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Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Research Program

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This federal aid program is managed by:

Office of Research and Development, Environmental Protection Agency


To (1) support research to determine the environmental and human health effects of air quality, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and pesticides; (2) identify, develop, and demonstrate effective pollution control techniques; and (3) support research to explore and develop strategies and mechanisms for those in the social, governmental, and environmental arenas to use in environmental management decisions. Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2010: The STAR Program will fund the highest quality academic research in the following priority areas: (1) Air Quality: Exploring New Air Pollution Health Effects Links in Existing Datasets; Coarse Particulate Matter Research; Dynamic Air Quality Management; Investigation of Black Carbon's Role in Global to Local Scale Climate and Air Quality; Air Research Monitoring; Impact of Extreme Events on Air Quality and Water Quality in the U.S. from Global Change. (2) Human Health: Environmental Factors in the School Environment Influencing Children's Health and Performance; Tribal Environmental Health Science; Understanding Day Care Environments of Children; Children's Health Coordinating Center; Novel Approaches for Assessing Exposure for School-Aged Children in Longitudinal Studies. (3) Drinking Water: Modeling and Measurement Approaches; Hydraulic Fracturing Research. (4) Endocrine Disruptors/Biotechnology/Computational Toxicology: Approaches to Assessing Potential Food Allergy from Genetically Engineered Plants; Computational Toxicology- Biologically Based Multiscale Tissue Modeling; Developing Integrated Evaluation Strategies for Improving Assessment and Management Methods for Chemical Safety; Innovative Treatment Designs and Technologies Approaches for Mitigating EDCs and Other Chemical Contaminants from Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems; Development and Evaluation of High Throughput Screening (HTS) Tools and Approaches for Ecological Organisms. (5) Nanotechnology: Increasing Scientific Data on the Fate, Transport and Behavior of Engineered Nanomaterials in Selected Environmental and Biological Matrices; Exposure of Engineered Nanomaterials. (6) Sustainability: Sustainable Chesapeake-A Collaborative Approach to Urban Stormwater Management; Center for Life Cycle Chemical Safety; Center for Sustainable Molecular Design; Collaborative Center for Sustainability (CNS). (7) Water Quality: BP Oil Spill. In addition to the solicitations identified above, other solicitations may be announced in the coming year. Please check the NCER website: for an updated listing of all solicitations.

Funding obligations:

(Project Grants) FY 09 $50,600,000; FY 10 est $52,000,000; FY 11 est $73,200,000

Uses and Use Restrictions:

The National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) generally does not accept unsolicited proposals for the STAR program. All STAR awards are made in response to competitive requests for applications (RFAs) or requests for initial proposals (RFIPs). Funds awarded via grants/cooperative agreements are available for allowable direct cost expenditures incident to the performance of research plus allocable portions of allowable indirect costs of the institutions, in accordance with established EPA policies and regulations. Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information. Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: Some solicitations issued under this CFDA may allow for the submittal of Multiple Investigator applications. The applicability of Multiple Investigator applications will be described in the solicitations. For further information, please see the EPA Implementation Plan for Policy on Multiple Principal Investigators ( Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Program Accomplishments:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Types of Assistance:


Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

New awards range from $185,000 to $5,000,000 total per grant and average $500,000.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Grants are normally funded for a minimum of 2 years. Total approved project period may not exceed 5 years. Grants are generally fully funded or incrementally funded (on a annual basis). See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is either fully funded (lump sum) or incrementally funded on an annual basis.

Applicant Eligibility:

For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy. Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the U.S.; state and local governments; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply. National laboratories funded by Federal Agencies (Federally-Funded Research and Development Centers, 'FFRDCs') may not apply. FFRDC employees may cooperate or collaborate with eligible applicants within the limits imposed by applicable legislation and regulations. They may participate in planning, conducting, and analyzing the research directed by the applicant, but may not direct projects on behalf of the applicant organization. The institution, organization, or governance receiving the award may provide funds through its grant from the EPA to an FFRDC for research personnel, supplies, equipment, and other expenses directly related to the research. However, salaries for permanent FFRDC employees may not be provided through this mechanism. Federal Agencies may not apply. Federal employees are not eligible to serve in a principal leadership role on a grant, and may not receive salaries or augment their Agency's appropriations in other ways through grants made by this program. The applicant institution may enter into an agreement with a Federal Agency to purchase or utilize unique supplies or services unavailable in the private sector to the extent authorized by law. Examples are purchase of satellite data, census data tapes, chemical reference standards, analyses, or use of instrumentation or other facilities not available elsewhere. A written justification for federal involvement must be included in the application. In addition, an appropriate form of assurance that documents the commitment, such as a letter of intent from the Federal Agency involved, should be included. Not-for-profit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 are not eligible to apply. Profit-making firms are not eligible to receive grants from EPA under this program. See RFAs at: for additional information pertaining to eligibility requirements. Some solicitations issued under this CFDA may propose early career projects which support new, creative investigators with outstanding promise at the Assistant Professor or equivalent level. Principal investigators from applicant institutions applying for the early career portion of the applicable solicitation must meet the following eligibility requirements: *Hold a doctoral degree in a field of science or engineering by the closing date of the solicitation; *Be untenured at the closing date of the solicitation; *By the award date, be employed in a tenure-track position (or tenure-track-equivalent position) as an assistant professor (or equivalent title) at an institution in the U.S., its territories, or possessions. Note: For a position to be considered a tenure-track-equivalent position, it must meet all of the following requirements: (1) the employing department or organization does not offer tenure; (2) the appointment is a continuing appointment; (3) the appointment has substantial educational responsibilities; and (4) the proposed project relates to the employee's career goals and job responsibilities as well as to the goals of the department/organization. The purpose of early career projects are to fund research by the early career PI. Senior researchers may collaborate in a supporting role for early career projects. Early career applications should not propose significant resources for senior researchers and may not list senior researchers as co-PIs.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Public nonprofit institutions/organizations and private nonprofit institutions/organizations located in the U.S.; state and local governments; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; U.S. territories or possessions; Anyone/General Public, Education Professional, Student/Trainee, Graduate Student, Scientists/Researchers.

Award Procedure:

For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements. Customarily, applicants are notified of award decisions within six months of the close of the RFA. After being recommended for award, applicants will be required to submit additional certifications and an electronic version of the revised project abstract, and may be requested to provide responses to comments or suggestions offered by the peer reviewers, a revised budget, past performance documentation, and/or make appropriate proposal revisions. EPA Project Officers will contact the Lead Principal Investigator/Contact Principal Investigator to obtain these materials. The official notification of an award will be made by the Agency's Grants and Interagency Agreement Management Division. Before or after award, certain applicants will be expected to provide additional quality assurance documentation.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

William Stelz, USEPA Headquarters, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W. Mail Code: 8721F, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: Phone: (202) 343-9802.

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