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Organotypic Culture Models for Predictive Toxicology Center
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications for research centers to investigate toxic effects of chemical substances in three-dimensional (3D) in vitro models, hereafter referred to as ‘organotypic culture models’ (OCMs). (CFDA: 66.509)
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Pregnant WomanSTAR Children’s Pesticide Exposure Research Reviewed in Science
A recent article in Science called “Growing Up With Pesticides” reviews three long term epidemiological studies started in the 1990’s under two of the EPA and NIEHS jointly funded Children’s Environmental Health Centers: the University of California Berkeley, Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas or CHAMACOS, and the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health. (CFDA: 66.509)
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Cambrian teamFormer Administrator William "Bill" Reilly visits SBIR Award Winner Cambrian Innovation
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award winner Cambrian Innovation received a visit from former EPA Administrator William "Bill" Reilly recently, to view first hand, Cambrian Innovation's deployment of their novel wastewater treatment system, EcoVolt.
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SBIR LogoDeputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe talks about the small business SBIR Phase II awardees
EPA’s funding will support technologies ranging from an E-waste recycling process that will help recover valuable resources from industrial scrap to an environmentally friendly insulation that can support energy efficiency in green buildings.
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Ecovative factory worker with packaging moldEcovative’s biodegradable styrofoam replacement business is mushrooming!
Ecovative Designs, a 2010 SBIR Phase 1 Award winner, was recently covered by CBS News because of its novel approach to creating biodegradable insulation and packaging materials. (CFDA: 66.509)
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SBIR LogoEPA Awards $2 Million to Small Businesses for Sustainable Technology Development
EPA announces the awarding of more than $2 million in SBIR Phase 2 contracts to seven small businesses to develop sustainable technologies that will help protect human health and the environment. (CFDA: 66.509)
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UC Davis LogoMother’s Antibodies May Explain a Quarter of Autism Cases
EPA STAR-funded researchers have identified seven primary auto-antibodies and corresponding antigens that appear to be linked to maternal autoantibody-related (MAR) autism. (CFDA: 66.509)
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SBIR LogoNanoMech’s TuffTek® coating receives prestigious R&D 100 Award
Nanomech, an EPA Small Business Innovative Research Program (SBIR) award recipient, has received R&D Magazine’s R&D 100 Award for its TuffTek® coating technology for environmentally friendly cutting tool manufacture. (CFDA: 66.509)
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P3 Logo2013 P3 Phase 2 Winners Announced
On June 19, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced seven university and college teams received the coveted P3 Award for their innovative solutions to some of today's toughest public health and environmental challenges. (CFDA: 66.509)
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SBIR LogoEPA Awards $2 Million for Small Business Innovation Research: Promoting Green Jobs
On June 12, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced awards of more than $2 million to 25 small businesses nationwide to develop new environmental technologies that will help protect people's health and the environment. (CFDA: 66.509)
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Susceptibility and Variability in Human Response to Chemical Exposure
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research to study life stage and/or genetic susceptibility in order to better characterize the sources of human variability in response to chemical exposure. (CFDA: 66.509)
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Healthy Schools: Environmental Factors, Children’s Health and Performance, and Sustainable Building Practices
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposingresearch that will inform school (K-12 educational facilities) building design, construction and operation practices in order to foster safe and healthy school environments and maximize student achievement and teacher and staff effectiveness. (CFDA: 66.509)
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EPA Awards More Than $4.3 Million in Partnership with NSF and NOAA for Climate and Air Quality Research / Southern Company, Electric Power Research Institute provide additional support Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced more than $4.3 million in grants to 13 institutions to study and improve our understanding of how certain organic compounds form in the atmosphere.
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EPA SBIR Awardees, Orono and Ecovative receive Tibbetts Awards at the White House
Ecovative Design Two of EPA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program awardees received Tibbets Awards at the White House. Orono Spectral Solutions and Ecovative Design were among the 21 recipients of this year’s Tibbets Awards. This prestigious award is presented to small businesses and individuals that are exemplary in their work and continue to illustrate the mission and goals of the SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfers programs.
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National Center for Innovation in Small Drinking Water Systems
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications for a National Research Center that will: identify, develop, demonstrate and facilitate widespread acceptance and applicability of novel and innovative technologies and approaches to measure or treat groups of microbiological or chemical contaminants, or their precursors; apply novel new information technology systems; and improve the sustainability of small drinking water systems. (CFDA: 66.509)
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Defiant Technologies Hand-held Gas Chromatography Tool.  Image credit: defiant-tech.com Smallest Hand-held Gas Chromatography tool is a Big SBIR Success
Defiant Technologies has developed a hand-held, portable device to detect and analyze VOCs in water, soil and air. The FROG- 4000™, a portable gas chromatography (GC) instrument, is constructed with miniaturized components used for analytical chemistry. The battery powered FROG-4000™ is the smallest and lightest GC system on the market today and provides onsite VOC analysis results in less than 10 minutes.
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P3 Logo More than 3.5 Gigawatt Hours Saved Through Lucid Designs Energy Competitions
Lucid Designs, a company established by Oberlin College P3 Expo winners in 2004, conducts annual College Campus and K-12 School energy conservation competitions using their Building Dashboard energy monitoring and display technology. (CFDA: 66.509)
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Dry Cleaning Minority Populations May be at Higher Risk to Perc Exposures
STAR Grantee, Jan Storm of New York State’s Department of Health Bureau of Toxic Substance Assessment, has found socioeconomic disparities in exposure to perchloroethylene in indoor air. (CFDA: 66.509)
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This cross-section of Douglas-fir from Arizona shows the tree's annual growth rings. Each ring has a light-colored band, or earlywood, that forms in the spring and a dark-colored band, or latewood, that forms in the summer. The width of the band tells how much the tree grew during that period and therefore can be used as a proxy for the climate during that season. (Image (c) Daniel Griffin/University of Arizona) Tree Rings Used to Identify Past Droughts in the US Southwest
Daniel Griffin, a 2010 Fellowship recipient has been researching the use of tree-ring analysis to reconstruct monsoon records over the past 500 years in America’s southwest. Griffin has found that the monsoon droughts of the past were more severe and persistent than any of the last 100 years. (CFDA: 66.509)
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Science for Sustainable and Healthy Tribes
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research on science for sustainable and healthy tribes. This solicitation is focused on research to develop sustainable solutions to environmental problems that affect tribes. (CFDA: 66.509)
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child with sippy cup STAR Researchers Find BPA exposure may raise risk for Asthma
STAR grantees at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health have reported that exposures to biphenol A (BPA) by pregnant women and young children may cause an increased risk of asthma in children. (CFDA: 66.509)
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Climate Models Show Bermuda High can Impact Surface Ozone Levels
STAR grantees in Maryland are studying climate models to see how global climate affects US air quality.  They have found that changes in the “Bermuda High” can vary ozone levels across some regions in the US. (CFDA: 66.509)
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STAR Research Finds Three Risk Factors for Developing Childhood Asthma
STAR Research at Columbia’s Center for Children’s Environmental Health, shows a joint effect between pre term exposure to PAH’s and post term exposure of young children to cockroach allergens. (CFDA: 66.509)
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Joint EPA/NSF Nanotechnology Research Center Receives Prestigious Award
EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grantees with the University of California - Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC-CEIN) were awarded the California Governor's Environment and Economic Leadership Award Program (GEELA) in the Green Chemistry category. (CFDA: 66.509)
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Cambrian Innovation Logo STAR Research Helps Protect Chesapeake Bay from Nutrient and Steriod Runoff
STAR grantees at the University of Maryland Wye Research Center have shown the value of tilling poultry fecal litter into the soil to reduce runoff impacts. (CFDA: 66.509)
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EPA & National Science Foundation Support Research for Safer Chemical Design
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF), announced two funding opportunities for up to ten grants totaling up to $32 million for research on the design of safer chemicals. (CFDA: 66.509)
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P3 Logo EPA Awards Almost $700,000 to Student Teams in Sustainable Technology Competition
This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded grants to 45 college teams in phase I of its People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) annual student design competition. Each grant, totaling up to $15,000 per team, for an overall amount of $675,000, is applied toward designing and developing sustainable technologies to help protect people’s health and the environment while promoting economic development. (CFDA: 66.509)
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EPA Awards More Than $5.3 Million for Research Fellowships
Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced more than $5.3 million in research fellowships to 126 students pursuing degrees in environmental studies. The 39 Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) fellows and the 87 Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellows exemplify the agency’s efforts to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. (CFDA: 66.509)
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