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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Early-Career
Scientists for Research Related to Health and Pollution

Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award

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Health Effects Institute (HEI)

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Awards to USA, Canada, and International early-career scientists to recognize outstanding research projects related to health and pollution. All applicants must contact the funding source and submit a preliminary application prior to applying. Research projects often are 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 the draft HEI Strategic Plan for the Health Effects of Air Pollution 2020-2025. The current Plan focuses on four key areas: (1) Multipollutant Science; (2) Accountability and Transparency; (3) Emerging Technologies and Fuels; 4) Global Health Science. 

HEI studies have used a wide range of designs: modeling, methods development, experiments with cell cultures, animal studies, controlled human exposure studies, and epidemiologic investigations. In all studies, accurate characterization of exposure and appropriate statistical analyses are important. HEI’s ultimate goal is to provide scientific evidence that can be used in regulatory decisions or provide better information for risk assessment; thus, human studies and studies to improve extrapolation from animals to humans are an important part of HEI’s program.

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, they will also consider particularly innovative or high-quality applications in other areas that are relevant to the overall goals of HEI’s program.

HEI strongly encourages individuals who are underrepresented in environmental exposure and health research to apply and encourages all applicants to diversify their research teams by including underrepresented individuals, including those attuned to and knowledgeable about the communities in which the studies are taking place, to the extent appropriate given the study location(s). For this purpose, HEI has adopted the National Institutes of Health (NIH) definition of underrepresented populations in the U.S. Biomedical, Clinical, Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Enterprise. (NIH’s definition of underrepresented populations includes individuals from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis, individuals with disabilities who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, recognizing that women from these three backgrounds face particular challenges at the graduate level and beyond in scientific fields.)

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. For additional information on eligible costs and expenses, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 182924

Number of Grants:

HEI expects to provide one or two awards from this RFA each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each award will be a maximum of $500,000 for three years in total costs to support a research project.

Term of Contract:

Up to 3 years of funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Scientists of any nationality holding a PhD, ScD, MD, DVM, or DrPH degree or equivalent are eligible to apply; they can reside in the US or elsewhere.

At the time of application, the candidate should have two to seven years of research experience after obtaining the highest degree and must be in an assistant professor or equivalent position at an academic or research institution. Evidence that the candidate’s institution is prepared to make a tangible commitment to helping him/her become established as an independent investigator is required as part of the application.

Candidates should possess outstanding research potential. Evidence of this potential, in the form of written letters of support and the candidate’s publication record, is an essential part of the application materials and will be valued equally with the scientific proposal.

HEI will not review applications from individuals with more than seven years’ research experience after
obtaining the highest degree. However, time spent on non-research activities since obtaining the highest
degree, such as medical residencies without a research component or maternity or paternity leave, may be

The Award does not support senior personnel and mentors, although statistical support can be exempted from this rule.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicant Webinar Info
January 20, 2022, 11:30 am America/New York
HEI will host a webinar to provide information on the goals of this RFA and how to apply. There will be time for potential applicants to ask questions. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Pre-Application Information:

- Preliminary Application Due Date: March 25, 2022
- Full Application Due Date: September 23, 2022

Candidates outside the U.S. are advised to contact HEI with questions if their country does not have a direct equivalent to the assistant professor title. All prospective applicants are required to contact Dr. Dan Crouse to verify their eligibility before applying. Candidates can apply to this award twice in their career (note that HEI counts only invited full applications towards this limit).

Preliminary Applications should be submitted by email in PDF format (subject line: PI last name RFA 21-2 Preliminary Application) no later than March 25, 2022. HEI will acknowledge receipt of the application. Applicants will be informed whether to submit a full application by mid-July 2022.

Full applications for RFA 20-2 (by invitation only) should be submitted (subject line: PI last name RFA 21-2 Full Application) no later than September 23, 2022

Mentoring: Having a mentor or mentors is considered part of the supportive research environment that is required for this Award. Mentors should be active senior investigators in the area of the proposed research and be committed both to the career development of the candidate and to the direct supervision of the candidate’s research. The candidate must work with the mentor(s) in preparing the application.

Instructions and Forms:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit preliminary and full applications to:

Direct questions to:
Dr. Dan Crouse

Health Effects Institute
75 Federal Street, Suite 1400
Boston, MA 02110-1817
Telephone: +1 (617) 488-2300

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RFA 21-2

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