A wide variety of environmental exposures at different stages in life affects health and well-being. To promote the broadest possible assessment of these environmental effects on health, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has established HHEAR—a comprehensive set of resources to enable eligible researchers to include or broaden analyses of environmental exposures in their studies of health.

HHEAR is funded by NIEHS, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to advance understanding of the influence of environment on human health over a lifetime. HHEAR is also funded by Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO), a research program launched by the NIH. Learn more about funding agency research priorities.

HHEAR is composed of three components:

What HHEAR Can Do

HHEAR can provide a wide range of services, including:

  • Expert consultation on exposure analysis, study design, and data analysis and interpretation
  • Analysis of human and/or environmental samples using state-of-the-art methods and technologies (Applications for new analysis services are not currently being accepted)
  • A data repository and associated data science tools
  • Statistical and data analytical services including support for meta and pooled analyses (Applications for new analysis services are not currently being accepted)
  • Support for pilot and feasibility studies (Applications for P&F studies are not currently being accepted)

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HHEAR follows NIH rules about privacy of personal information. We do not collect any personally identifiable information about you during your visit to this website unless you choose to provide it to us. We never collect information for commercial marketing or any purpose unrelated to the NIH mission and goals.

For questions, please visit our Contact Us page or email us at HHEARhelp@westat.com.