Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts to protect human health and the environment.

Budget

FY 2015 Proposed $16.8 million

Research
Focus

EPA promotes the safe development, use, and disposal/recycling of products that contain manufactured nanoscale materials. Sustainability is a theme that runs through the EPA nanotechnology research program. Using green chemistry and life-cycle assessment approaches, EPA is investigating how nanomaterials behave in the environment, how nanomaterial properties may be modified or exposure controls implemented to minimize and manage potential risks from products containing nanomaterials. EPA’s research activities are coordinated across the U.S. Federal Government through the NNI and internationally within the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Key links:

SPOTLIGHT:

Since 2001, EPA has played a leading role in supporting research and setting research directions to develop environmental applications for nanotechnology as well as to understand the potential human health and environmental implications of nanotechnology. The agency has provided such leadership through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant program and through contracts to small businesses under its Small Business Innovation Research program, both of which have developed a cadre of highly skilled researchers and engineers with expertise in the area of environmental nanotechnology. EPA’s own research laboratories are conducting targeted research to inform decisions related to nanotechnology and the environment.

Key
Contacts

EPA Nanotechnology Grants
Dr. Nora F. Savage, Office of Research and Development
202-343-9858, Savage.Nora(at)epamail.epa.gov

Communications
Ann Brown, National Program Communication Director, Office of Research and Development
919-541-7818, brown.ann(at)epa.gov

Funding
Opportunities

Grants and Fellowship Information
http://www.epa.gov/epahome/grants.htm
EPA Partnership Programs http://www.epa.gov/partners/
Contracting with EPA http://www.epa.gov/epahome/contracts.html
For extramural research http://www.epa.gov/ncer/nano