Blacksmith Institute Small Research Grants 2013
Call for Proposals

Blacksmith Institute announces Small Research Grants 2013. The program seeks to understand the scope, effects and remediation of toxic pollution in countries belonging to WHO Mortality Strata B, C, D and E . The program will fund small research projects in 2013, with an emphasis on publishing findings.


Blacksmith Institute invites research proposals encompassing point source pollution, related health impacts, environmental control and/or remediation technology. Pollutants of interest include heavy metals, pesticides, radionuclides, dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), air particulates (PM10 and PM2.5), and other severe and persistent toxins. Proposals focusing on lead, chromium, cadmium, mercury, radionuclides or arsenic are particularly encouraged.

Projects relating to the following will not be funded:

  • greenhouse gases or climate change impacts, adaptation or vulnerability,
  • sewage and non-toxic municipal waste,
  • ambient air pollution (such as particulates from power plants and vehicles)
  • biological or chemical oxygen demand (BOD and COD),
  • noise pollution,
  • pollution which has no potential human health impact, or for which there is no pathway to humans.

Research must relate to countries that belong to WHO Mortality Strata B, C, D or E1.


All types of institutions are eligible to apply. Individuals are eligible to apply. Small Research Grants are open to all nationalities and disciplines. Doctoral and postdoctoral candidates, and applicants from countries that belong to WHO Mortality Strata B, C, D or E1 are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants seeking to write up existing research, or complete partially completed research are eligible to apply. Applicants who intend to submit findings for publication in a peer-reviewed journal are especially encouraged to apply. In all cases, applicants must show proof of sufficient research capacity.


Awards for Small Research Grants are up to USD2,500. Projects must be completed by February 28, 2013. Deadline for application is Friday, January 4, 2013.

Application Requirements:

Applications for Blacksmith Institute Small Research Grants should be no longer than 4 pages and include:

  • Administrative information (details of applicants, including past experience, research and qualifications)
  • Research proposal (study rationale, objectives/testable hypotheses, study design, methods (field, laboratory, data management, statistical analysis), expected outcomes and results dissemination, including plans for publication)
  • Proposed budget
  • Note: budget and references/citations do not count towards the 4 page limit

Review Criteria:

Grant selection will be based on (note: not in order of importance):

  • Relevance and originality of the research questions
  • Public health significance
  • Internal validity, scientific rigor of proposed methods
  • Ethical considerations
  • Budget and value for money
  • Potential for publication

Conditions of Grant:

For institutional applicants, evidence of approval from the host institution is required (note: letters of support do not count towards the 4 page limit). Both project and financial reports will be required at the end of the funding period. Awardees are responsible for ensuring that ethical issues relating to the research project, if any, are identified and brought to the attention of Blacksmith Institute. In particular, if the proposed research involves human subjects (see U.S. definition of human subjects research), applicants must demonstrate proof of approval by the appropriate human subjects ethical review authority in the host country (note: approval letter(s) from human subjects research authority(ies) does not count towards the 4 page limit). Applicants are also responsible for disclosing any potential conflict of interest at the time of application.

Application Submission:

Please send proposals and direct questions to Sandy Page-Cook at . Unless otherwise indicated, information contained in the application is regarded as confidential.


Closing date for applications: January 4, 2013
Applicants notified: No later than January 31, 2013
Projects completed: No later than August 31, 2013
Final reports due (one month after project completion): No later than September 30, 2013