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Small Business Innovation Research

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) is a highly competitive program that encourages small businesses to explore their technological potential. The program provides the incentive to profit from commercializing the technology. By including qualified small businesses in research and development, high-tech innovation is stimulated and solutions are found.

In January 2002, EPA solicited innovative low-cost treatment technologies for removing arsenic from drinking water. Under the SBIR program, eight studies were funded in Phase I. The following Phase II studies have been awarded for emerging technologies:

Limestone-Based Material for Arsenic Removal From Drinking Water

Removal of Arsenic From Drinking Water Using a Novel Hybrid Sorbent

Arsenic Removal System for Residential and Point-of-Use Applications

Science to Achieve Results

Through a competitive solicitation process and independent peer review, EPA's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program funds research and graduate fellowships in environmental science and engineering. The STAR program engages the nation’s best scientists and engineers in targeted research that complements EPA’s own outstanding intramural research program and those of its partners in other federal agencies.

As part of the New Technologies for the Environment solicitation, exploratory research was requested for innovative, cost-effective treatment technologies for arsenic removal. Three projects have been funded:

A Novel Ion Exchange Process for Selective Removal of As (V) and Enhanced Stability of Process Residuals

A Novel Adsoprtion Technology for Small-Scale Treatment of Arsenic

Modified Natural Zeolite (Mnz) as a Selective Sorbent for Simultaneous Removal of Arsenites and Arsenates


April Richards

See Also

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

STAR Fellowships

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