Office of Research and Development Consolidated Research/Training/Fellowships


The Office of Research and Development (ORD) supports research and development to determine the environmental effects of air quality, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and pesticides; (2) identify, develop, and demonstrate effective pollution control techniques; (3) perform risk assessments to characterize the potential adverse health effects of human exposures to environmental hazards; and (4) the facilitation of training and fellowships in these areas. Investigator initiated grants/cooperative agreements may be funded in broad areas such as environmental chemistry and physics, environmental engineering, and health and ecological effects of pollution. The ORD conducts leading-edge research to provide a solid underpinning of science and technology for the Agency. Applied research builds our understanding of how to protect and enhance the relationship between humans and the ecosystems of earth. ORD conducts a comprehensive research program to protect air, water, land, and human health and ecosystems, to improve environmental compliance and stewardship, and to conduct and promote coordination and acceleration of training for individuals relating to the protection and enhancement of the relationship between humans and the ecosystems of earth as well as to improve environmental compliance and stewardship. Funding Priority 2019 - ORD's research supports EPA's strategic goals. Brief descriptions of this research are as follows: 1) Air and energy research assess human and ecosystem exposures and effects associated with air pollutants; 2) Safe and sustainable water research provides the resource management tools that allow decision makers to systematically consider complex tradeoffs occurring in a watershed on a regional or national scal; 3) Sustainable and healthy communities research program supports the Agency's effort to protect and restore land, and support community health; and 4) Chemical safety and sustainability research underpins the analysis of risks and potential health impacts across the broad spectrum of EPA programs and provides the scientific foundation for pesticide and toxic substances programs, pollution prevention, human health risk assessment, and homeland security.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Environmental Protection Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 No content available. Four grants/cooperative agreements were awarded in Fiscal Year 2016, covering topics such as: 1) Establishing a life cycle cost framework model for storm-water infrastructure alternatives, assessing the costs and benefits of green, grey and hybrid infrastructure.; 2) Creating a multi-tiered, web-based decision support system to examine risks of low flow in premise plumbing systems; 3) Developing a database of premise plumbing conditions and concentrations of opportunistic pathogens, disinfection byproducts, and lead; and 4) Stimulating publically available research supporting decision-makers on managing nitrogen and carbon inputs to northern Gulf of Mexico estuaries. Summary information of the funded research is available at USA Spending.Gov Database.
Fiscal Year 2017 Information is currently unavailable. Summary information of funded research will be available at USA Spending.Gov:
Fiscal Year 2018 NA
Clean Air Act, Section 103
Clean Air Act, Section 104
Clean Water Act, Section 104
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20, as amended by P.L. 106-74
Marine Protection Research Sanctuaries, Section 203
National Environmental Policy Act, Section 102(2)(F)
Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442
Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001
Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10, as amended by P.L. 106-74
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Section 311
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The EPA has been using this CFDA for the National Priorities Research competition under which applicant eligibility has been limited to public and private nonprofit institutions and public and private universities and colleges located in the United States, consistent with congressional intent. For all other 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. These programs are available to each State, territory and possession, and Tribal nation of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, State and local government departments, other public or private nonprofit institutions, and foreign entities. Profit-making firms are not eligible to receive assistance agreements from the EPA under this program. Non-profit organization, as defined by 2 CFR Part 200, means any corporation, trust, association, cooperative or other organization that: (1) is operated primarily for scientific, educational, service, charitable or similar purposes in the public interest; (2) is not organized primarily for profit; and (3) uses its net proceeds to maintain, improve and/or expand its operations. Note that 2 CFR Part 200 specifically excludes the following types of organizations from the definition of "non-profit organization" because they are separately defined in the regulation: (i) institutions of higher education; and (ii) state, local and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments. While not considered to be a "non-profit organization(s)" as defined by 2 CFR Part 200, Institutions of Higher Education and state, local and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments are, nevertheless, eligible to submit applications under this RFA. Hospitals operated by state, tribal, or local governments or that meet the definition of nonprofit at 2 CFR 200.70 are also eligible to apply. For-profit colleges, universities, trade schools, and hospitals are ineligible. Nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c) (4) of the Internal Revenue Code that lobby are not 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 assistance agreement 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 an assistance agreement, and may not receive salaries or augment their Agency's appropriations in other ways through awards made under 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, 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.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Public nonprofit institutions/organizations and private nonprofit institutions/organizations; state and local governments; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; U.S. territories or possessions; education professionals; students/trainees; graduate students; scientists/researchers; hospitals; and foreign entities.
The EPA may request that applicants demonstrate they have appropriate background, academic training, experience in the field, and necessary equipment to carry out the research. EPA may ask applicants to provide curriculum vitae and relevant publications. EPA may also ask the lead principal investigator/contact principal investigator for information documenting past performance.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Regarding pre-application/pre-proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this program description, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement. For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts" or see Appendix IV of the Catalog. When applicable, an environmental impact assessment is made by the Office of Research and Development as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. The standard application forms as furnished by the EPA and required by OMB Circulars No. A-102 and No. A-110 must be used for this program.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Competitive RFAs (requests for applications) or RFIPs (requests for initial proposals) for grants in these areas are announced widely through the Internet, university and scientific organizations, among other mechanisms. Although the programs identified are the formal assistance programs that ORD funds, there are periodic RFAs disseminated on other topics that are not part of the formal program. These new programs are also part of 66.511 but cannot be presently identified. Funds may be available to support research activities including but not limited to experiments, surveys, studies, investigations, public education programs, and monitoring where authorized by specific statutes, in both science and engineering disciplines. Funds may also be used for training and fellowships. Please check the Federal Register or the EPA/ORD website at: for an updated listing of these programs. Completed applications must be submitted to the appropriate Grants Management Office at the Environmental Protection Agency or as shown in the specific RFAs, which are accessible through the EPA/ORD website at: . Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through
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 about award decisions within six months of the solicitation deadline. After being recommended for award, applicants will be required to submit additional certifications 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 appropraite revisions. EPA Project Officers will contact Principal Investigators to obtain these materials. The official notification of an award will be made by the Agency's Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division. Before or after award, certain applicants will be expected to provide additional quality assurance documentation.
Specific information regarding deadlines is provided in the competitive announcement.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. Approximately 180 days.
Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts." Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.
A standard grant application should be prepared and submitted as a new grant, which will be reviewed in the same manner as the original application and will compete for available funds.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA assistance listing will be described in the competitive announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Funds awarded via grants/cooperative agreements are available for allowable direct cost expenditures incident to performance of research plus allocable portions of allowable indirect costs of the institutions, in accordance with the established policies of EPA.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance Monitoring is required under this program.
Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.
The record retention requirements of 2 CFR Part 200 apply. Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate charges to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained until three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. The Office of Research and Development reserves the right to impose a cost share requirement under certain competitions. See RFAs for additional information pertaining to matching/cost share requirements. For National Priorities Research competitions, there is a potential for a 25% cost share to be applied. Please refer to the specific Request for Applications (RFA) for details on whether a cost share is being applied.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants/cooperative agreements are normally funded on a 12-month basis (annual). Total approved project period may not exceed 5 years for research and 3 years for training agreements. . Assistance is either fully funded (lump sum) or incrementally funded on an annual basis.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
For administrative information, Individuals are encouraged to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog or the contact listed on the competitive announcement.
Headquarters Office
John Nanartowicz III
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development/OPARM, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. (Mail Code: 8102R)
Washington, DC 20460 US
Phone: 202-564-4756
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 18$35,410,000.00; FY 19 est $25,000,000.00; FY 20 est $9,500,000.00; FY 17$17,500,000.00; FY 16$22,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards range for new grants/cooperative agreements is not available at this time. It will be made available prior to final acceptance.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200 & 2 CFR Part 1500 (Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards) and Research and Demonstration Grant Regulations, Environmental Protection Agency (40 CFR Parts 40 & 45).
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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