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Current HEI Research Agenda

HEI has issued its Fall 2015 Research Agenda, which includes RFA 15-1, Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award, and RFPA 15-2, Health Effects of Air Pollution. Follow the links below to find the current and past RFAs, application forms, instructions on how to fill out the forms, and other important information about HEI's funding and research oversight processes.


Request for Applications 15-1: Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award NEW

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 15-1 provides up to 3 years of funding for a project relevant to HEI's research interests, as outlined in the HEI Strategic Plan 2015-2020. All applicants should contact HEI to verify their eligibility before applying. For eligibility criteria please click here.
RFA 15-1 provides funding for 1 or 2 studies with a funding cap of $450,000 each.
Download RFA 15-1 PDF

The submission and review of applications for RFA 15-1 will entail a two-stage process:

• Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent and Curriculum Vitae by February 1, 2016. All applicants are required to verify their eligibility with HEI before applying. HEI will not provide feedback on the letter of intent unless the proposed research topic is outside HEI’s mission. Letters of intent are not binding.

• Full applications should be submitted no later than April 1, 2016. All applicants are required to verify their eligibility with HEI before applying. Full applications will be reviewed by outside experts and the Research Committee and HEI’s feedback and final decision will be communicated by mid July. Please check the instructions for additional materials to be submitted.

Please scroll down for application forms and instructions. The RFA text (see link above) includes information on where to submit the application. For more information and to verify eligibility please contact Dr. Annemoon van Erp (+1 617 488 2346).


Request for Preliminary Applications 15-2: Health Effects of Air Pollution NEW

This RFPA provides an application mechanism for investigators whose area of interest falls outside of the topics targeted in other requests for applications from HEI. Of greatest interest is research that is relevant to HEI’s current priorities, as outlined in the HEI Strategic Plan 2015-2020.
RFPA 15-2 provides funding for two studies of up to 2 years or 2.5 years in duration, with a funding cap of $400,000 per study.

Download RFPA 15-2 PDF

The submission and review of applications for RFPA 15-2 will entail a two-stage process:

• Interested scientists should submit a preliminary application by February 1, 2016. The HEI Research Committee will discuss the preliminary applications and will provide feedback by the end of March.

• Full applications (by invitation only) should be submitted no later than September 1, 2016. Full applications will be reviewed by outside experts and the Research Committee and HEI’s feedback and final decision will be communicated by mid November.

Please scroll down for application forms and instructions. The RFPA text (see link above) includes information on where to submit the application. For more information please contact Dr. Katy Walker (+1 617 488 2310).


Forms and Instructions

The RFA text (see links above) includes information on where to submit the application.

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.

RFA 15-1: Full Application Forms F-1 through F-12 for Rosenblith Award (Word file)

RFPA 15-2: Preliminary Application Form (Word file)
PLEASE NOTE Clarification on this form: This form includes the cover page mentioned in the RFPA text. You can use the second half of the cover page to start writing the description of your proposal, thus technically using more than two pages for the proposal description (the limit mentioned in the RFPA text). Using this form, cover information and description should not exceed 3 pages.

Form F-9 Biographical Sketch (Word file)
Full Application Forms F-1 through F-12
(by invitation only, Word file)

InstructionsPDF for filling out the application forms.


Other Important Information

Project Negotiations and Investigator CommitmentsPDF
HEI's research oversight and review processes are different from those at many other funding agencies. Please familiarize yourself with the requirements before applying.
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.

HEI and its research programsPDF
Background information about HEI and how it operates with two independent Committees that make funding decisions and evaluate studies once they have been completed.

Policy on follow-on applicationsPDF
For HEI investigators who are nearing completion of their projects and would like to apply to HEI for funding to continue their research.

Appendix APDF Relevant sections of HEI's Strategic Plan 2015-2020

Appendix BPDF List of HEI funded studies (2005-2015)

Appendix CPDF Quality Assurance / Quality Control proceduresPDF

Appendix DPDF Policy on the provision of access to data underlying HEI-funded studies

HEI's Strategic Plan 2015-2020 PDF (complete document)


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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