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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

GrantWatch ID# 182924
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Health Effects Institute (HEI)
Funding or PIN Number: RFA 22-2
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
LOI Date: 02/10/23
Deadline: 06/30/23 Save

Grant Description
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 HEI Strategic Plan for the Health Effects of Air Pollution 2020-20252. The current Plan focuses on four key areas: (1) accountability, (2) complex questions for the air pollution mixture, (3) transport and urban health, and (4) global health.

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:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

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.

This is a new investigator award. By the date that full applications are due, the candidate must be at the Assistant Professor level or equivalent at an academic or research institution and meet one of the following two conditions:
a) Have a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 7 years of research experience after obtaining the highest degree. That is, the PhD or equivalent final degree should have been awarded between June 2016 and June 2021 or
b) Have held a position of Assistant Professor or equivalent for a maximum of 3 years (36 months).

Note that in either case, time spent on non-research activities since obtaining the highest degree, such as medical residencies without a research component or parental or medical leave, may be excluded.

Pre-Proposal Conference
January 09, 2023, 10:00 am America/New_York
During the webinar, potential applicants will be guided through the application process and have any questions answered. Please note, participation in the webinar is not a requirement to apply to the RFA.


Pre-Application Information
- Preliminary Application Due Date: February 10, 2023
- Full Application Due Date: June 30, 2023

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 22-2 Preliminary Application) no later than February 10, 2023. HEI will acknowledge receipt of the application. Applicants will be informed whether to submit a full application by mid-March 2023.

Full applications for RFA 20-2 (by invitation only) should be submitted (subject line: PI last name RFA 22-2 Full Application) no later than June 30, 2023.

Applicants will be notified of the funding decision by mid-August 2023.

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:
Additional Information:

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.
For a 3-year project, suggested budget totals are $150,000 for Year 1, and $175,000 for Years 2 and 3.
For a 2-year project, suggested budget totals are $150,000 for Year 1, plus $175,000 in Year 2, for a total of $325,000.

Term of Contract
Up to 3 years of funding.

Contact Information
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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