Health Effects Institute Funding for Air Pollution and Health Research

The Health Effects Institute (HEI) provides funding for air pollution and health research. Examples of studies that have been funded include:

  • Low levels of air pollution
  • Exposure to traffic-related air pollution
  • Non-tailpipe emissions and exposures near roadways and in tunnels
  • Effectiveness of air quality interventions
  • Mechanistic studies of air pollution and health
  • Rosenblith Award New Investigators
  • Statistical methods development

The projects that HEI funds either provide scientific information of direct and immediate regulatory relevance, or pave the way for developing such information. Two independent committees, the Research Committee and the Review Committee, work in an environment uniquely structured to foster the necessary separation between selecting and overseeing research on the one hand and critically reviewing results on the other. This separation permits HEI to fund and guide research, as well as to provide credible peer review of that same research.


Every five years, HEI develops a Strategic Plan that lays out the main areas of focus for its research program, with a timeline for completing steps for specific research programs that are outlined in the plan. Subsequently, HEI develops a series of Requests for Applications (RFAs) during the next 5 years. HEI often holds workshops to discuss the latest research directions and science questions during RFA development.

Researchers can apply for funding in response to one of the main RFAs. HEI also regularly issues open-ended Requests for Preliminary Applications (RFPAs) for  research that falls outside the topics covered in the major RFAs. 

Refer to HEI's website for information about upcoming deadlines.

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