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Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award

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

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Health Effects Institute (HEI)

LOI Date:

03/24/21

Deadline Date:

09/01/21

Description:

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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 new 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.

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. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182924

Number of Grants:

RFA 19-2 Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award provides funding for one or two studies.

Estimated Size of Grant:

For RFA 20-2, Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award, the budget cap is $500,000 total (including indirect costs) for 3 years, with a suggested Year 1 budget of $150,000 and Years 2 and 3 at $175,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

For applications responding to RFA 20-2, the budget should be prepared assuming a project start date of February 1, 2022.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Preliminary Application Due Date: March 24, 2021
- Full Application Due Date: September 1, 2021

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 20-2 Preliminary Application) no later than MARCH 24, 2021. HEI will acknowledge receipt of the application. Applicants will be informed whether to submit a full application by early July 2021.

Full applications for RFA 20-2 (by invitation only) should be submitted (subject line: PI last name RFA 20-2 Full Application) no later than SEPTEMBER 1, 2021

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.

FAQs:
https://www.healtheffects.org/faqs

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:
funding@healtheffects.org

Direct questions to:
Dr. Dan Crouse
dcrouse@healtheffects.org

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

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA 20-2

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