SBIR E-learning for HAZMAT and Emergency Response (R43/R44)
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SBIR E-learning for HAZMAT and Emergency Response (R43/R44)
This SBIR FOA focuses on the development of e-learning training products that assist both students and instructors with a variety of delivery platforms. Note that all products must be directly related to the health and safety training of workers exposed to hazardous (HAZMAT) materials such as chemical, biological, or radiological substances. Occupations that encompass workers exposed to these hazards include, but are not limited to, workers cleaning up Superfund sites, skilled support personnel, waste treatment personnel, emergency responders in biosafety response, emergency responders in disasters, and environmental restoration, waste treatment, and emergency response activities at sites in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear weapons complex .
NIEHS encourages applicants to this SBIR FOA to review the relevant program documentation, to pursue partnerships and collaboration with awardees of the WTP program (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/careers/hazmat/about_wetp/), and to design new Advanced Technology Training (ATT) (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/careers/hazmat/about_wetp/att/index.cfm) or e-learning products that can extend the existing NIEHS supported curricula and training programs into the digital world while adhering to the Minimum Training Criteria for WTP. Applications to assist NIEHS with its internal management and operations are not encouraged under this SBIR FOA. To avoid being non-responsive to this SBIR FOA, applicants must review the descriptions of current and prior NIEHS SBIR awards found at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/careers/hazmat/about_wetp/att/sbir/index.cfm and http://www.niehs.nih.gov/careers/hazmat/about_wetp/att/sbir_current/index.cfm, and avoid duplicating the curricula and subject matter content of these awards. An exemption is allowed for those applications that are highly innovative. Note: When applying to this FOA, please address Human Subjects Concerns and exemptions appropriately (i.e., surveys, questionnaires, etc.). Information on Human Subjects and allowable exemptions can be found at https://humansubjects.nih.gov/walkthrough-investigator#pre-submission.
The following three areas describe the type of products that will be supported under this SBIR FOA.
A. Products to support e-teaching in safety and health training:
E-teaching in safety and health training encompasses products that assist trainers/instructors in developing and delivering safety and health training for a number of environments ranging from classroom to remote learning situations. Potential products include, but are not limited to, products aimed at peer-trainers or worker-trainers; trainers needing assistance with language, literacy, or cultural differences in the classroom; trainers needing assistance in developing small group activities and other teaching methodologies, and technology applications for broadcasting safety and health classes and resources to remote learners. In addition to the above and to specific DOE safety concerns, potential products aimed at workers at the DOE nuclear weapons complex might also include products to assist training workers on rights and responsibilities and other DOE policies; on addressing Native American cultural and language concerns; and on the development of safety cultures within the complex.
B. Products to support e-learning in safety and health training:
E-learning in safety and health training involves technology deployment to provide individualized or small group based training in learning centers, in a technology-enabled "smart classroom" or to a learner's desktop, cell phone, laptop, or tablet. This might also utilize social media applications. As an ATT option, e-learning is used to enable individualized learning, at the learners' convenience and own pace, prior to, as part of, after, or in place of classroom training. Potential products include, but are not limited to, the creation of topic oriented products that address clearly identified health and safety issues involving hazardous materials and emergency and disaster response.
C. Products to support the health and safety training of researchers responding to disasters, disaster emergency response training and resiliency training:
Important environmental health research can only be done during the response to, and recovery from, a major disaster (http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/wetp/index.cfm?id=556). In the aftermath of numerous disasters, a number of topical areas and questions have been identified including those that, if addressed, would impact recovery, as well as future preparedness efforts. These topics included resilience, biosafety response, infectious disease training and cleanup, the public health and healthcare system response, mold mitigation and health issues, characterization of the morbidity, disability, and mortality among impacted populations (including behavioral health outcomes, and outcomes for responders), disaster research responder education and training, communications, and the use of social media. In addition, numerous disasters have made clear that the term 'responder' often applies to citizens helping their neighbors and communities during and recovering from these events. Thus, there is likely a need for short, incident specific awareness training that can be delivered during the disaster recovery period including training on issues such as confined spaces, blood borne pathogens, personal protective equipment, hazard assessment, fire watch, first aid/CPR, site safety, working around heavy equipment, physical threats such as heat stress, fatigue, shift work, fall protection, and psychological stress (http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/wetp/index.cfm?id=2528). ATT tools to provide training in this area will also be considered. Please note that the WTP is a training program, and we are looking for ways to enhance this training using advanced technologies. Though the WTP does support efforts to provide training to research responders (researchers responding to disasters to collect samples), it does not support research itself.
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