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Approaches to Reduce Nutrient Loadings for Harmful Algal Blooms Management

Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, Hospitals, Agencies, and Tribes
for Research to Reduce the Nutrient Load of Waterways

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Office of Science Advisor, Policy and Engagement - Office of Research and Development (ORD) - Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program

Deadline Date:

12/10/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofits, IHEs, hospitals, agencies, and tribes for research to improve and develop technologies to prevent excess nutrients from entering waterways where they cause environmental damage. Funding is intended for research that will curb and reverse the growing concern of harmful algal blooms, which have both environmental and economic impacts.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, aims to promote scientific progress towards preventing and controlling harmful algal blooms (HABs) by seeking applications proposing research to: (1) determine the effectiveness of existing nutrient treatment technologies; (2) evaluate the scale-up of emerging nutrient treatment technologies and develop new technologies; and (3) develop best management practices to help both rural and urban communities control nutrients in their watersheds.

HABs are a growing concern in the United States. Impacts from HABs include losses in income from recreation and tourism, animal and human illness from exposure to contaminated water or seafood, and expenses related to monitoring, treatment, and control of HABs (U.S. EPA, 2015). There is established scientific consensus that while nutrients are necessary for healthy ecosystems, there is a relationship between excess nutrient loading and HABs (Heisler, J. et. al., 2008). EPA seeks research on nutrient treatment technologies, best management practices, and agricultural conservation practice systems to reduce excess nutrient loadings and thereby prevent and control HABs. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 187315

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Number of Grants:

Approximately 6 awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to a total of $1,000,000, including direct and indirect costs.

Term of Contract:

Grants will have a maximum duration of 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, public and 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.

Profit-making firms and individuals are not eligible to apply.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be transferred to no later than 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time on the solicitation closing date. Applications transferred after the closing date and time will be returned to the sender without further consideration. EPA will not accept any changes to applications after the closing date.

Customarily, applicants are notified about evaluation decisions within six months of the solicitation closing date. Awards are generally made 9-12 months after the solicitation closing date.

If your organization is not currently registered with, you need to allow approximately one month to complete the registration process. Please note that the registration process also requires that your organization have a unique entity identifier (e.g., ‘DUNS number’) and a current registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) and the process of obtaining both could take a month or more. Applicants must ensure that all registration requirements are met in order to apply for this opportunity through and should ensure that all such requirements have been met well in advance of the submission deadline. This registration, and electronic submission of your application, must be performed by an authorized representative of your organization.

Applications deemed ineligible for funding consideration will be notified within fifteen calendar days of the ineligibility determination.

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Technical Contact:
Benjamin Packard

Eligibility Contact:
Ron Josephson

Electronic Submissions Contact
Debra M. Jones

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