The NIEHS funds a substantial portfolio of research in the field of environmental health sciences conducted by investigators in many disciplines from various agencies, universities, and organizations. These extramural research activities span the range from basic mechanistic research, research involving laboratory animal models and systems, to clinical and epidemiologic studies using human subjects. NIEHS-supported investigators are currently determining how environmental agents cause or exacerbate a variety of human diseases and disorders. Grant applications are reviewed, awarded and administered by the Division of Extramural Research and Training.
The NIEHS is also committed to developing the next generation of environmental health scientists. The Institute employs funding strategies aimed at introducing talented people at all educational levels to the fields of environmental health sciences and supports a variety of interdisciplinary training programs.