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EPA Awards more than $28,000 in Grants to the University of Alabama for Innovative Technology Projects

03/22/2018
Contact Information: 
James Pinkney (pinkney.james@epa.gov)
(404) 562-9183 (Direct), (404) 562-8400 (Main)

ATLANTA- (March 22, 2018) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the University of Alabama would receive two grants totaling $28,909 to fund two Phase I student teams through the People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) grants program. Over $463,000 in funding is being provided by the program for 31 teams nationwide that are developing sustainable technologies to solve current environmental and public health challenges.

“This year’s P3 teams are applying their classroom learning to create valuable, cutting-edge technologies,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “This next generation of scientists is designing sustainable solutions that will help protect public health and the environment and ensure America continues to lead the world in innovation and science for decades to come.”

Funding for the P3 competition is divided into two phases. Teams selected for Phase I awards receive grants of up to $15,000 to fund the proof of concept for their projects, which are then showcased at the National Sustainable Design Expo. The 2018 Expo is scheduled to be held at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC, April 7-8. Phase I teams are eligible to compete for Phase II awards of up to $75,000 to further develop and implement their designs. 

“This grant will allow the University of Alabama student teams to apply their classroom experiences, and develop innovative solutions to improve their communities and the environment,” said Regional Administrator Trey Glenn.

 “The P3 program provides a unique opportunity for students to be involved throughout the stages of a research project, from literature review, experimental design and proposal writing, to conducting the research, presenting a poster and writing the final report,” said University of Alabama Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Associate Professor Mark Elliott. “The P3 program is an invaluable opportunity for aspiring researchers and academics to experience all stages of a research project.”

To learn more about the projects of the 2017 Phase I winners, visit: https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/recipients.display/rfa_id/632/records_per_page/ALL

For more information on the P3 Program, visit: http://www.epa.gov/P3

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