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2012 EPA Research Progress Report

EPA Research Grants and Fellowships for 2012

EPA funds research grants and graduate fellowships in numerous environmental science and engineering disciplines through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. The program engages the nation’s best scientists and engineers in targeted research that complements EPA’s own intramural research program and supports partners in other federal agencies.

The Agency awarded 126 Fellowships (87 graduate and 39 undergraduate), 114 grants (this includes funds awarded in Fiscal Year 2012, which includes late 2011), and 32 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards to support environmental research conducted in 2012. Grants are given through competitive solicitation processes followed by independent peer review.

In addition, through this same competitive process, EPA periodically establishes large research centers in specific areas of national concern. Currently, centers focus on children’s environmental health, nanotechnology, clean air, computational toxicology, health effects of pollutants, and green infrastructure and stormwater management for Chesapeake Bay.

STAR Graduate Fellowships

The STAR Graduate Fellowship Program supports masters and doctoral candidates working towards advanced degrees and careers in environmental science and engineering. Students can pursue degrees in traditionally recognized environmental disciplines as well as other fields such as environmental anthropology, urban and regional planning, and decision sciences.

STAR fellowships are intended to help defray the ever-increasing costs associated with studies leading to advanced degrees in environmental sciences. Eighty-seven STAR Graduate Fellowships were awarded to support graduate work in human health and environmental research in 2012. 

Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships

The Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) fellowships support undergraduate students in environmental fields of study. The goals of the program are to bolster the next generation of environmental leaders, inspire and train diverse communities, and boost excellent research and development.

Eligible students 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 $20,700 for academic support and up to $8,600 of support for a three-month summer internship. The Agency awards approximately 40 new fellowships each year.

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