Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Research Program

EPA's National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) is interested in stimulating and nurturing environmental research and educational opportunities at educational institutions that are not highly funded for development of environmental research capacity.

Increased resources not only will enable
such institutions to better serve their student populations, but also use the strategic positions in their communities to provide critical information and to develop and implement risk communication strategies.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2008: At this time, it is not anticipated that there will be a new funding opportunity for FY 2008.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects


Develop nanofiber chitosan membranes using an electro-spinning process with the capacity to treat aqueous and gaseous environments.


Support the development of fluorescent detectors for a common seafood poison- saxitoxin.


Demonstrate the feasibility of using an internally-cooled machining tool that can perform at the same level as a conventional externally-cooled machine tool and thus eliminate the use of metalworking fluids.


Develop the technology, commercial applications, and life cycle assessments for high-performance microcellular (nano-) composites that use sustainable biobased materials via an environmentally benign manufacturing process.


Develop unit operations for the leather processing industry based on the use of liquid carbon dioxide.

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

The solicitation may be found at: