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Drinking Water: Solicitations

Areas of Emphasis for STAR Extramural Research

What areas have our previous research solicitations covered?
NCER's drinking water research has covered a range of topics since the programs inception with the first drinking water solicitation in 1996. The STAR drinking water research program has evolved from a focus on disinfection byproducts to an emphasis on microbial contaminants. In more recent years, the STAR program has funded epidemiological investigations of drinking water systems. Future direction for the STAR drinking water program in on development of new, rapid detection methods for drinking water pathogens--both known and emerging.

To read abstracts, progress and final reports for any of the STAR grants, simply go to the NCER website at: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/

RFA topic areas and a general summary of awarded grants are provided in the following table.

STAR Drinking Water Research Program
RFA Topic Areas and Summary of Awarded Grants
1996-2009
RFA Year RFA Topic Areas and Grant Research Area
2009 Advancing Public Health Protection through Water Infrastructure Sustainability
    Link Opportunities to Advance Public Health Protection with Improvements in the Condition and Function of the Water Infrastructure
2008 Design, Modeling, and Monitoring of Geologic Sequestration of Anthropogenic Carbon Dioxide to Safeguard Sources of Drinking Water (7 grants)
    Support the Development of Sound Risk Management Strategies For the Underground Injection of Anthropogenic Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in Candidate Subsurface Geologic Formations.
Innovative and Integrative Approaches for Advancing Public Health Protection Through Water Infrastructure Sustainability
2007 Innovative Detection Methods of Pathogens and Cyanobacteria in Water (6 grants)
    Development and Evaluation of Innovative Approaches to Quantitatively Detect Pathogens or Toxigenic Cyanobacteria or the Identified High Priority Cyanotoxins: Microcystins, Anatoxin-a, and Cylindrospermopsins, in Drinking Water.
2005 Detecting Pathogens in Drinking Water (12 grants)
    Development and Evaluation of Innovative Approaches for the Quantitative Assessment of Pathogens in Drinking Water
2003 Microbial Risk in Drinking Water (5 grants)
    Development of indices of relative risk from pathogens in drinking water; and epidemiological studies of gastrointestinal health effects from community water systems
2001 Two concurrent RFAs:
Health Effects of Chemical Contaminants in Drinking Water (3 grants)
    Research addressing data gaps for Contaminant Candidate List CCL chemical contaminants
Microbial Risk in Drinking Water (3 grants)
    Development of indices of relative risk from pathogens in drinking water; and epidemiological study of gastrointestinal health effects from conventionally treated groundwater
2000 Research on Pathogen Infectivity and Treatment (6 grants)
    Infectivity and virulence of Cryptosporidium non-parvum species; effectiveness of riverbank filtration for pathogen removal and UV treatment for pathogen inactivation
Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs, 6 grants)
    Occurrence and effects of antibiotics, hormones, and other chemicals in source waters and drinking water
1999 Method Development Research for Contaminant Candidate List (CCL) Microorganisms
    Methods for detection and occurrence of CCL pathogens Cryptosporidium parvum (7 grants)  
    Infectivity and prevalence in feedlot cattle (2 grants)
Disinfection Byproducts (3 grants)
    DBP exposure estimation and DBP formation from alternative treatment approaches
1998 Microbial Pathogens ( 2 grants)
    Detection and occurrence of viable Mycobacterium avium intracellulare (MAC) and caliciviruses
Disinfection By-Products (8 grants)
    DBP identification, exposure, and formation modeling; DBP formation from alternative treatment approaches; treatment approach to minimize Cryptosporidium and DBP exposure
1997 Separate solicitation with American Water Works Association Research Foundation (AWWARF) and Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)
Arsenic Health Effects (3 grants)
1997 Microbial Pathogens in Drinking Water Systems (2 grants)
    Risks from human caliciviruses and Cryptosporidium as function of dose and host susceptibility
Drinking Water Disinfection By-Products (7 grants)
    Exposure estimation methods for DBPs from different treatment processes
1996 Microbial Pathogens in Drinking Water Systems (2 grants)
    Cryptosporidium: Infectivity assay and genomic database
Drinking Water Disinfection By-Products (DBP) (3 grants)
    Exposure estimation methods for DBPs from different treatment processes; improved extraction procedures; and markers of effects and susceptibility

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