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Supporting high quality research by the nation's leading scientists and engineers to improve EPA's scientific basis for decisions on national environmental issues. EPA supports leading edge extramural research in exposure, effects, risk assessment, and risk management through competitions for STAR grants, fellowships, and research contracts under the Small Business Innovative Research Program.

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Extramural Research in the News
buildingOS Lucid Provides Energy Reduction Software to DC Government
Earlier this year, Lucid, a 2014 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Small Business Innovation Research award recipient, announced that the District of Columbia (D.C.) government was using Lucid’s BuildingOS® software in order to reach an energy reduction target of 20 percent in 20 months. (CFDA: 66.509)
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SBIR LogoSmall Business Innovation Research Phase I Program Solicitation
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites small businesses to submit research proposals under this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Solicitation. Proposals must directly pertain to EPA’s mission of protecting human health and the environment. (CFDA: 66.509)
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SBIR LogoEPA Supporting Small Businesses by Advancing Sustainable and Innovative Products and Research/Twenty-one Businesses Receiving Funding to Strengthen the Economy and the Environment
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 21 small businesses in 14 states are receiving funding from the EPA to develop and commercialize innovative, sustainable technologies to address current environmental issues . The agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is providing $2 million in funds to advance these innovative products and research. (CFDA: 66.509)
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The 2014  Tibbetts Awards NanoMech, US EPA SBIR Award Recipient: 2014 Tibbetts Award Winner
NanoMech, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) award recipient in 2004 and 2005, received the 2014 Tibbetts Award for its coating technology, which can improve manufacturing processes by extending the life of tools used in automotive and aerospace industries. (CFDA: 66.509)

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Air Pollution Monitoring for Communities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research on empowering communities and individuals to take action to avoid air pollution exposure, using low-cost portable air pollution sensors. (CFDA: 66.509)
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Ambient Air Pollution New Model Provides Estimates for Global Disease Burdens from Air Pollution
Air pollution has become a part of modern living. Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution, caused by things like automobiles, power plants, wood burning and industrial processes has been linked to cardiovascular disease, lung cancer and other diseases. (CFDA: 66.509)
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ecovative mushroom insulation Ecovative, US EPA SBIR Award Recipient: Innovation with Mushroom Insulation
US EPA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award recipient Ecovative, was recently highlighted for its work using mushroom roots, mycelium, to create insulation for buildings. (CFDA: 66.509)
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Nga Lee Sally Ng EPA Grantee Wins HEI’s 2013 Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award
Dr. Nga Lee “Sally” Ng has been a member of Georgia Tech’s faculty since 2011 as an assistant professor in the School of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering and School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. (CFDA: 66.509)
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For more information on Dr. NG’s latest STAR grant see: The role of nitrate radicals (NO3) in aerosol life cycle: Secondary organic aerosol formation and aging of atmospheric organic aerosols


Air, Climate And Energy (ACE) Centers: Science Supporting Solutions
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications for Air, Climate and Energy (ACE) Centers. EPA is interested in supporting research on the development of sound science to systematically inform policy makers at the state and local levels regarding the development of innovative approaches to enable effective implementation of air pollution control strategies to achieve the greatest public health benefits by reducing exposure to harmful air pollution. (CFDA: 66.509)
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2014 P3 Phase 2 Winners Announced
On April 27, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced seven university and college teams received the coveted P3 Award for their innovative solutions to some of today's toughest public health and environmental challenges. (CFDA: 66.509)
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