Are You Eligible for HHEAR Services?

The HHEAR Program provides health researchers access to laboratory and data analysis services, to add or expand assessment of environmental exposures to their research. Are you eligible for HHEAR Services? Check the eligibility criteria below to find out. If you have questions, contact HHEARHelp@Westat.com.

Eligibility

You may be eligible to access HHEAR services if you meet the following criteria:

1. You have an ongoing or completed epidemiological or clinical study with human biological and/or environmental samples linked to health outcome data, and:

  • You want to add environmental exposure data to your study or need more extensive analysis of exposures to support a scientific hypothesis related to health outcomes.
  • Although your parent study may be ongoing, you have collected all data, biological and environmental samples that will be provided to HHEAR for the proposed project prior to submitting your Final Application.

2. You meet at least one of the following funding criteria:

  • Your study is funded at least in part by NIEHS extramural funds. Studies funded by NIEHS extramural funds are eligible for targeted and untargeted analysis of biological and environmental samples.
  • Your study is currently funded by the NIEHS Superfund Research Program. Studies funded by the NIEHS Superfund Research Program are eligible for targeted and untargeted analysis of environmental samples, and only untargeted analysis of biological samples.
  • Your study is currently funded at least in part by NHLBI extramural funds. Studies funded by NHLBI extramural funds are eligible for targeted and untargeted analysis of only biological samples.
  • Your study is currently funded by NCI extramural funds and has more than one year of funding remaining at the time you submit the HHEAR initial application. Studies funded by NCI extramural funds are eligible for only targeted analysis of biological samples.
  • Your study is an ECHO-wide cohort analysis proposal that has been approved through the ECHO Publications Program, or an ECHO Opportunities and Infrastructure Fund proposal approved through the ECHO OIF Program. Studies funded by ECHO are eligible for targeted and untargeted analysis of only biological samples.
    • ECHO-wide and OIF supported projects are managed through the ECHO program and do not require an additional application for HHEAR services. ECHO cohorts may be eligible for cohort specific analyses through NIEHS, NHLBI, or NCI support through a HHEAR application.
    • Email echocc-publications@dm.duke.edu for more information on the ECHO Publications Program. Email echocc-oif@duke.edu for more information on the ECHO OIF Program.

3. You are eligible to apply for an NIH grant at your home institution, with authority to commit to documentation such as the Material Transfer Agreement, Data Submission Agreement, and Data Sharing Plan.

4. You agree to share experimental design details and supporting data, including phenotypic data at the individual level, needed to achieve the aim(s) of your proposal.

If you believe you are eligible for HHEAR services, please go to How to Apply for information on submitting an application.