October 4, 2023
NOT-PM-24-001 - Notice of Participation of the All of Us Research Program in NOT-ES-23-016: Request for Information (RFI): Environmental Justice Research Gaps, Opportunities and Capacity Building.
NOT-AG-23-068 - Notice of Participation of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) in NOT-ES-23-016
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Tribal Health Research Office (THRO)
All applications to this funding opportunity announcement should fall within the mission of the Institutes/Centers. The following NIH Offices may co-fund applications assigned to those Institutes/Centers.
Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO)
Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Disease Prevention (ODP)
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Environmental Justice Working Group invites feedback on the approaches NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices can take to support research and capacity building efforts to advance environmental justice in the U.S. and globally. Additionally, Request for Information (RFI) responses will enable the NIH Environmental Justice Working Group to be responsive to Executive Order 14096 on Revitalizing Our Nation’s Commitment to Environmental Justice for All, and to synergize NIH efforts with other Federal Agencies in a whole-of-government approach to advance environmental justice.
In April 2023, the Executive Order 14096 on Revitalizing Our Nation’s Commitment to Environmental Justice for All was released and calls for a whole-of-government approach to ensure that all individuals and communities have access to clean environments that are free from the harmful effects of pollution and chemical exposures. Importantly, Executive Order 14096 highlights the need for research, data collection, and analysis to advance environmental justice.
For the purposes of this RFI, in alignment with Executive Order 14096 on Revitalizing Our Nation’s Commitment to Environmental Justice for All, environmental justice is defined as the fair and equitable treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of income, race, color, national origin, Tribal affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, sex and gender identity in agency decision-making and other Federal activities that affect human health and the environment so that people: (i) are fully protected from disproportionate and adverse human health and environmental effects (including risks) and hazards, including those related to climate change, the cumulative impacts of environmental and other burdens, and the legacy of racism or other structural or systemic barriers; and (ii) have equitable access to a healthy, sustainable, and resilient environment in which to live, play, work, learn, grow, worship, and engage in cultural and subsistence practices.
NIH has long supported a broad research portfolio that explores the underlying inequities related to environmental exposures and their disproportionate impacts on health (i.e., environmental health disparities research), including the Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research program that launched in 2015. More recently, the NIH developed an initiative with a specific focus on climate change and health research. Despite these efforts, more transformative, solutions-oriented research is needed across the NIH on environmental justice to address disproportionate cumulative (environmental and social) exposures and improve the health and well-being of affected communities in U.S. and global settings.
This RFI invites comments from communities with environmental justice concerns, scientific researchers, community-based organizations, consumer advocacy groups, service agencies, health care providers, policymakers and the public. This RFI seeks to identify gaps and opportunities pertaining to environmental justice research and training as well as capacity building needs in areas listed below and highly encourages responses on related topics that are not listed.
Transformative Environmental Justice Research and Action
Scientific Infrastructure to Support Environmental Justice Research
Community Partnerships to Address Environmental Injustices
Diverse and Inclusive Workforce to Advance Environmental Justice
Science Communication and Dissemination of Research Findings
Science, Research, and Data that would support Federal Environmental Justice Actions
How to Submit a Response
All responses should be submitted electronically at the RFI submission website by 11:59:59 pm (ET) on December 15, 2023. You will see an electronic confirmation acknowledging receipt of your response. Responders are free to address any or all the categories listed above. The submitted information will be reviewed by NIH staff.
Responses to this RFI are entirely voluntary and may be submitted anonymously. If willing, you may indicate the environment to which your perspective pertains (e.g., academic institutions, extramural, intramural researchers, industry, and the public). Please do not include any personally identifiable information or any information that you do not wish to make public. Proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should not be included in your response.
The Government will use the information submitted in response to this RFI at its discretion. The Government reserves the right to use any submitted information on public websites, in reports, in summaries of the state of the science, in any possible resultant solicitation(s), grant(s), or cooperative agreement(s), or in the development of future funding opportunity announcements.
This RFI is for informational and planning purposes only and is not a solicitation for applications or an obligation on the part of the Government to provide support for any ideas identified in response to it. Please note that the Government will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for use of that information.
We look forward to your input and hope that you will share this RFI opportunity with your colleagues.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences