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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 16-1 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.

RFA 16-1 Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award provides funding for 1 or 2 studies with a funding cap of $450,000 each.


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.

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


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. 


The purpose of the Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award is to bring new, creative investigators into active research on the health effects of air pollution. It provides three years of funding for a small project relevant to HEI’s research interests to a new investigator with outstanding promise at the Assistant Professor or equivalent level. For information on HEI’s current research priorities, applicants should consult HEI’s current Strategic Plan.

The evaluation process for these applications will consider the qualifications and background of the applicant, the quality and relevance of the research proposal, and the research environment of the applicant. Fall 2014 RFA booklet


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. Fall 2014 RFA booklet

Read more about the studies funded under this RFA in this Program Summary.


The purpose of the Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award is to bring new, creative investigators into active research on the health effects of air pollution. It provides three years of funding for a small project relevant to HEI’s research interests to a new investigator with outstanding promise at the Assistant Professor or equivalent level. For information on HEI’s current research priorities, applicants should consult HEI’s current Strategic Plan.

The evaluation process for these applications will consider the qualifications and background of the applicant, the quality and relevance of the research proposal, and the research environment of the applicant. Winter 2014 RFA booklet


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.
 Winter 2014 RFA booklet


The purpose of the Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award is to bring new, creative investigators into active research on the health effects of air pollution. It provides three years of funding for a small project relevant to HEI’s research interests to a new investigator with outstanding promise at the Assistant Professor or equivalent level. For information on HEI’s current research priorities, applicants should consult HEI’s current Strategic Plan.

The evaluation process for these applications will consider the qualifications and background of the applicant, the quality and relevance of the research proposal, and the research environment of the applicant.
Winter 2013 RFA booklet


RFA 13-1 solicits applications for studies to improve quantification of the relationship between on-road motor vehicle emissions, near-road pollutant concentrations, and human exposures for health studies. RFA 13-1 provides funding for 2- to 3- year studies. 
Winter 2013 RFA booklet


The purpose of the Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award is to bring new, creative investigators into active research on the health effects of air pollution. It provides three years of funding for a small project relevant to HEI’s research interests to a new investigator with outstanding promise at the Assistant Professor or equivalent level. For information on HEI’s current research priorities, applicants should consult HEI’s current Strategic Plan.

The evaluation process for these applications will consider the qualifications and background of the applicant, the quality and relevance of the research proposal, and the research environment of the applicant.
Fall 2011 RFA booklet


RFA 11-1 solicits applications for studies designed to assess the health effects of actions to improve air quality and to develop methods required for, and specifically suited to, conducting such research. Preference will be given to (1) studies that evaluate regulatory and other actions at the national or regional level implemented over multiple years; (2) studies that evaluate complex sets of actions targeted at improving air quality in large urban areas and major ports with well documented air quality problems and programs to address them; and (3) studies that develop methods to support such health outcomes research.
Winter 2011 RFA booklet


The Health Effects Institute (HEI) is seeking a qualified statistical data analysis center to develop an analysis plan, manage data, and analyze data collected in a multicenter controlled ozone exposure study in human volunteers. The data will be collected in three centers in the United States. Each center will expose approximately 30-36 subjects. (See RFA 10-1 for more information.)
Request for Qualifications 2010


RFPA 10-3 provides a mechanism for investigators whose area of interest falls outside of the current RFAs but is compatible with the HEI research program and mission.


The purpose of the Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award is to bring new, creative investigators into active research on the health effects of air pollution. It provides three years of funding for a small project relevant to HEI’s research interests to a new investigator with outstanding promise at the Assistant Professor or equivalent level. For information on HEI’s current research priorities, applicants should consult HEI’s current Strategic Plan.

The evaluation process for these applications will consider the qualifications and background of the applicant, the quality and relevance of the research proposal, and the research environment of the applicant.
Fall 2010 RFA booklet


Two types of studies are sought to evaluate cardiovascular and respiratory effects in healthy human volunteers, aged 55 and above. In Phase 1, volunteers will be exposed to ozone alone, at concentrations between 60 and 100 ppb, in a controlled laboratory setting. In Phase 2, volunteers will be exposed to real-world ambient air pollution at sites with ozone concentrations comparable to those used in Phase 1. Interested scientists may apply for Phase 1, Phase 2, or both.
Winter 2010 RFA booklet


RFPA 09-5 provides a mechanism for investigators whose area of interest falls outside of the current RFAs but is compatible with the HEI research program and mission. For information on HEI’s current research priorities, applicants should consult HEI’s Strategic Plan 2010–2015.
Fall 2009 RFA booklet


The purpose of the Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award is to bring new, creative investigators into active research on the health effects of air pollution. It provides three years of funding for a small project relevant to HEI’s research interests to a new investigator with outstanding promise at the Assistant Professor or equivalent level. For information on HEI’s current research priorities, applicants should consult HEI’s current Strategic Plan.

The evaluation process for these applications will consider the qualifications and background of the applicant, the quality and relevance of the research proposal, and the research environment of the applicant.
Fall 2009 RFA booklet


Request for Statements of Information and Qualification (RFIQ) 09-3 seeks to identify scientific teams interested in conducting epidemiologic studies of long-term exposure to air pollution and chronic cardiovascular and respiratory disease in developing countries in Asia. The Institute intends to fund a limited number of such studies, conditional on the quality of potential research projects and availability of funds. The objective of this RFIQ is to assess the feasibility of such studies as an initial step in the funding process.
Spring 2009 RFA booklet


RFA 09-2 seeks proposals on the health effects of air pollution in developing countries in Asia with respect to 1) adverse reproductive outcomes, including low birth weight, pre-term birth, and birth defects, and/or 2) acute lower respiratory infection in children and other children’s health outcomes. As much as $400,000 will be available for studies funded under RFA 09-2. HEI expects to fund up to 3 studies, of up to roughly 2 years’ duration, at $150,000 to $200,000 per year. HEI’s International Scientific Oversight Committee (ISOC) may consider slightly higher budgets from particularly responsive proposals. Opportunities for cost-sharing / provision of matching funds are actively encouraged.
Spring 2009 RFA booklet


RFA 09-1 seeks proposals for the development of innovative statistical methods for the characterization of air pollutant mixtures and/or the study of the health effects of air pollution mixtures. As much as $750,000 will be available for studies funded under RFA 09-1. HEI expects to fund up to 3 studies at $100,000 to $150,000 per year. 
 Winter 2009 RFA booklet


The purpose of this award is to bring new, creative investigators into active research on the health effects of air pollution. It provides three years of funding for a small project relevant to HEI’s research interests to a new investigator with outstanding promise at the Assistant Professor or equivalent level. For information on HEI’s current research priorities, applicants should consult HEI’s current Strategic Plan.

HEI expects to provide one or more awards from this RFA this year and to continue the RFA for this award on an annual basis. The evaluation process for these applications will consider the qualifications and background of the applicant, the quality and relevance of the research proposal, and the research environment of the applicant.
RFA booklet Fall 2008


RFA 08-1 seeks proposals for studies that will take advantage of previously collected data on the concentrations of volatile organic compounds, carbonyls, and PM2.5 in indoor, outdoor, and personal air for subjects living in three urban centers with different pollution sources and weather. These data can be accessed on a publicly available web-based relational database. A total of $300,000 is available under this RFA; HEI hopes to fund 3-5 studies. 
Fall 2008 RFA booklet


The purpose of the Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award is to bring new, creative investigators into active research on the health effects of air pollution. It provides three years of funding for a small project relevant to HEI’s research interests to a new investigator with outstanding promise at the Assistant Professor or equivalent level. For information on HEI’s current research priorities, applicants should consult HEI’s current Strategic Plan.

The evaluation process for these applications will consider the qualifications and background of the applicant, the quality and relevance of the research proposal, and the research environment of the applicant.
Fall 2007 RFA booklet