Transdisciplinary Research into Detecting and Controlling Lead in Drinking Water

Due Date: 08/15/2017

To better understand lead exposure issues and address lead problems, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a Request for Applications (RFA) to spur innovative research into detecting and controlling lead (Pb) in drinking water. This RFA calls for transdisciplinary research across an entire continuum: from lead’s occurrence in a community’s water supply, treatment and distribution, through the effect of lead on public health. Applicants should view these components as an integrated whole, rather than distinct topics to be considered in a linear manner.

EPA is seeking applications proposing to:

  1. identify communities that are at a high risk of experiencing the adverse health effects of lead in drinking water;
  2. identify opportunities to mitigate these risks; and
  3. conduct educational and outreach efforts so that water system managers and the general public are aware of these risks and opportunities.

Note that the research should be national in scope; it should also focus on water quality (by looking at the impact of lead in drinking water) and water quantity (to the extent that improving water quality increases the amount of safe drinking water available to the public).

Approximately 2 awards totaling up to $1.98 million each will be disbursed for a maximum duration of 3 years. Each applicant must contribute a minimum 25 percent match that may include in-kind contributions. Cost-sharing is required.

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