organizations that can show past experience and success in goal-oriented projects receive a higher ranking.

  1. Reviewers will complete the grant scoring sheet with the appropriate score based on their opinions after reading each grant proposal.
  2. The IAC Micro-grant Subcommittee review team will then prepare its final recommendations based on composite scoring and available budgeted funds. The group will strive to complete all work within 30 days of application receipt for submission to the AIHA executive office, which will then disseminate to the Board for final approval. Board approval is anticipated to occur during its annual first quarter meeting (late February/early March).
  3. Additional guidelines and information:
    1. There are no defined $ limits per project; however, the AIHA Board prefers that more than one (1) project be considered per year (funding cycle). As these are “microgrants”, the intent is that projects will each be in the range of $500 - $3,500 US dollars.
    2. Funds will be disbursed during the calendar year in which the activities are being conducted. Projects should be designed on a 12-month cycle and completed within this time (which may not 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).
    3. All grant recipients are required to provide periodic updates or brief reports on how the funds are being, or have been spent. By around January of the calendar year following the initial award and receipt of monies recipients will be asked to submit a short final report. The more comprehensive and informative the reports are will improve the likelihood of receiving 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.

​For questions or more information or if there is a conflict of interest, please email Gouhar Nayeem.

Emerging Economy Project Fund Application Form

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