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1. Exploratory Research

The mission of EPA is to provide environmental policies, risk assessments, pollution prevention programs, and effective regulations based on sound science. NCER is committed to providing the best possible products in areas of scientific research through significant supportfor long-term research that anticipates future environmental problems and strives to fulfill significant gaps in knowledge relevant to protecting the environment. In part, these goals may be accomplished through this competitive, peer-reviewed extramural program in which investigator-initiated projects in fundamental research can discover solutions to environmental problems and EPA can benefit from close cooperation with the scientific community. Specifically, NCER is seeking grant applications to conduct exploratory environmental research based on investigator-initiated proposals in the broad areas listed below. The examples of possible study areas are provided as a guide and should not be interpreted to exclude other studies relevant to the broad topic area.

1A. Environmental Biology.

Examples of studies in this area include investigations to elucidate and increase our understanding of environmental biological processes at the molecular, cellular, organism, or population level. The ultimate application of this knowledge should be to better understand the impact human activities or environmental pollution may have on these biological systems.

1B. Environmental Chemistry.

Applications submitted in this area may focus on the reaction of chemicals in various environmental media (e.g., air, soil, water) and models predicting the transformation of chemicals in the environment. In addition, studies developing unique or novel analytical techniques for monitoring chemicals in the environment would also be of interest.

1C. Physics.

Potential applications in this area may focus on increasing our knowledge of physical processes in the environment, developing models describing the physical transport of anthropogenic substances through the environment, or describing how human activities may impact physical processes.

1D. Human Health.

Applications submitted in this topic area may focus on determining the impact exposure to environmental stressors may have on human health. Specifically, toxicological studies for non-cancer or cancer health endpoints may be considered. The results of studies in this topic should lead to improvements or have applications to environmental health risk assessments.

1E. Social Science.

Applications submitted in this area may include economic (cost-benefit analysis), public policy (alternative approaches to regulation), and sociological (individual and organizational behavior) aspects of environmental problems. Studies focusing on existing EPA initiatives such as the Common Sense Initiative, Project XL (Excellence and Leadership) and Community-based environmental protection are of particular interest.

1F. Environmental Engineering.

Applications submitted in this area may include control, remediation, and prevention technology approaches toward solving high priority environmental problems. Studies focusing on clean products and processes that may prevent pollution are of particular interest. Similarly, analytical tools and methods that assist in the identification of pollution prevention approaches are of interest.

Funding:

Approximately $5 million is expected to be available in FY 1997 for new exploratory research grants. The projected award range is $75,000 to $125,000/year for up to 3 years.

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