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Deadline: February 7, 2018

Environmental Protection Agency: People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – as part of its People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award Program – is seeking 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 P3 Program supports science-based projects and designs developed by interdisciplinary student teams at colleges and universities. These 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.

The P3 Program is composed of two phases that award grants on a competitive basis. The purpose of the current request for applications is to solicit proposals for innovative research projects and designs to compete for Phase I of the P3 Program. The first phase is tests, researches, and develops innovative scientific projects or engineering designs that use the P3 approach. In the spring of 2019, the Phase I grantees awarded from this solicitation are required to present their projects/designs at the National Student Design Expo. At the end of Phase I, teams will submit a project report that will serve as an application for a Phase II grant award. The Phase II grant awards are intended to support the further development and demonstration of the projects/designs created in Phase I. The competitors for 2019 P3 Phase II grants are limited to recipients of Phase I grant awards from this solicitation.

Applicants should address one of the research areas listed below in their Phase I proposals:

  • Air Quality
  • Safe and Sustainable Water Resources
  • Sustainable and Healthy Communities
  • Chemical Safety

Amount: $600,000 is available for approximately 20 awards for Phase I and approximately four awards for Phase II. Phase I awards are limited to $15,000 and Phase II awards are limited to $75,000.

Eligibility: Public and private institutions of higher education (limited to degree-granting institutions of higher education) located in the U.S.

Link: https://www.epa.gov/research-grants/15th-annual-p3-awards-national-student-design-competition-focusing-people-prosperity

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