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RFA 19-2 Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award

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RFA 19-2

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 19-2 provides up to 3 years of funding for a project relevant to HEI's research interests, as outlined in the draft HEI Strategic Plan 2020-2025. All applicants should contact HEI to verify their eligibility before applying by sending a full CV to Dr. Dan Crouse. For eligibility criteria please click here. The preliminary application stage of this RFA is now closed. 

RFA 19-2 Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award (updated 3/20/20) 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-8 or another format, as long as it is no longer than 2 pages. For details please visit

Preliminary Applications should be submitted by email in PDF format to (subject line: PI last name RFA 19-2 Preliminary Application) no later than APRIL 7, 2020 (extended deadline). HEI will acknowledge receipt of the application. Applicants will be informed whether to submit a full application by early July 2020.


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 19-2 (by invitation only) should be submitted to (subject line: PI last name RFA 19-2 Full Application) no later than SEPTEMBER 2, 2020. After submission, please notify our Science Administration Assistant (, +1-617-488-2345) 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 2020.

Preliminary Application Due Date: 
April 7, 2020
Full Application Due Date: 
September 2, 2020

Ongoing studies funded under this RFA

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

This New Investigator Award study seeks to provide novel exposure–response functions for the effects of long-term exposure to ultrafine particles on several mortality and morbidity outcomes, while adjusting for exposures to other traffic-related air pollutants, road traffic noise, and socioeconomic status. The study makes use of a new Danish cohort of 650,000 adults.

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University of Florida

This New Investigator Award study seeks to develop statistical methodology that allows for complex relationships between air pollution and health outcomes to be used to estimate causal effects of multivariate exposures. Additionally, the proposed methodology will allow for evaluation of separate subgroups in the population to identify the most vulnerable subgroups.

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University of Massachusetts, Amherst

This New Investigator Award study seeks to examine associations of long-term maternal exposures to PM2.5, NO2, and environmental noise with adverse birth outcomes in Accra, Ghana. The investigators also seek to determine the effect of these exposures on the risk of lower respiratory infections in infants.

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