Surveys, Studies, Investigations and Special Purpose Grants within the Office of Research and Develo

To (1) support surveys, studies and investigations and special purpose assistance to determine the environmental effects of air quality, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and pesticides (2) identify, develop, and demonstrate effective pollution control techniques; and
(3) fund innovative regional projects that address a stated problem or opportunity relating to sustainability and use science to inform design, planning and decision-making at the local, state and industrial levels.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2008: FY 2008 Priorities include conducting air pollutants research, risk assessment, water quality research, drinking water research, research to improve human health (including children's) research related to Homeland Security.

Surveys, studies, and investigations to determine the environmental effects of air quality, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and pesticides will also be funded under this category.

This funding priority also provides support for conferences relating to the areas above.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

(1) To investigate methods to manage large floodplain rivers in ways that achieve multiple, sustained benefits by restoring hydrogeomorphic river channel processes in carefully selected locations.

(2) This assistance agreement will support a meeting to foster collaborative research among researchers in different States on the effects of ozone on plants, and to find ways to reach out to the public to inform them of the results of this research.

(3) This project, through distribution of Pollution Prevention and linked life cycle cost accounting tools, will enable small and medium size businesses located in greater New England to reduce their emission of toxic substances, which will in turn lead to reduced environmental health risks.

(4) The goals of this project are to develop and apply a methodology for benchmarking curricula in sustainability engineering and to identify individuals active in sustainability engineering education.

The information collected in this project will be available as a resource for faculty at institutions of higher education to enhance the engineering curricula with lessons focused on the environmental impacts associated with the design of products, processes, or systems.

(5) This grant studies environmental sustainability issues concerning the need to balance the use of water to meet both human and environmental demands.

Funding will support a decision support system (DDS) that will integrate scientific models of ecological water flow needs, water demand management, and water supply planning into a decision-oriented optimization framework that promotes preventive approaches.

Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Office - Individuals are encouraged to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog or the contact listed on the RFA.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

An estimated 50 grants/cooperative agreements are made each year. Data of the number of applications received and the exact number of awards made in the last three fiscal years is not available. Summary results of the research are available on

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds awarded via grants/cooperative agreements are available for allowable direct cost expenditures incident to performance plus allocable portions of allowable indirect costs of the institutions, in accordance with the established policies of EPA.

Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information.

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