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By Admin (on 3/3/2011 @ 09:12:55, in Oil Spill, read 2333 times)

Below is a new funding opportunity with EPA related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  This is NOT the RFP from BP that we have been waiting for.  Note that while the research is science/engineering related there must be an effective community outreach plan.  If you are interested in applying for this funding EITHER for the science/engineering OR the community outreach, please let me know and I will try to put a team together to submit a proposal for this project.  This email has been distributed to all faculty/staff.

 Title: Environmental Impact And Mitigation Of Oil Spills

 URL: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2011/2011_star_oilspill.html

 Open Date: 02/28/2011  -  Close Date: 06/22/2011

 Summary:  As part of the federal government's response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received a $2 million Congressional appropriation for a grant or grants for "a study on the potential human and environmental risks and impacts of the release of crude oil and the application of dispersants, surface washing agents, bioremediation agents, and other mitigation measures listed in the National Contingency Plan Product List (40 C.F.R. Part 300 Subpart J)." To implement this appropriation through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant program, EPA is seeking applications proposing to develop a research program, including an effective community outreach program component, to mitigate the impact of oil spills.

The research program must address one or more of the following topics: (1) development of cost-effective innovative technologies to mitigate the impact of oil spills; (2) development of effective oil dispersants, surface washing agents, bioremediation agents, and other mitigation measures

("dispersants/agents/measures") with low environmental impact; and (3) investigation of the effects of oil spills and application of dispersants/agents/measures on the environment. Applicants must also submit a community outreach program plan, the objective of which is to help impacted Gulf Coast communities effectively participate in the study and use its results. To achieve this objective, the applicant should work collaboratively with affected communities to identify significant risks posed by oil spills to human health and the environment, obtain their input in the design of a study to help the communities address these challenges, and provide technical assistance to them so that they can use the results of the study.

Applicable Category(s): Grant/Fellowship Announcements