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Research Roadmaps

EPA’s six research programs work together to address science challenges that are important for more than one program. Integrating across the six programs is a particular focus for the 2016-2019 plans. ORD puts special emphasis on ensuring that research on cross-cutting issues is coordinated and collaborative.

To strengthen individual Strategic Research Action Plans (StRAPs) and ensure that research on cross-cutting issues is coordinated and collaborative, ORD produced a set of “Research Roadmaps.” The Roadmaps served to coordinate cross-program planning for four high-priority research areas:

  • Nitrogen and Co-Pollutants
  • Children’s Environmental Health
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Justice

Much of the research identified in the Research Roadmaps has been delivered or is well on its way to completion. The collaborative, cross-program work outlined in the Roadmaps has now been woven into the fabric of how this research is planned and conducted across ORD. ORD has determined that continuation of these Research Roadmap documents is no longer needed for lowering programmatic barriers and catalyzing transdisciplinary work.

The legacy of the Roadmaps informs the next iteration of StRAP planning and the heightened ORD focus on translational research, delivering research results that directly inform the decision-support needs of partners on their priority environmental risks. This translational research engagement between ORD and our partners spans problem formulation, through research execution, to a mutual evaluation of the decision-support utility of results.

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  • Nitrogen Research Roadmap (PDF)(96 pp, 4 MB, October 2015)
    The goal of the Nitrogen and Co-pollutant Research Roadmap is to develop a common understanding of the Agency’s nitrogen and co-pollutant management goals; the research program portfolios developed by the ORD National Program Directors (NPDs) in relation to the OW and OAR program offices’ priority research needs; and to identify major focus areas and opportunities for integration across the Agency, research gaps, and future research directions.
  • Nitrogen & Co-pollutant Research Roadmap Annual Report FY16 (PDF)(92 pp, 4 MB, October 2016)
    The Nitrogen and Co-Pollutants Research Roadmap Annual Report summarizes progress made during the fiscal year on research goals and activities described in the Nitrogen and Co-Pollutants Research Roadmap.
  • Children's Environmental Health (CEH) Research Roadmap (PDF)(128 pp, 4 MB, October 2015)
    This roadmap presents ORD’s vision for providing integrated, cutting-edge science on CEH to inform Agency decisions. This roadmap will build stronger bridges to EPA partners and stakeholders who care about CEH issues. Resulting research will provide the science required for EPA actions to promote children’s environmental health and well-being.
  • Children’s Environmental Health Research Roadmap Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report (PDF)(42 pp, 2 MB)
    The Children’s Environmental Health Research Roadmap Annual Report summarizes progress made during the fiscal year on research goals and activities described in the Children’s Environmental Health Research Roadmap.
  • Climate Change Research Roadmap (PDF)(62 pp, 1 MB, November 2016)
    The Roadmap places climate change science in the six National Research Programs—recent, ongoing, and planned—in the context of this vision, identifying major focus areas, opportunities for integration, and critical research gaps to inform the evolution of ORD’s Strategic Research Action Plans (StRAPs).
  • Climate Change Research Roadmap Annual Report (PDF)(27 pp, 837 K, October 2016)
    The Climate Change Research Roadmap Annual Report summarizes progress made during the fiscal year on research goals and activities described in the Climate Change Research Roadmap.
  • Environmental Justice Research Roadmap (PDF)(70 pp, 3 MB, December 2016)
    The Environmental Justice Research Roadmap describes the interface between environmental justice and science, and outlines opportunities that exist in the link between environmental equity and technology.
  • Environmental Justice Research Roadmap FY16 Annual Report (PDF)(41 pp, 2 MB, October 2016)
    The Environmental Justice Research Roadmap Annual Report summarizes progress made during the fiscal year on research goals and activities described in the Environmental Justice Research Roadmap.