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Special Announcements

EPA Announces Upcoming Competition Opportunity for P3 Grants
EPA's 2006 competition for the P3 Phase I Awards will open during December, 2005.
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41 P3 Grants Awarded
EPA has awarded P3 grants to student teams representing 41 universities in 21 states. [Read More]

Fellowship FAQ's Updated
Due to the large number of phone calls from potential applicants, NCER has revised its STAR and GRO Graduate Fellowship FAQ's for improved guidance. Please refer to this modified list of questions and answers before calling for clarifications. [Read More]

RFA Closing Date Change Due to Hurricane Katrina
NCER recognizes that Hurricane Katrina has affected many research efforts. We are investigating ways to assist existing grantees and fellows whose research is directly affected by Katrina . To provide more time for Principal Investigators who may have been affected, we are extending the closing date for announcement EPA-G2005-STAR-L1, "Nonlinear Responses to Global Change in Linked Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems and Effects of Multiple Factors on Terrestrial Ecosystems: A Joint Research Solicitation - EPA, DOE" until 4:00pm, October 27, 2005.

We do not anticipate a change in other grant or fellowship due dates at this time. For additional information contact Tom Barnwell (phone:202-343-9862; email: Barnwell.Thomas@epa.gov).

RFA Reductions in 2004 and 2005
The EPA has reduced the number of STAR Requests for Applications and associated grants for FY 2004. Update to Instructions for Electronic Application Submission Instructions for Selected RFAs:
The Submission Instructions for Electronic Applications section of the following two NCER RFAs has been updated: This revision is provided primarily for clarification of previous instructions as well as to provide additional assistance during the application transmittal process. No modification of applications in preparation is required (i.e., updating the Application Filing Name is optional). These changes include:
  1. the hyperlink location for the PureEdge viewer
  2. further emphasis that the Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) must submit the application package
  3. emphasis that e-mails from grants.gov do not document receipt of the application by NCER; NCER receipt is necessary to assure review
  4. new instruction as to what is appropriate to put in the "Application Filing Name" field
  5. clarification that the application can be submitted after "Submit" button activation
  6. some trouble-shooting advice to avoid/resolve problems commonly observed when first attempting to transfer the file to grants.gov (i.e., close all other software, reboot computer)
  7. a phone number for grants.gov

Note that only the submission instructions for electronic applications has been changed and that these changes are designed only to make the filing process more clear.

Post-Doctoral Opportunities with EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD)
EPA's Office of Research and Development announces two new opportunities for PostDocs: Cross-ORD Post Doctoral Program and National Health and Environmental Effects Laboratory. [Read More]

Featured Stories

EPA Awards $40 Million in Grants to Study Health Effects of Particulate Matter
EPA has awarded $40 million to establish five, cutting-edge particulate matter research centers. These centers will further improve our understanding of how particulate matter or PM affects human health and the types and sources of PM most responsible for these effects. The grants were awarded to Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, the University of Rochester, the University of California at Davis, and the University of California at Los Angeles to study high-priority issues related to the effects of airborne particles on human health.
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EPA and DHS Announce New Cooperative Center of Excellence for Research on Microbial Risk Assessment for Homeland Security
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the establishment of a jointly funded research center based at Michigan State University that will fill critical gaps in microbial risk assessment needed to support homeland security objectives.
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Nanotechnology: Safety research trailing commercialization, scientists say
With U.S. EPA poised to release voluntary guidelines for nanomaterial safety, regulatory issues were at the forefront of an agency workshop last week. EPA's National Center for Environmental Research hosted the conference, which focused on using nano-sized iron particles to clean up groundwater. While some nanomaterials show promise in environmental remediation, research on the safety of nanotechnology is lagging behind its applications, many scientists said. Currently, nanotechnology is used in about 700 consumer products – including detergents, sunscreens, building materials, electronics and medical applications.
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EPA's P3 - People, Prosperity, and Planet - Program
EPA's P3 Program advances the principles of sustainability and technology innovation to future generations of scientists and engineers. Unique in the federal government, this program awards grants to teams of undergrad and grad students, along with their faculty advisors, into higher education curricula. The teams also compete for additional funding to move their ideas to the marketplace. Over 500 faculty and students from 52 colleges and universities used this opportunity to alter core required courses, evolve senior capstone design courses, and initiate certificates and minors in sustainability science and engineering.
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EPA Announces Upcoming Competition Opportunity for P3 Grants
EPA's 2006 competition for the P3 Phase I Awards will open in December 2005. Up to 50 awards for a maximum of $10,000 each will be made to student teams in the autumn of 2006. In spring 2007, teams will be invited to bring their designs to Washington, D.C. to compete for the 3rd Annual P3 Award. The competition will be judged by the National Academy of Engineering for design innovation and technical merit along with relevant social, economic and environmental considerations that are key to sustainable designs.
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2005 EPA Fellowships
EPA has awarded 165 research fellowships under its FY05 fellowship program for more than $4.3 million to students pursuing degrees in environmental studies. These include 128 Science to Achieve Results (STAR), and 37 Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) fellowships.
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University of Colorado students and professors pose with a wind turbine design they are studying for use in a village in India. STUDENT TEAM P3 AWARDS FEATURED BY NEWS SOURCES: Students awarded for 'sustainable designs'
Washington, D.C.-Seven teams of university students and professors beat out 65 others in a "sustainability design" competition sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, presenting technologies that ranged from solar ovens to small wind turbines.

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Student Teams Receive EPA'S First P3 Awards; Sustainability Designs Will Help People, Prosperity and the Planet
Washington, D.C. - E. Timothy Oppelt, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Research and Development, today announced the winners of EPA's first Annual P3 Awards - People, Prosperity, and the Planet. Seven student teams from Oberlin College, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Colorado at Denver, University of California-Berkeley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Michigan were honored Monday evening at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., for their innovative designs for a sustainable tomorrow. Out of a group of 65 teams composed of more than 400 university students and advisors, these seven teams were chosen for the creativity and utility of their sustainability designs.
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See the Future Today: P3 on the National Mall - May 16 & 17, 2005
The P3 competition brings together 66 teams from around the country to exhibit their designs for sustainability. On May 16 and 17, hundreds of the country’s most innovative colleges students will exhibit their designs on the National Mall in Washington, DC,and show us how they can help create a sustainable future. These winners of EPA’s P3 design competition will compete for the First Annual P3 Award. The P3 program – People, Prosperity, and Planet – began in 2004 to respond to the needs of the developed and developing world in moving toward sustainability. This national student design competition enables college students to research, develop and design scientific, technical and policy solutions to sustainability challenges.
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NAE LogoNational Academy of Engineering Honors STAR Grantees
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) recently elected four Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grantees as members of its prestigious organization. The STAR grantees are part of a group of 74 new members and 10 foreign associates.
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NCER Star Has Highly Cited Paper
An article written by ORD scientist Mitch Lasat, PhD, recently received its 36th citation, placing it in the top 1% of cited publications in the field. "Phytoextraction of Toxic Metals: A Review of Biological Mechanisms (PDF)," (12 pp, 113 KB) appeared in the January/February 2002 edition of the Journal of Environmental Quality.
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EPA Awards $3.2 Million in Small Business Grants for New Environmental Technologies
EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program announced the award of more than $3 million under its SBIR Phase 2 program to 14 companies for work in five key environmental areas: control and monitoring of air emissions, pollution prevention, solid waste control, hazardous waste treatment, and homeland security.
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EPA Awards $2.6 Million in Small Business Innovation Research Contracts
EPA announced the award of more than $2.6 million to 34 small companies for 38 projects to develop new technologies, including nanotechnologies, to control and monitor air pollution, treat wastewater, manage hazardous waste, improve recycling, and ensure safe buildings and drinking water security. The companies were chosen from a pool of 363 applicants across the country.
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NCER's Dr. Karn is a Guest Editor for this Month's ES&T Issue Dedicated to Nanotechnology
Wei-xian Zhang of Lehigh University, and Dr. Barbara Karn of USEPA's National Center for Environmental Research, were guest editors for the March issue of Environmental Science & Technology which is dedicated to nanotechnology research, specifically the environmentally responsible development of nanotechnology.
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$2.6 Million in Small Business Grants for New Environmental Technologies
EPA announced the award of more than $2.6 million to 34 small companies under its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program for work in six key environmental areas.
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Thailand Honors STAR Grantee
EPA STAR grantee Jonathan M. Samet will be traveling to the Grand Palace of Bangkok to receive the 2004 Prince Mahidol Award in Public Health from the King of Thailand. The Prince Mahidol Award in Public Health is granted internationally to an individual or institution for an "outstanding contribution in the field of public health for the sake of the well-being of peoples".
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People In The News

EPA Economist Advances Understanding of Benefit-cost Analysis of Water Quality Regulations
EPA Economist Advances Understanding of Benefit-cost Analysis of Water Quality Regulations Dr. William Wheeler, an economist working in the Environmental Protection Agency's National Center for Environmental Research, recently published a chapter in the new book, Cost-Benefit Analysis and Water Resources Management, with co-author Charles W. Griffiths. "Benefit-Cost Analysis of U.S. Regulations Affecting Surface Water Quality in the United States" reviews the major water-quality rules and the issues surrounding them, especially those related to water valuation.
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STAR Grantee Receives Honor from ES&T
WASHINGTON (NCER) - Mamadou S. Diallo, Ph.D., was recently honored with the "Excellence in Review Award" from the highly cited Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. This publication of the American Chemical Society targets scientists, researchers, and professionals across a broad array of environmental disciplines.
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SETAC Recognizes Former STAR Fellow
Lille, France - For the first time in the history of the European Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), an American researcher has received the “Best Publication Award” in Environmental Science.
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Grant Applications Sought

The Regional Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (REMAP) supports research projects within each of EPA's Regions, which provide states and tribes with tools to collect and provide data that can be consolidated into the national effort to report on environmental resources.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking proposals from researchers in economics, business administration, law, decision sciences, and other social sciences to address issues associated with environmental information disclosure.
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In cooperation with the EPA Global Change Research Program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announces an extramural funding competition. EPA is interested in research leading to the development of decision support systems that can incorporate information about the consequences of global change on human health in order to aid state and local public health agency efforts to ameliorate these impacts.
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In cooperation with the EPA Global Change Research Program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announces an extramural funding competition supporting assessment of the consequences for human health of global change. The two priority research areas for this solicitation are: 1) heat- and cold-related illnesses and 2) waterborne diseases.
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In support of the Agency’s Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) survey of the Great Rivers of the central United States, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is issuing a request for applications (RFA) for the development and interpretation of indicators of the ecological conditions of the Great Rivers based on phytoplankton and periphyton assemblages (and associated measurements) such as chlorophyll and biomass.
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The P3 competition will provide grants to teams of college students to research, develop, and design solutions to challenges to sustainability. P3 highlights people, prosperity, and the planet – the three pillars of sustainability – as the next step beyond P2 or pollution prevention. The P3 Award program is a partnership between the public and private sectors to progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of economic prosperity, protection of the natural systems of the planet, and providing a higher quality of life for its people. EPA and its affiliates offer the P3 Award competition to respond to the technical needs of the developed and developing world in moving towards the goal of sustainability.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for master's and doctoral level students in environmentally related fields of study.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for master's and doctoral level students in environmentally related fields of study.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Fellowships for bachelor level students in environmentally related fields of study.
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Nominations Sought
The 2005 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) call for nominations has been issued . The competition will be limited to papers published between January 1, 2002 and February 2, 2005.
[Read More (PDF) (1 pp, 38 K) | Learn more about STAA]

Grants Awarded

Valuation for Environmental Policy
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research in three areas of interest concerning the valuation of policy-relevant changes in environmentally-related human health risk.
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Centers for Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Applications Sought
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, in partnership with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), is seeking applications for P01 Research Center grants that will conduct multidisciplinary basic and clinical research using a community-based participatory approach to examine the effects of environmental exposures on children's health.
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2005 EPA Fellowships
EPA has awarded 165 research fellowships under its FY05 fellowship program for more than $4.3 million to students pursuing degrees in environmental studies. These include 128 Science to Achieve Results (STAR), and 37 Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) fellowships.
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EPA Launches New Grants Program for Collaborative Environmental Decision Making
(Washington, D.C. – May 18, 2005) Today EPA announced about $2.5 million in grant awards to 10 universities, cities and non-profit organizations as part of a new grants program to help protect people and the planet and to sustain economic growth. The grants program, called the Collaborative Science and Technology Network for Sustainability, is designed to encourage innovative thinking on practical applications of science and engineering.
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Fall 2006 Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Undergraduate Student Fellowships
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) program, is offering Undergraduate Fellowships for bachelor level students in environmentally related fields of study. The deadline for receipt of pre-applications is November 3, 2005. Subject to availability of funding, the Agency plans to award approximately 15 new fellowships by July 21, 2006. Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years. The fellowship provides up to $17,000 per year of academic support and up to $7,500 of internship support for a three-month summer period.
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Nonlinear Responses to Global Change Applications Sought
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, are seeking applications for research on: (1) when and how climate change stressors produce nonlinear ecological responses in linked aquatic and terrestrial systems and (2) when and how multiple global change factors might alter the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems.
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Fall 2006 EPA Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships For Graduate Environmental Study
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for master's and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study. The deadline for receipt of pre-applications is October 18, 2005.
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Fall 2006 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for master's and doctoral level students in the environmental fields of study. The deadline for receipt of pre-applications is October 18, 2005.
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2005 SBIR Phase I Solicitation Now Open
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, invites small business firms to submit research proposals under four research topics: Mid-Atlantic Environmental Problems (EPA Region 3); Pacific Northwest Environmental Problems (EPA Region 10); Hazardous Waste Topics (EPA OSWER); and Critical EPA Research Topics.
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Greater Research Opportunities: Environmentally Benign Manufacturing and Processing
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) program, is seeking applications proposing approaches directed at avoiding or minimizing the generation of pollutants at the source. A new generation of cleaner industrial manufacturing and processing technologies is needed that supports pollution avoidance/prevention (at the source), efficient resource and energy use, and industrial ecology.
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Implications of Tropospheric Air Pollution for Surface UV Exposures Applications Sought
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program is seeking applications proposing research to better understand the effect of tropospheric pollution (ozone and particulate matter) on surface ultraviolet radiation levels.
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Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms Applications Sought
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, and its interagency partners, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), are seeking applications proposing targeted research projects for the Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB) program. This program provides support for research on algal species whose populations may cause or result in deleterious effects on ecosystems and human health.
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Nominations Sought
The 2006 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) call for nominations has been issued . The competition will be limited to papers published between January 1, 2002 and February 2, 2005.
[Read More (PDF) (1 pp, 38 K) | Learn more about STAA]

Past Events

Sustainability, Well-Being, and Environmental Protection: What’s an Agency to Do?
- December 2, 2005
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U.S. EPA Socio-Economic Causes and Consequences of Future Environmental Changes Workshop
- Wednesday, November 16, 2005
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EPA STAR Future Air Pollution Emissions Progress Review Workshop
- November 7, 2005
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Joint Progress Review for U.S. EPA STAR Grants: Regional - Scale Stressor-Response Models and Consequences of Global Change for Aquatic Ecosystems
- November 3 – 4, 2005
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U.S. EPA STAR Environmental Bioinformatics Centers Post-Award Grantees Meeting
- November 2, 2005
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Training Workshop: Remote Sensing / Landscape Characterization Workshop
- November 1 - 3, 2005
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U.S. EPA 2005 Nanotechnology Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Progress Review Workshop - Nanotechnology and the Environment III
- Wednesday, October 26 - Friday, October 28, 2005
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Nanotechnology for Hazardous Waste Site Remediation Technical Workshop
- Thursday, October 20 - Friday, October 21, 2005
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U.S. EPA Collaborative Science and Technology Network for Sustainability - CNS - Progress Review Workshop
- Tuesday, October 18 - Wednesday, October 19, 2005
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Training Workshop: Protection of Human Subjects in EPA's Research and Non-Research Studies, Including Those Conducted in EPA's Regions
- Monday, September 26 - Thursday, September 29, 2005
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U.S. EPA STAR PM Source Apportionment Progress Review Workshop
- Monday, September 19, 2005
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U.S. EPA Meeting on Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
- Tuesday, August 23 - Thursday, August 25, 2005
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STAR Computational Toxicology Progress Review Workshop
- July 18-19, 2005
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Collaborations for Children's Environmental Health Research: A Scientist-to-Scientist Workshop
- July 11 - 12, 2005
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Meeting On Possible Voluntary Pilot Program for Nanoscale Materials
- June 23, 2005
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Nanoscale Materials Voluntary Pilot Program
- June 23, 2005
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See the Future Today: P3 Award Competition
- Monday, May 16 - Tuesday, May 17, 2005
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2005 EPA Science Forum
- Monday, May 16 - Wednesday, May 18, 2005
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Third International Phytotechnologies Conference
- Wednesday, April 20 – Friday, April 22, 2005
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MSI Engineering Sustainability Conference: Call for Papers
- Sunday, April 10 – Tuesday, April 12, 2005
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EPA SBIR Phase I Solicitation Workshop
- Wednesday, April 6, 2005
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EPA SBIR Phase I Solicitation Workshop
- Wednesday, March 23, 2005
The 2005 EPA SBIR Solicitation includes special topics focused on Region 10 environmental problems including mining, air pollution, hazardous waste, Alaska oil and gas and environmental health at Tribal Reservations and Alaska Native Villages.
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EPA SBIR Phase I Solicitation Workshop
- Tuesday, March 22, 2005
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Nanotech and the Environment
- Sunday, March 13 - Thursday, March 17, 2005
A symposium sponsored by the Division of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (I&EC) at the 229th American Chemical Society National Meeting.
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National SBIR Meeting
- Monday, March 7 - Thursday, March 10, 2005
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EPA SBIR Phase I Solicitation Workshop
- Wednesday, March 2, 2005
CEBA/P3 hosts this popular breakfast topic on the EPA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant Program focus for 2005.
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EPA SBIR Phase I Solicitation Workshop
- Thursday, February 10, 2005
Alaskan entrepreneurs and small businesses are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to win contracts under the Environmental Protection Agency's Small Business Innovation Research program.
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