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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#

Funding Source
Funding or PIN Number: RFA 23-3
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)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Conference Date: 12/19/23
LOI Date: 01/26/24
Deadline: 06/14/24 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.

HEI established the Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award as a career development award to provide funding for outstanding investigators who are beginning their independent research careers. By providing financial support for investigators early in their careers, HEI hopes to encourage highly qualified individuals from a wide range of disciplines to undertake research on the health effects of air pollution. A key component of the proposal and award is the mentorship plan, which outlines how awardees will interact with and learn from established experts in their field of study.  Given the career-development nature of this award, HEI encourages applicants to propose bold and exciting studies that will allow them to develop as strong, independent researchers and to become innovators and ultimately leaders in their field of study. Applicants may have training and experience in any discipline relevant to air pollution.

Since the early 1980s, HEI's research program has addressed a broad range of questions about the health effects of exposure to ambient air pollution from motor vehicles, wildfire smoke, and other important sources. HEI seeks to fund studies that span a range of scientific fields, including atmospheric science, epidemiology, exposure science, risk assessment, social science, statistics, economics, 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 Understanding the Health Effects of Air Pollution 2020-2025. The current plan focuses on four key areas: (1) evaluating the effectiveness of air quality actions, (2) complex questions for the air pollution mixture, (3) transport and urban health, and (4) global health. In addition, emerging areas of interest for HEI include (a) climate, air quality, and health, (b) transportation and health in a changing landscape, and (c) environmental justice. 

HEI encourages investigators to submit applications addressing these high-priority research areas. They will, however, also consider particularly innovative or high-quality applications in other areas consistent with HEI's mission to support research to generate the scientific evidence needed to inform regulatory decisions, enhance public health practice, or better support risk assessments, while leveraging the most appropriate tools and models. Note that the proposed research should reflect an original investigation but may include working with data that were collected through earlier work. The proposed study should be the investigator's own study and not simply a continuation of a former supervisor's projects.

HEI strongly encourages individuals who are underrepresented in environmental exposure and health research to apply and encourages all applicants to diversity 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). 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Scientists of any nationality residing anywhere in the world and holding a PhD, ScD, MD, DVM, DrPH, or equivalent degree are eligible to apply.

By the date that full applications are due, the applicant must be appointed at the Assitant Professor (USA), University Lecturer (UK), or equivalent level at an academic or research institution. The applicant cannot have held such a position for more than five years (60 months) by the date that full applications are due.

Holding a tenure-track position is not required. Not that time spent on non-research activities, such as parental or medical leave, may be excluded from the period listed above.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Information webinar:
December 19, 2023, 11:00 am

Applicants will be guided through the application process and their questions will be answered. Participation in the webinar is not a requirement to apply to the RFA. A summary of the webinar will be made available afterwards.


Pre-Application Information
- Preliminary Application Due Date: January 26, 2024
- Full Application Due Date: June 14, 2024

Prospective applicants are required to contact Dr. Dan Crouse to verify their eligibility before submitting a preliminary application.

Applicants will not be invited to submit a full application under this award program more than twice in their career.

Preliminary Applications should be submitted by email in PDF format (subject line: PI last name RFA 23-3 Preliminary Application) no later than January 26, 2024. HEI will acknowledge receipt of the application. Applicants will be informed whether to submit a full application by mid-March 2024.

Full applications for RFA 23-3 (by invitation only) should be submitted (subject line: PI last name RFA 23-3 Full Application) no later than June 14, 2024.

Applicants will be notified of the funding decision by late July 2024.

Mentoring: Having one or more mentors is required for this career development award. Mentors should be active investigators in the area of the proposed research and be committed to the career development of the applicant. Applicants are expected to work with the mentors 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 $600,000 for three years in total costs to support a research project.

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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