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1997 Grants for Research Introduction and Background


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), invites research grant applications in the following areas of special interest to its mission:

  1. Exploratory Research
  2. Ecosystem Indicators
  3. Issues in Human Health Risk Assessment
  4. Endocrine Disruptors
  5. Ambient Air Quality
  6. Health Effects and Exposures to Particulate Matter and Associated Air Pollutants
  7. Drinking Water
  8. Contaminated Sediments

EPA plans to collaborate with other agencies in soliciting grant applications in the following research areas. Descriptions of these will appear in separate announcements.

  • Water and Watersheds (joint with NSF)
  • Technology for a Sustainable Environment (joint with NSF)
  • Decision-making and Valuation for Environmental Policy (joint with NSF)
  • Harmful Algal Blooms (joint with NOAA, NSF, and ONR)
  • Bioremediation (joint with DOE, NSF, and ONR)
  • Metal Toxicities Associated with Mixtures: Molecular and Cellular Effects Relevant to Carcinogenesis (joint with NCI)
  • Ecosystem Restoration (joint with NASA)
  • Arsenic (joint with AWWARF and ACWA)

This invitation provides relevant background information, summarizes EPA's interest in the topic areas, and describes the application and review process.


In fiscal year 1995 EPA began an expansion of its investigator-initiated research grants program for academic and not-for-profit institutions (the STAR Program, Science to Achieve Results). Subsequently, this program increased in fiscal years 1996 and 1997, and in fiscal year 1998 EPA anticipates reaching its programmatic goal of $100 million. As a part of that program, this Request for Applications (RFA) describes the EPA 1997 solicitation. Additional joint programs with the National Science Foundation and other agencies will be announced separately.

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