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Research Grants

Chemical Mechanisms to Address New Challenges in Air Quality Modeling

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Research and Development
Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program

This is the initial announcement of this funding opportunity.

Funding Opportunity Numbers:

EPA-G2019-STAR-C1, Chemical Mechanisms to Address New Challenges in Air Quality Modeling
EPA-G2019-STAR-C2, Early Career: Chemical Mechanisms to Address New Challenges in Air Quality Modeling

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 66.509

Solicitation Opening Date: May 8, 2019
Solicitation Closing Date: June 24, 2019: 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research to improve air quality models relevant to ozone, particulate matter (PM), regional haze, air toxics, and emerging pollutants. Specifically, this Request for Applications (RFA) is seeking research on the development of the component of an air quality model that represents the relevant atmospheric chemical reactions, which is known in this field of modeling as “the chemical mechanism.” The RFA seeks research on:

  1. Development of data, methods, and software tools for generating explicit chemical mechanisms that a) have a coherent and integrated treatment of gas, aerosol, aqueous, and heterogenous chemistry, b) can be easily updated to reflect evolving kinetic, mechanistic, and theoretical knowledge and understanding, and c) are applicable to a wide range of atmospheric concentration regimes and environmental conditions;
  2. Development and evaluation of algorithms, numerical techniques and software tools to reduce (i.e., simplify) detailed, integrated chemical mechanisms into application-specific condensed mechanisms appropriate for use in global and regional air quality models; and
  3. Applications of new condensed mechanisms generated for broad applications or for specific conditions in global and regional air quality models to investigate air quality research topics relevant to air quality management in the United States.

The focus of this solicitation is on the development of chemical mechanisms relevant over multiple regimes (a wide range of concentrations, oxidant ratios, and temperatures, and multiple phases) and spatiotemporal scales within a framework that can generate mechanisms for current air quality assessments and have the flexibility to generate updated mechanisms as understanding of atmospheric chemistry evolves and new concerns emerge.

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