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Deadline: November 19, 2019

Environmental Protection Agency: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Awards – Chemical Safety

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 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 for evaluating and predicting impacts from chemical use and disposal and providing states and industries with information, tools, and methods to make better informed and more timely decisions about the thousands of chemicals in the U.S. EPA seeks projects that would support research and demonstration of innovative and cost-effective solutions for the following topics:

  1. Non-toxic chemicals that can replace toxic chemicals used in the manufacture of plastics (green chemistry)
  2. Plastic products made from non-toxic materials
  3. Dyes and inks from non-toxic components
  4. Non-toxic paints and coatings
  5. Inherently flame-retardant materials—i.e., that do not use a flame-retardant coating
  6. New chemicals that cause less depletion of stratospheric ozone than currently-used substances

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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