HEI is a nonprofit corporation chartered
in 1980 as an independent research organization to provide high-quality,
impartial, and relevant science on the health effects of air pollution.
Typically, HEI receives half of its core funds from the US Environmental
Protection Agency and half from the worldwide motor vehicle industry
(see HEI Sponsors). Other public and private
organizations periodically support special projects or certain research
To accomplish its mission, HEI
• Identifies the highest priority
areas for health effects research;
• Funds and oversees the conduct
of research projects;
• Provides intensive independent
review of HEI-supported and related research;
• Integrates HEI’s research
results with those of other institutions into broader evaluations;
• Communicates the results
of HEI research and analyses to public and private decision makers.
To this end, HEI has funded over 250
studies in North America, Europe, and Asia that have produced important
research to inform decisions on carbon monoxide, air toxics, nitrogen
oxides, diesel exhaust, ozone, particulate matter, and other pollutants.
The results of all endeavors have been published in over 200 Research
Reports and Special Reports. At
the urging of the World Health Organization and countries throughout
the world, HEI has extended its international research to help inform
air quality decisions in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere.
An independent Board
of Directors consists of leaders in science and policy who
are committed to the public–private partnership that is central
to HEI. The Health Research Committee works
with scientific staff to develop the Five-Year Strategic
with input from HEI’s sponsors and other interested parties,
select research projects for funding, and oversee their conduct.
The Health Review
Committee, which has no role in selecting or overseeing studies,
works with staff to evaluate and interpret the results of funded
studies and related research. All
project results and HEI Commentaries are widely communicated through
HEI’s home page, Annual Conferences, publications,
and presentations to legislative bodies and public agencies.
A third committee, the Special
Committee on Emerging Technologies, advises HEI on new technologies
and fuels, and their potential health and environmental impact.
Its membership was selected to provide a broad range of technical
expertise from government, industry, public interest, and academic
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