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RFIQ 21-3: Studies of Air Pollution and Health Effects in India

RFIQ 21-3

Request for Statements of Information and Qualification (RFIQ) 21- 3 seeks to identify and fund scientific teams to conduct epidemiologic studies of exposure to air pollution and cardiovascular and respiratory disease or other relevant health outcomes in India.


NOTE: In light of the growing COVID-19 cases in India, the deadline for submission of statements for air pollution & health effects research in India under HEI RFIQ 21-3 has been extended to February 11, 2022.


Topics of interest include:  

  • Exposure to air pollution during high-pollution events (i.e., air pollution episodes) and mortality or other health outcomes 
  • Exposure to air pollution and health outcomes in the first 1,000 days after birth (fetal growth, birth weight, lung growth, child development, and stunting, cognitive development, etc.) 
  • Long-term exposure to air pollution and all-cause and cause-specific mortality (e.g., mortality due to cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], stroke, cancer, and diabetes)
  • Short-term exposure to air pollution and mortality due to cardiovascular disease, COPD, stroke, cancer, diabetes, etc. 
  • Long-term exposure to air pollution and incidence of cardiovascular disease and respiratory diseases, such as COPD, stroke, cancer, diabetes, etc.    
RFIQ 21-3: Studies of Air Pollution and Health Effects in India provides funding for up to 2-3 studies ranging between $75,000-$200,000 each.
How to Apply

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Applicants should submit a Statement using the guidance provided in the RFIQ. In the statement, please describe the scientific team including the PI(s) and co-PI(s) including specific fields of expertise, available datasets, project title, and proposed timeline and anticipated results in no more than 10 pages. The Statements should be submitted by email in PDF format to (subject line: PI last name RFIQ 21-3 Statement) no later than FEBRUARY 11, 2022, 11:59 PM IST. HEI will acknowledge receipt of the application.


A limited number of applicants will be invited to submit full applications in February or March 2022.  

Forms & Other Information

RFIQ 21-3 and Instructions

Preliminary Application Due Date: 
February 11, 2022