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RFA 20-2 Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award

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RFA 20-2

This award supports creative junior investigators, at the Assistant Professor or equivalent level, with outstanding promise who are interested in the health effects of air pollution. RFA 20-2 provides up to 3 years of funding for a project relevant to HEI's research interests, as outlined in the HEI Strategic Plan 2020-2025.  The preliminary application stage of this RFA is now closed. 

RFA 20-2 Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award (updated 7/14/21) provides funding for one or two studies with a funding cap of $500,000 each. 
How to Apply

*** Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions before contacting HEI staff. Thank you! ***



Applicants should submit a Preliminary Application using the form provided, and describe the title, scientific rationale, study aims, study design and approach, statistical methods, and anticipated results in 4 pages. The Preliminary Application should also briefly discuss the applicant’s eligibility and include a biographical sketch for the PI (maximum two pages) and a list of proposed mentors (no biosketches needed). This Award supports the candidate and junior staff; senior co-investigators are not allowed on the application except as consultants (e.g. biostatistics) or mentors (unpaid). We may contact the applicant if we have questions about his/her eligibility and/or the topic of the proposal.

For the biosketch, applicants can use HEI form F-9 or another format, as long as it is no longer than 2 pages. For details check out the application instructions.

Preliminary Applications should be submitted by email in PDF format to (subject line: PI last name RFA 20-2 Preliminary Application) no later than MARCH 24, 2021. HEI will acknowledge receipt of the application. Applicants will be informed whether to submit a full application by early July 2021.


Investigators invited to submit a Full Application should use forms F‐1 to F‐12 and consult the Instructions for Completing the Application. Note that there is a separate set of forms for this Award; Form F-12 is optional. Please note that the required font size is 11 point with 1-inch margins, single-spaced. The application forms should be turned into a PDF with appropriate bookmarks before submitting. Please check our website for updates. Letters of recommendation can be included with the application or sent separately to HEI.

Full applications for RFA 20-2 (by invitation only) should be submitted to (subject line: PI last name RFA 20-2 Full Application) no later than SEPTEMBER 28, 2021. After submission, please notify our Science Administration Assistant ( of your submission; do not attach the PDF documents to this second email. (This step is to ensure we detect any potentially bounced messages due to file size or other issues.) HEI will acknowledge receipt of the application. Applicants will be notified of the funding decision by early November 2021.

Preliminary Application Due Date: 
March 24, 2021
Full Application Due Date: 
September 28, 2021

Ongoing studies funded under this RFA

George Mason University

The primary objective of this Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award study is to create fine-scale daily PM2.5 source impacts from major source and fuel categories from 2011-2020. This objective builds on recent work developing fine-scale daily air pollution exposure products in the United States, which have driven recent epidemiological studies on air pollution health effects.

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