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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: 19th Annual P3 Awards

Deadline: October 27, 2021

The P3 Awards are a National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity, and the Planet. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, design, and demonstrate solutions to real world challenges. The P3 Program supports science-based projects developed by interdisciplinary student teams at U.S. colleges and universities. Projects must embody the P3 approach: improving the quality of people’s lives, providing economic benefits, and protecting the environment. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative technology-based projects that achieve these goals, and supports STEM education through hands-on experience and training that brings students’ classroom learning to life, while also allowing student teams to create tangible changes in their communities. The P3 approach is based on the concept of sustainability. Successful sustainable design recognizes the needs, available resources and boundaries of the intended user.

The Program is composed of two phases. The purpose of this Request for Applications is to solicit applications for research projects/designs for Phase I. Awardees in the first phase will test, research and develop innovative scientific projects/designs that use the P3 approach. It is expected that Phase I grantees will present their projects at the National Student Design Expo. In the spring of 2023, Phase I grant recipients 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 Program has identified the following four strategic program goals

  • Goal 1—Engage and educate the next generation of scientists, engineers, and the greater academic and external communities in understanding and using the P3 approach.
  • Goal 2—Support the development of innovative technologies that will contribute to improved social, environmental, and economic well-being, especially in communities with the greatest needs.
  • Goal 3—Support the demonstration of P3-developed technologies to prove their effectiveness and value.
  • Goal 4—Foster the development of enterprises that will disseminate technologies in the target communities and elsewhere.

EPA strongly encourages all eligible applicants, including minority serving institutions (MSIs), to apply. Institutions are encouraged to include faculty and students in their project from their educational and social science departments and from other relevant disciplines who can help meet the educational and outreach requirements for the projects.

EPA strongly encourages projects to include partnerships with industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other educational and research institutions to increase their capacity to meet the goals of the project.

EPA recognizes the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting adaptions to in-person learning and laboratory access experienced by colleges and universities. EPA encourages applicants to consider projects that are conducive to conducting research during a pandemic (social distancing, on-line learning, etc.).

Amount: Approximately $800,000 total is available. For Phase I, approximately 16 awards of up to $25,000 will be made, with a project period of one year. Upon the successful completion of Phase I, grant recipients will have the opportunity to apply for a Phase II grant; an estimated four Phase II awards will be made, of up to $100,000 each, with a two-year duration.

Note: To increase the number of Phase I grants awarded to institutions who have not traditionally received awards, EPA intends to use approximately 50% of the total amount of funding for grants to new awardees.

Eligibility: Public and private, degree-granting institutions of higher education are eligible to apply to be the recipient of a grant to support teams of undergraduate and/or graduate students.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335245

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