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Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Early Career Scientists
for Research on the Health Effects of Air Pollution

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Health Effects Institute (HEI)

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International early career scientists at an academic or research institution for research on the health effects of air pollution. Applicants must contact the funding source to verify eligibility and submit a preliminary application before applying. Candidates may have training and experience in any of the many branches of science relevant to air pollution.

The budget can be used to support the candidate’s salary, to hire additional junior personnel (e.g., postdocs, graduate or undergraduate students, or technicians), and to purchase equipment and supplies. It is expected that the investigator will devote at least 25% of his or her time on the proposed research.

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 2015-20201. 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.

For more information on research areas, see the RFP:

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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 182924

Number of Grants:

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

Estimated Size of Grant:

The project should not exceed a total of $500,000 (i.e., including indirect costs) for a 3-year project.

Term of Contract:

This program provides up to 3 years of funding for a project relevant to HEI's research interests. For applications responding to RFA 18-2, the budget should be prepared assuming a project start date of February 1, 2020.

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 at the Assistant Professor level or equivalent at an academic or research institution.

Evidence that the candidate's institution is prepared to make a tangible commitment to helping the awardee 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.

Please note that an applicant who does not meet all eligibility requirements will not be considered for this award. 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 excluded. 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.

Conflicts of Interest:
HEI’s procedures for conflicts of interest are similar to the guidelines set forth by NIH. Members of HEI’s sponsor community are excluded from participating in RFA development, applying for support, application review, and funding decisions.

The costs of construction per se are not permissible charges. If the costs of essential alterations of facilities, including repairs, painting, removal or installation of partitions, shielding, or air conditioning, are requested, itemize them by category and justify them fully.

Limit travel to one scientific meeting per year.

Pre-Application Information:

All prospective applicants should contact Dr. Annemoon van Erp to verify their eligibility before applying. Candidates can apply to this award twice in their career.

This is a two-stage application process.

Deadline for Preliminary Applications:
Preliminary Applications should be submitted by email in no later than April 15, 2019. HEI will acknowledge receipt of the application. Applicants will be informed whether or not to submit a full application by mid-May, 2019.

Deadline for Full Applications:
Full applications for RFA 18-2 (by invitation only) should be submitted no later than August 1, 2019

After submission, please notify the Science Administration Assistant of your submission; do not attach the PDF documents to this second email. HEI will acknowledge receipt of the application. Applicants will be notified of the funding decision by the end of October, 2019.

Instructions and Forms:

HEI's Strategic Plan 2015-2020:

Contact Information:

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

Submit preliminary applications to: (subject line: [PI last name] RFA 18-2 Preliminary Application)

Full applications may be submitted to the above email address with the subject line: [PI last name] RFA 18-2 Full Application.

Staff Contact:

Dr. Annemoon M. van Erp
Phone: +1-617-488-2346

Science Administration Assistant
Phone: +1-617-488-2345

Health Effects Institute
75 Federal Street, Suite 1400
Boston, MA 02110-1817
Telephone: +1 (617) 488-2300
Fax: +1 (617) 488-2335

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA 18-2

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