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

Deadline: February 3, 2017

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, and design solutions to real world challenges involving sustainability. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. The P3 Award Program was developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of improved quality of life, economic prosperity and protection of the planet—people, prosperity, and the planet—the three pillars of sustainability. The EPA offers the P3 competition in order to respond to the technical needs of the world while moving towards the goal of sustainability.

The P3 Award Program is composed of two phases that award grants on a competitive basis. The purpose of this announcement is to solicit proposals for innovative research projects and designs to compete for the first phase of the P3 Award Program. The first phase is a competition for one-year grants to test, research, and develop innovative scientific projects or engineering designs that will promote sustainable development. In the spring of 2018, the Phase I grantees awarded from this solicitation are required to present their projects/designs in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area; teams will be informed of the venues as registration and logistics are available. Teams will also 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 sustainability projects/designs created in Phase I. The competitors for 2018 P3 Phase II grants are limited to recipients of Phase I grant awards from this solicitation.

Amount: Approximately $900,000 is available for 25 awards in Phase I and 7 awards in Phase II. Phase I awards will be made up to $15,000 and Phase II awards up to $75,000.

Eligibility: Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (limited to degree-granting public institutions of higher education) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (limited to degree-granting private institutions of higher education) located in the U.S. are eligible to apply to be the recipient of a grant to support teams of undergraduate and/or graduate students. EPA strongly encourages all eligible applicants, including minority serving institutions (MSIs), to apply under this opportunity.

Link: https://www.epa.gov/research-grants/14th-annual-p3-awards-national-student-design-competition-sustainability-focusing

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