Environmental Health: Consequences of Unpredictable Events


Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Research Opportunities in Environmental Health Sciences:

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is intended to support environmental health research in which an unpredictable event provides a limited window of opportunity to collect human biological samples or environmental exposure data.  The primary motivation of the FOA is to understand the consequences of natural and man-made disasters or emerging environmental public health threats in the U.S. and abroad. A distinguishing feature of an appropriate study is the need for rapid review and funding (substantially shorter than the typical NIH grant review/award cycle) in order for the research question to be addressed and swiftly implemented.

The shortened timeframe will be achieved by more frequent application due dates and expediting peer review, council concurrence and award issuance. The entire cycle, from submission to award, is expected to be within 3-4 months.


  • Pre-Application Submission: 30 days before application submission due date
  • Application Submission: 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization, Jan. 3, 2017, Feb. 1, 2017, Mar. 1, 2017, Apr. 3, 2017, May 1, 2017, Jun.1, 2017, Jul. 3, 2017, Aug. 1, 2017, Sep. 1, 2017, Oct. 2, 2017, Nov. 1, 2017, Dec. 1, 2017, Jan. 2, 2018, Feb. 1, 2018, Mar. 1, 2018, Apr. 2, 2018, May 1, 2018, Jun. 1, 2018, Jul. 2, 2018, Aug. 1, 2018, Sep. 4, 2018, Oct. 1, 2018, Nov. 1, 2018, Dec. 3, 2018, Jan. 2, 2019, Feb. 1, 2019, Mar. 1, 2019, Apr. 1, 2019, May 1, 2019, Jun. 1, 2019

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.