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Requests for (Preliminary) Applications
Follow the links below to find the current and past RFAs and RFPAs, application forms, and instructions on how to fill out the forms.

Current HEI Research Agenda

HEI has issued its Fall 2014 Research Agendapic, which includes RFA 14-3, Assessing Health Effects of Long-term Exposure to Low Levels of Ambient Air Pollution, and RFA 14-4, Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award.

Request for Applications 14-3: Assessing Health Effects of Long-term Exposure to Low Levels of Ambient Air Pollution CLOSED

The Health Effects Institute (HEI) is seeking to fund studies to assess health effects of long-term exposure to low levels of ambient air pollution, including studies to evaluate all-cause and cause-specific mortality and morbidity endpoints. RFA 14-3 solicits studies to analyze and evaluate exposure-response function(s) for PM2.5 and other pollutants at levels currently prevalent in North America, Western Europe and other high-income regions and related questions about adverse health effects at low levels of ambient air pollution. In addition, RFA 14-3 solicits studies to develop methods required for, and specifically suited to, conducting such research. At the outset, HEI expects to fund a small number of large studies for up to 4 years. HEI also expects to fund some smaller-scale methods development studies.

Before funding full studies, HEI seeks to determine whether potential studies are feasible and likely to meet the stated objectives. Therefore, HEI requires that all respondents to this RFA first submit a preliminary application, so that the HEI Research Committee and outside consultants may evaluate their feasibility. Subsequently, applicants will be informed whether or not to submit a full application.

Deadlines: Preliminary Applications are due on February 16, 2015. Full Applications (if requested) are due on July 13, 2015.

Preliminary Application Form (Word file*)
Form F-8 Biosketch (Word file*).

Full Application Forms F-1 through F-12 (Word file*).

For more information please contact Dr. Aaron Cohen (+1 617 488 2325) or Dr. Hanna Boogaard (+1 617 488 2306).

Request for Applications 14-4: Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award CLOSED

This award supports creative junior investigators, at Assistant Professor or equivalent level, with outstanding promise who are interested in the health effects of air pollution. RFA 14-4 provides up to 3 years of funding for a project relevant to HEI's research interests. For eligibility criteria please click here. All applicants should contact HEI to discuss their eligibility and include a Curriculum Vitae with the Letter of Intent.

Deadlines: Letters of Intent (with CV) are due on March 2, 2015. Full Applications are due on April 6, 2015.

Full Application Forms F-1 through F-12 (Word file*).
Form F-2-NIA (Word file*, Rosenblith Award only).
Applicants should refer to the HEI Strategic Plan 2015-2020.

For more information please contact Dr. Geoffrey Sunshine (+1 617 488 2303).

*Note regarding the applications forms:
The preferred browsers to open and save the Word files are Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
If you use Internet Explorer, choose the option to save the file; when the filename is shown, CHANGE THE EXTENSION TO DOCX instead of ZIP. The DOCX file should open fine.
If you still encounter a problem with the forms please contact the HEI Webmaster and we will email the forms to you.

InstructionsPDF to fill out the application. (HTML format)

Project Negotiations and Investigator CommitmentsPDF (from the RFA booklet). Read about the scientific negotiation of project plans, the research agreement (contract), quality assurance program, progress reports, site visits, annual conference, final report, and publications. (HTML format)

Policy on follow-on applicationsPDF (from the RFA booklet). For HEI investigators who are nearing completion of their projects and would like to apply to HEI for funding to continue their research. (HTML format)

Quality assurance / quality control proceduresPDF (RFA booklet Appendix C) (HTML format)

Policy on the provision of access to data underlying HEI-funded studiesPDF (RFA booklet Appendix D) (HTML format) UPDATED

HEI Strategic Plan 2015–2020

Investigators' Guide.
HEI's Investigator's Guide contains important information for HEI-funded investigators who are getting ready to write the Final Report for their study. The Guide introduces HEI's review, editing, and publication process and lists requirements for submission of the report. The Guide also contains detailed instructions on reference and text styles, tables and illustrations, and submission of electronic art.

RFA archive: Past Requests for (Preliminary) Applications, 1996-2014.

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