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Special Announcements
  • Notice of Willingness to Participate in Funding Opportunities of Other Federal Agencies (PDF) (2 pp, 12 K)
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SBIR Phase I Solicitation is now closed and the next SBIR solicitation will open in March 2009. However, there are nearer term opportunities for SBIR funding of environmental technologies in the National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR Phase I Solicitation closing on December 4, 2008. Nearly all of EPA's technology needs have significant synergy with this NSF Solicitation.
    [More Info (PDF) (1pp, 14 K)]

Featured Stories
STAR Fellow Studies the Impact of Nutrient Pollution on Marine Invasive Species
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EPA to partner with U.K. Funding Agencies to Launch Major Joint Research Effort on the Behaviour and Effects of Nanomaterials in the Environment
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NERC LogoTen Years of Addressing Children's Health through Regulatory Policy
Devon Payne-Sturges of USEPA's National Center for Environmental Research analyzes the impact of EO13045 and its related children's health policies on EPA's regulatory process in the December issue of Environmental Health Perspectives.
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Picture cited from Environmental Science & TechnologyDiscovery Channel Features STAR Research on Global Warming
STAR-funded researcher Pavan Racherla of Carnegie Mellon University was recently quoted on Discovery Channel News in a segment about how ozone pollution may worsen under climate change.
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Dr. Jose L. Jimenez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder.STAR Researcher Wins Prestigious Whitby Award
STAR-funded Professor Jose L. Jimenez has just been awarded the prestigious Kenneth T. Whitby Award for 2008 by the American Association for Aerosol Research at their annual meeting in Orlando, FL. The award recognizes outstanding technical contributions in aerosol science and technology by a young scientist.
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Jason Townsend is a Ph.D. student in Conservation Biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  His work is funded by a STAR Graduate Research Fellowship.STAR Fellow Studies Mercury Hotspots in the Catskills
STAR Fellow Jason Townsend is comparing mercury accumulation in several forest types in New Yorks Catskill Mountains. This study takes place in the heavily forested Ashokan Reservoir watershed, an area that provides drinking water to approximately 9 million people in and around New York City.
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P3 LogoStarting a New Day Around the Globe with Sustainable Energy Solutions
Could a cup of coffee jump start both you and your car in the morning? Is it possible to run a college dormitory in Africa on locally available fuel sources? Two universities are answering these questions, thanks to EPAs People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) program, which demonstrates that protecting the environment can also be economically profitable
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Fullerene Killer Clothing Bursts Bad Bacteria
Seven Technologies to Ward Off Disease-Causing Microbes An article from ABC News interviews researchers developing and evaluating new technologies designed to kill germs (bacteria and viruses) - some of these technologies contain antimicrobial silver nanoparticles. One of the projects cited is funded through an ongoing EPA STAR grant.
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Research on the Design of Policies for Pollution Control Using Market Mechanisms, and Data Gathering for Dissertation and Early Career Research on the Pollution Control Aspects of Environmental Economics
The Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) National Center for Environmental Economics (NCEE) is soliciting proposals for Federal assistance for (1) conducting research on the "Design of Policies for Pollution Control Using Market Mechanisms" and for (2) research support for "Data Gathering for Dissertation and Early Career Research on the Pollution Control Aspects of Environmental Economics".
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Whiteflies proliferate on cotton plants near Blythe, CaliforniaSTAR Fellow helps Arizona farmers grow cotton more safely
Anyone who has purchased fine cotton clothing or bed linens will recognize Pima as a synonym for quality. Pima cotton, one of the finest cottons grown in the United States, is named for Pima County, AZ, where it was developed in the early 1900s. Dave Crowder, an EPA STAR Fellow at the University of Arizona in Pima County, is working to ensure quality cotton continues to grow in Arizona while helping protect the environment.
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Integrated Design, Modeling, and Monitoring of Geologic Sequestration of Anthropogenic Carbon Dioxide to Safeguard Sources of Drinking Water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science To Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications to conduct research to support the development of sound risk management strategies for the underground injection of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) in candidate subsurface geologic formations.
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Summer 2008: Time to GROGrowing a Garden of Future Environmental Leaders - 54 Students Receive EPA Research Fellowships
How do you grow future leaders to develop sustainable energy solutions for America? Start with the sun and the wind. That's what EPA's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grantee Matthias Fripp is doing at the University of California at Berkeley with his three-year award.
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P36th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet
EPA and its partners invite submissions to the 6th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability. EPA is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society.
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Buckeyball Nanotechnology: A Brave New World Requires Bold New Research Approaches
Nanotechnology opens new worlds of possibilities for important computer, medical and environmental applications. To ensure nanotechnology is developed in a responsible manner, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and EPA awarded $38 million to establish two Centers for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINs).
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Water Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Selected for $500K EPA Research Grant
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution of Woods Hole, Mass. has received a $508,494 grant for the development and use of a new technology to detect and count harmful algal bloom cells in drinking water. Woods Hole is one of five recipients of EPA research grants to improve the detection of known and emerging drinking water contaminants, including potent toxins produced by blue-green algae.
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Assessment in Engineering Programs: Evolving Best PracticesNew Book Chapter on the Educational Benefits of EPAs P3 Award
EPAs P3 Award has received accolades as an innovative program that is developing new, sustainable technologies. Because the program is designed for student teams, and includes a requirement to educate students about sustainability, there is an obvious link to education.
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EPA's Russell Wright (thrid from right) presenting check.New STAR Grant Award to University of Kentucky
On Thursday, August 20, 2008, EPA announced an award of $2 million to the University Kentucky to study the implications of nanomaterials on human health. Making the award, EPA Region 4 Deputy Administrator Russell Wright said, "We're here to celebrate this collaboration between EPA and the University of Kentucky. With the largest single STAR grant awarded for nanotechnology, the University of Kentucky and its partner the University of Louisville are about to launch a study with truly global implications."
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Dr. Bill Sanders, Director of EPAs National Center for Environmental Research, discusses the growing field of Green Building and what you can do to improve the environmental performance of your home or building. Could Preserving Biodiversity Reduce Disease? EPA Funds $2.25 Million to Research Connections
EPA has awarded three grants, totaling $2.25 million, to support research programs working to better understand and characterize the mechanisms that link environmental stressors, such as deforestation and climate change, to the loss of biodiversity and the transmission of infections diseases to people.
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Summer 2008: Time to GRO Summer 2008: Time to GRO
This summer, 15 undergraduate EPA Fellows will be protecting the environment while gaining valuable career experienceall part of EPAs Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship Program.
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EPA and the Venture Capital Community: Building Bridges to Commercialize Technology NACEPT Report Recommends Actions for EPA to Achieve More Private Sector Investment in Environmental Technologies
The National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT), (an independent advisory committee to EPA), has released a new report identifying actions that EPA and the investment community can take to increase private sector investment in developing new environmental technologies necessary to combat climate change.
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SBIR logoSmall Businesses Tackle Big Environmental Issues
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $1.6 million in funding for seven small companies to commercialize green technologies.
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Image of P3 LogoCollege Students Find Greener Solutions to Protect the Planet: EPA P3 Award Winners
EPAs annual People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) competition plants the seeds for future technologies that are both environmentally-friendly and profitable. The competition winners announced last night show the agency harvested a plentiful crop this year.
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Image of Federal News RadioFederal News Radio reports on the National Sustainable Design Expo
Federal News Radio interviewed George Gray, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development, and Christopher Zarba, Deputy Director of the National Center for Environmental Research about the sustainable design college competition on the National Mall.
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Image of WPI KiteWPI team builds device to harness wind power
Kite flying students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute aren't waiting until they graduate to start changing the world.
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Earth Day 2008: Show Me the Green!
Everyone is talking these days about "going green" and sustainability. And they're also asking: "What does sustainability really mean?
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Image of P3 TeamEPA to Host Earth Day Meeting on Sustainability Projects
Scientists and engineers supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Collaborative Science and Technology Network for Sustainability (CNS) program are meeting April 22-23 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel and in EPA offices in Washington, D.C., to solicit input and share early progress on their projects.
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Statue of Liberty New Report Identifies Solutions for A Cleaner New York/New Jersey Harbor
(New York April 03, 2008) The New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) has issued a groundbreaking report summarizing pollution prevention (P2) strategies for five contaminants to the NY/NJ Harbor.
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Image of P3 LogoEarth Day 2008: Green Technology and Buildings Bloom on the National Mall
On April 20 22, 2008, EPA will hold the National Sustainable Design Expo which showcases new sustainable or green technologies.
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SBIR logo Small Businesses Grow Big Environmental Technologies
(Washington, D.C. March 26, 2008) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a small program with tremendous success stories. EPA today announced $1.75 million in SBIR contracts to 25 small businesses to research and develop new environmental technologies.
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SBIR logo America's Heartland: EdenSpace Plants Video
One of our great pleasures on Americas Heartland is discovering the lesser known, unusual products grown and raised by American farmers and ranchers.
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A Decade of Childrens Health Research EPA Knows More about Children's Environmental Health Than Ever
EPA has published a research summary report called: A Decade of Children’s Health Research.  This report summarizes important research findings found from $127 million invested in  research grants on children’s environmental health in response to an executive order issued in 1997. 
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16 STAR Grantees Receive AAAS Honors
AAAS Logo Sixteen STAR grantees were elected as AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Fellows in 2007. These honors are awarded to AAAS members who have made significant efforts to advance science or its applications.
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buckeyball Nanotechnology: The Big News is Small
Americans are famous for building big: the tallest sky scraper, the biggest jet, the widest plasma TV screen. But now U.S. entrepreneurs are considering thinking small.
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Which Administrator Was Taped By the Jeopardy Clue Crew? Jeopardy Quizzes America with Environmental Clues
Jeopardy’s field correspondents, known as the “Clue Crew,” travel the world to find “unique, fascinating, and entertaining” facts. On April 24, 2007, the Clue Crew visited EPA’s National Sustainable Design Expo on the Mall.
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64 P3 Grants Awarded
EPA has awarded 64 P3 grants (58 Phase I and 6 Phase II) to student teams representing 56 universities in 29 states. Winners were chosen from about 100 teams who applied. All the Phase I competition winners received $10,000 (and Phase II received $75,000) grants to research and develop their design projects during the academic year (2007-2008). The total amount awarded through these 64 grants was $1,080,000.
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EPA Awards $3.45 Million in Grants to Assess Health Outcomes
EPAs Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program has awarded $3.45 million in grants to 6 universities and 1 state agency to develop indicators that signal the impact of changes in the environment, policies or management approaches on public health.
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SBIR logoNanoparticle-Anchored Plasticizers
With support from EPAs SBIR Program, TDA Research, Inc., developed a system that softens plastics by forming a polymer nanocomposite that does not become brittle and contaminate its surroundings by leaching its plasticizer.
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People In The News

Dr. Barbara KarnFollow the Green Nano Road
Dr. Barbara Karn of USEPAs National Center for Environmental Research promotes green nanotechnology in an article in the current issue of the Journal of Industrial Ecology. Dr. Karn points out that a combined total of over $9 billion is being spent annually by government and industry, but only 0.6% of this total expenditure ($60 million) is directed toward research for the protection of people and the planet.
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Photo of Dr. Brandon Jones Blending Science and Education
NCER’s Brandon Jones recently accepted a position on the national advisory committee for the Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence or COSEE (http://www.cosee.net/ exit EPA). Brandon’s appointment came after a request from the National Science Foundation and the principal investigators of the COSEE network.
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Dr. Bill Sanders, Director of EPAs National Center for Environmental Research, discusses the growing field of Green Building and what you can do to improve the environmental performance of your home or building. Green Scene: Green Buildings
Dr. Bill Sanders, Director of EPA's National Center for Environmental Research, discusses the growing field of "Green Building" and what you can do to improve the environmental performance of your home or building.
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video still from the discussion with Montira PongsiriNew EPA Video Highlights Biodiversity Research Program
Dr. Montira Pongsiri describes the EPA's upcoming research through a new interdisciplinary program designed to understand how maintaining healthy ecosystems and biodiversity can protect people from disease.
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STAR Grantee Develops Potentially Inexpensive Nanotube Solar Technology
Somenath Mitra, along with researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), has developed a potentially cheap solar technology which can be painted or printed on flexible plastic sheets. The benefits could be enormous to the consumer, producer, and the environment.
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M. Granger Morgan  source: http://www.cmu.edu/news/archive/2007/May/may3_morgan.shtml STAR Grantee Elected to U.S. National Academy of Sciences
M. Granger Morgan, a former STAR grantee, has been elected to the prestigious U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Morgan is University Professor and head of the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon (where he is also Lord chair professor in engineering and is a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering and in the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management).
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Paul R. Anderson source:http://www.iit.edu/~ce/research/projects/anderson.htm Chicago to Build On Wastewater Reuse Research Done by Paul Anderson
In 2004 NCER launched the Collaborative Science and Technology Network for Sustainability (CNS). The grant-based program was designed to fund projects which explored new, collaborative, and system-based approaches to sustainability. In its first year the program funded 12 projects, one of which was developed by Paul R. Anderson.
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Photo of Dr. Marc Edwards STAR Grantee Wins a MacArthur Fellowship
Dr. Marc Edwards, a former STAR grantee and a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been chosen as a MacArthur Fellow for 2007. While being funded by STAR Edwards did research concerning the coagulation and removal of particulate matter, natural organic matter (NOM), and arsenic from drinking water.
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Grant Applications Sought

Computational Toxicology Research Centers: in vitro and in silico Models Of Developmental Toxicity Pathways
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing to develop in vitro and in silico (computational) models for developmental toxicity pathways.
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2009 Academic Year EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships for Undergraduate Environmental Study
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) program, is offering Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study.
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Forecasting Ecosystem Services from Wetland Condition Analyses
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications to develop relationships between wetland ecological condition indicators and ecosystem services delivery.
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Adaptation for Future Air Quality Analysis and Decision Support Tools in Light of Global Change Impacts and Mitigation
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research to better understand the interplay of climate factors and air pollution regulatory requirements on air quality outcomes.
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Climate Change and Allergic Airway Disease
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research on the impact of global change on the development and severity of allergic airway disease from exposure to pollen, mold, and other plant-derived allergens.
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EPA Requesting Environmental Technology Research Proposals from Small Business
SBIR logo EPA has opened its 2008 SBIR Phase I solicitation requesting research proposals from small businesses in the following areas: Innovation in Manufacturing; Nanotechnology; Green Buildings; Drinking Water and Water Monitoring; Water Infrastructure Rehabilitation; Monitoring and Control of Air Pollution; Biofuels and Vehicle Emissions Reduction; Waste Management and Monitoring and Homeland Security.
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Consequences of Global Change for Water Quality
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) National Center for Environmental Research (NCER), in cooperation with the EPA Global Change Research Program, announces a competition for projects supporting research into the consequences of climate change for U.S. water quality to support human and aquatic life uses. EPA is interested in the hydrologic and other watershed processes that affect water resources that may be altered by a changing climate.
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Broad Agency Announcement for Conferences, Workshops, and/or Meetings
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) soliciting applications from eligible applicants for the planning, arranging, administering and/or conducting of conferences, workshops, and/or meetings (hereinafter referred to as “conferences”) that focus on research to protect human health and safeguard the environment.
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Health Effects of Near-Roadway Exposures to Air Pollution
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program, is seeking initial proposals for studies of the health effects associated with near-roadway exposures to air pollution. An expanding body of epidemiological data suggests that increased health risks are associated with air pollution exposures in populations residing close to roadways.
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Grants Awarded

Building a Sustainable America - One Community at a Time
Even deep into the political debate season, there is one issue that generates much agreement: the need to go green while keeping the economy growing. That's the target of the $3 million in grants EPA awarded on November 8, 2007 to cities and universities under its Collaborative Science and Technology Network for Sustainability (CNS) program. [Read More]

Past Events

EPA Symposium on Groundwater-Borne Infectious Disease, Etiologic Agents and Indicators
- December 2 4, 2008
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Interagency Environmental Nanotechnology Grantees Workshop
- November 19 - 21, 2008
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Endocrine Disruptors in the Environment: A U.S. EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Progress Review
- November 16, 2008
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2008 SBIR/STTR National Fall Conference
- November 11-14, 2008
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EPAVenture Capital Community Summit: Exploring Programs to Commercialize Environmental Technology
- November 12, 2008
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Future Air Quality with Projected Global Changes: A Progress Review Meeting Presented by EPA Global Change STAR Grantees
- October 27 - 28, 2008
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ISEE/ISEA Joint Annual Conference: Exposure and Health in a Global Environment
- October 12 - 16, 2008
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International Environmental Nanotechnology Conference: Applications and Implications
- October 7 - 9, 2008
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EPA Region 2 ETV-SBIR Workshop
- October 7 - 8, 2008
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8th National Tribal Conference on Environmental Management (NTCEM)
- June 24 - 26, 2008
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2008 SBIR/STTR National Spring Conference
- May 27 - 30, 2008
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2008 EPA/AAAS Graduate Fellowship Program Expo
- May 19, 2008
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Sources, Composition, and Health Effects of Coarse PM Grants Kickoff Meeting
- May 8, 2008
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Sources and Atmospheric Formation of Organic PM Grants Kick-off Meeting
- May 7, 2008
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EPA Region 3 Climate Change & Particulate Matter Spring Conference
- April 30, 2008
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Collaborative Science and Technology Network For Sustainability (CNS) Grantee Workshop
- April 22 - 23, 2008
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SBIR Workshop
- April 22, 2008
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4th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo
- April 20 - 22, 2008
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SBIR Workshop
- April 09, 2008
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The Joint U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Homeland Security Conference on Real-World Applications and Solutions for Microbial Risk Assessment
- April 08 - 10, 2008
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SBIR Phase 1 Kick-off Meeting
- April 03 - 04, 2008
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Research Approaches to Assessing Public Health Impacts of Risk Management Decisions
- Tuesday, January 22 - Wednesday, January 23, 2008
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Environmental Behavior and Decision-Making: Corporate Environmental Behavior and Benefits of Environmental Information Disclosure Workshop
- Monday, January 14 – Tuesday, January 15, 2008
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