Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award

| Environ. and Occupational Hlth Funding




Health Effects Institute (HEI) 



Upper  $450,000 USD

Each award will be up to $150,000 per year with a maximum of $450,000 for three years in total costs to support a research project. The funds can be used to provide salary support for the investigator and supporting junior personnel as well as operating costs, including supplies and equipment. It is expected that the investigator will devote at least 25% of his or her time on the proposed research. HEI expects to provide one award from this RFA and make additional awards each year.



HEI’s New Investigator Award provides funding for outstanding investigators who are beginning independent research. By providing financial support for investigators at this point in their careers, HEI hopes to encourage highly qualified individuals to undertake research on the health effects of air pollution.

Since 1983, HEI’s research program has addressed a broad range of questions about the health effects of air pollutants derived from motor vehicle emissions, including aldehydes, carbon monoxide, methanol, nitrogen oxides, ozone, and particulate matter, including diesel particles and associated compounds. Several studies have addressed the effects of exposure to more than one pollutant. Research projects are often interdisciplinary in nature and span a range of scientific fields, including atmospheric science, epidemiology, exposure science, statistics, and toxicology. In considering potential research topics, applicants should be aware of HEI’s current areas of interest, as described in a revised draft of the HEI Strategic Plan for 2015-2020. The plan focuses on four key areas: (1) addressing challenges of multi-pollutant science, (2) improving science for decisions: accountability and transparency, (3) addressing emerging fuels and technologies, and (4) addressing global health science.

Depending on the research question, HEI studies have used a wide range of designs: modeling, experiments with cell cultures, animal studies, controlled human exposure studies, and epidemiologic investigations. In all studies, accurate characterization of exposure is important. Because the ultimate goal of HEI’s research is understanding effects in people, both human studies and studies to improve extrapolation from animals to humans are an important part of HEI’s program. There are two cross-cutting issues that the HEI Research Committee specifically would like to emphasize in HEI-funded studies. The first is to identify and evaluate effects in susceptible groups that may respond at lower levels of exposure than “normal” participants; for example, the young or old, people of lower socioeconomic status, or those with pre-existing disease. Because the ultimate goal of research funded by HEI is to provide data that can inform regulatory decisions about air quality, as a second cross-cutting issue, HEI encourages the development of new methods and technologies that could be used later to provide data useful for regulatory purposes.

HEI encourages investigators to submit applications addressing these high priority research areas. However, HEI realizes that other areas of research may lead to results important to its mission. For this reason, HEI will also consider particularly innovative or high quality applications in other areas that are relevant to the overall goals of HEI’s program.


Upcoming Deadlines

01 Feb 2017 (Anticipated) — Letter of Intent (Sponsor deadline – required)

01 Apr 2017 (Anticipated) — Application (Sponsor deadline – required)

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