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Funding Opportunities

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 Winter 2014 Research Agenda , which includes RFPA 14-1, Enhancing Near-Road Exposure Assessment Through Characterization of Non-tailpipe and Tailpipe Emissions Near Urban Roads and in Tunnels, and RFA 14-2, Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award:

  • Request for Preliminary Applications 14-1: Enhancing Near-Road Exposure Assessment Through Characterization of Non-tailpipe and Tailpipe Emissions Near Urban Roads and in Tunnels CLOSED
    With this focused RFPA, HEI seeks preliminary applications for research in two areas that complement current and past research that HEI has supported to improve assessment of exposure to motor vehicle emissions:
    A) Characterization of the composition of non-tailpipe particulate emissions from the current vehicle fleet and their contribution to total near-road particulate matter, and
    B) Characterization of emissions changes as a result of changes in engine and emission control technologies and fuels in tunnel studies
    .
    RFPA 14-1 will provide funding for 1- to 2- year studies.

    Deadlines
    Letters of Intent: March 3, 2014; Applications: April 25, 2014

    For more information please contact Dr. Maria Costantini (+1 617 488 2302) or Dr. Hanna Boogaard (+1 617 488 2306).
  • Request for Applications 14-2: Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award CLOSED
    This award supports creative junior investigators interested in studying the health effects of air pollution. Applicants should be at the Assistant Professor or equivalent level and have outstanding promise to become leaders in their field. RFA 14-2 provides up to 3 years of funding for a project relevant to HEI's research interests. For eligibility criteria please click here.

    Deadlines
    Letters of Intent: April 22, 2014; Applications: June 3, 2014

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

Download the Winter 2014 RFA booklet with instructions on how to apply. For application forms please see below.


Full Application Forms F-1 through F-12 (Word file*).
Form F-2-NIA (Word file*, Rosenblith Award only).
Preliminary Application Form (Word file*).
*Note: 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 Ms. Margarita Shablya (+1 617 488 2345) and she 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)

HEI Strategic Plan 2010–2015

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, 1996-2013.


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