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Environmental Protection Agency: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Awards – Air Quality

Deadline: November 19, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award Program, seeks applications proposing to research, develop, design, and demonstrate solutions to real world challenges. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative technology-based projects that achieve the mutual goals of improved quality of life, economic prosperity, and protection of the planet – people, prosperity, and the planet. The EPA offers the P3 competition to respond to the needs of people in the United States (U.S.)—including those in small, rural, tribal, and/or disadvantaged communities.

Proposed projects must embody the P3 approach, which is that they have the intention and capability to simultaneously improve the quality of people’s lives, provide economic benefits, and protect the environment. Projects that may involve human subjects research. The P3 Program is intended to address domestic U.S. needs. For this reason, P3 projects should primarily perform their research in the U.S. and the benefits of the research should primarily accrue to the U.S.

The P3 Program is composed of two phases. The first phase is a competition for grants to test, research, and develop innovative scientific projects or engineering designs that use the P3 approach. The Phase II grant awards are intended to support the further development and demonstration of the projects/designs created in Phase I. Additional instructions for completing the Phase II applications will be distributed to Phase I recipients.

EPA supports research that advances the science and provides the information critical to improving air quality. Innovation in air monitoring technologies can significantly reduce monitoring costs, provide more detailed and timely information on ambient air quality, and provide opportunities for businesses to address leaks and emissions before they become significant problems. EPA seeks projects that would support research and demonstration of innovative and cost-effective solutions for the following topics:

  1. Emission reduction strategies for stationary sources
  2. Approaches to prevent and reduce pollution, particularly in a multi-pollutant context
  3. Measurement and monitoring methods to enable informed air quality decision-making at the state and local level
  4. Development of technologies to measure low ambient concentrations of air pollutants, for example, development of a compact, portable sulfur dioxide (SO2) monitor that has a detection limit suitable to supplement existing monitors or for screening SO2 emissions
  5. Emission control technologies to reduce mobile-source-related pollution
  6. Technologies to convert emissions from mobile sources that use internal combustion engines into harmless substances and/or materials and products that may have economic value
  7. Technologies that reduce the level of air toxics in communities, which may include small, rural, tribal, and/or disadvantaged communities

Amount: Approximately $800,000 is available for all awards. Approximately 20 awards will be made for Phase I projects, and approximately three awards will be made for Phase II projects. Phase I grants will range up to $25,000 for a project duration of one year. Upon the successful completion of Phase I, grant recipients will have the opportunity to apply for a P3 Phase II grant of up to $100,000 total with a two-year duration.

Eligibility: Public and private institutions of higher education (limited to degree-granting institutions of higher education) located in the U.S. (includes eligible institutions of higher education located in U.S. territories and possessions) are eligible to apply to be the recipient of a grant to support teams of undergraduate and/or graduate students.

Link: https://www.epa.gov/research-grants/17th-annual-p3-awards-national-student-design-competition-focusing-people-0

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