P3 Award: National Student Design Competition for Sustainability

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the P3-People, Prosperity and the Planet Award Program, is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. The P3 Award program was developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of economic prosperity, protection of the planet, and improved quality of life for its people-- people, prosperity, and the planet - the three pillars of sustainability. The EPA offers the P3 competition in order to respond to the technical needs of the world while moving towards the goal of sustainability.

The P3 Award Program is composed of two phases that award grants on a competitive basis. The first phase of the P3 Award Program is a competition for one-year grants of up to $15,000 to test, research and develop innovative scientific projects or engineering designs that will promote sustainable development. Challenges from a wide range of categories will be considered. These include: Energy; Built Environment; Materials and Chemicals; and Water.
In the spring following Phase I grant awards, Phase I grantees are required to present their designs at the National Sustainable Design Expo, where they will have an opportunity to compete for Phase II grant awards of up to $75,000. The Phase II grant awards are to support the demonstration and further development of the sustainability projects/designs created in the first phase of the program. The competitors for the P3 Phase II grants will be limited to those selected to receive support as a result of the Phase I competition.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2014: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites submissions to the P3 Award: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability. The P3 Program is intended to support science-based projects and designs developed by interdisciplinary student teams that benefit people by improving their quality of life, promote prosperity by developing local economies, and protect the planet by conserving resources and minimizing pollution.

The P3 Award Program is composed of two phases that award grants on a competitive basis. The first phase of the P3 Award Program is a competition for one-year grants of up to $15,000 to test, research and develop innovative scientific projects or engineering designs that will promote sustainable development. Challenges from a wide range of categories will be considered. These include: Energy; Built Environment; Materials and Chemicals; Water; Urban Green Water Infrastructure; and Clean Cookstoves.

In the spring following Phase I grant awards, Phase I grantees are required to present their designs at the National Sustainable Design Expo, where they will have an opportunity to compete for Phase II grant awards of up to $75,000. The Phase II grant awards are to support the demonstration and further development of the sustainability projects/designs created in the first phase of the program. The competitors for the P3 Phase II grants will be limited to those selected to receive support as a result of the Phase I competition.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2015: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites submissions to the P3 Award: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability. The P3 Program is intended to support science-based projects and designs developed by interdisciplinary student teams that benefit people by improving their quality of life, promote prosperity by developing local economies, and protect the planet by conserving resources and minimizing pollution.

The P3 Award Program is composed of two phases that award grants on a competitive basis. The first phase of the P3 Award Program is a competition for one-year grants to test, research and develop innovative scientific projects or engineering designs that will promote sustainable development. Challenges from a wide range of categories will be considered. These include: Energy; Built Environment; Materials and Chemicals; and Water.

Recipients of Phase I grant awards will have the opportunity to compete for Phase II grant awards. The Phase II grant awards are to support the demonstration and further development of the sustainability projects/designs created in the first phase of the program. The competitors for the P3 Phase II grants will be limited to those selected to receive support as a result of the Phase I competition.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2016: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites submissions to the P3 Award: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability. The P3 Program is intended to support science-based projects and designs developed by interdisciplinary student teams that benefit people by improving their quality of life, promote prosperity by developing local economies, and protect the planet by conserving resources and minimizing pollution.

The P3 Award Program is composed of two phases that award grants on a competitive basis. The first phase of the P3 Award Program is a competition for one-year grants to test, research and develop innovative scientific projects or engineering designs that will promote sustainable development. Challenges from a wide range of categories will be considered. These include: Energy; Built Environment; Materials and Chemicals; and Water.

Recipients of Phase I grant awards will have the opportunity to compete for Phase II grant awards. The Phase II grant awards are to support the demonstration and further development of the sustainability projects/designs created in the first phase of the program. The competitors for the P3 Phase II grants will be limited to those selected to receive support as a result of the Phase I competition.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
66.516
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of Research and Development (ORD)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Applications received for the P3 Phase I Award: FY 14: 99. New awards for the P3 Phase I Award: FY 14: 42. Applications received for the P3 Phase II Award: FY 14: 35. New awards for the P3 Phase II Award: FY 14: 14. Abstracts of grant awards, and final summary results of the research will be available on the NCER P3 homepage: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3/success/index.html. Fiscal Year 2015: Applications received for the P3 Phase I Award: FY 15: 112. New awards for the P3 Phase I Award: FY 15: Information not yet available. Applications received for the P3 Phase II Award: FY 15: 41. New awards for the P3 Phase II Award: FY 15: Information not yet available. Abstracts of grant awards, and final summary results of the research will be available on the NCER P3 homepage: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3/success/index.html. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Authorization
Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001, 42 U.S.C 6981; Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10, 15 U.S.C 2609; Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442, 42 U.S.C 300j-1; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20, 7 U.S.C 136r; Clean Water Act, Section 104, 33 U.S.C 1254; Clean Air Act, Section 103, 42 U.S.C 7403; National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, Section 102(2)(F).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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 (limited to degree-granting public institutions of higher education) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (limited to degree-granting private institutions of higher education) located in the U.S. (includes eligible institutions of higher education located in U.S. territories and possessions) are eligible to apply to be the recipient of a grant to support teams of undergraduate and/or graduate students. State and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and U.S. territories or possessions are not eligible to apply. Profit-making firms are not eligible to receive assistance agreements from the EPA under this program.



The students on the teams supported by the institution receiving the grant must be enrolled in the college, university, or post-secondary educational institution they will be representing at the time the proposal is submitted. Institutions are allowed to submit more than one application where each application represents a unique design concept and student team. For the purposes of grant administration, the team's faculty advisor will be designated the Principal Investigator throughout the P3 grant award and competition process. In addition to the Principal Investigator, each team selected for award will also be asked to provide contact information for a student lead.



Eligible nonprofit organizations include research institutes, corporations, or foundations that are part of a U.S. institution of higher education. However, nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that lobby are not eligible to apply.



Foreign governments, international organizations, and non-governmental international organizations/institutions 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 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. 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, Private Nonprofit Institutions/Organizations, Anyone/General Public, Education Professional, Student/Trainee, Graduate Student, Scientists/Researchers.
Credentials/Documentation
EPA may request that students document their affiliation with an eligible institution. The EPA may also 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 principal investigators for information documenting past performance. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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. 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. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. 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.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. This program is subject to the provisions of 2 CFR Part 200 & 2 CFR Part 1500. Specific details on the application process are described in the solicitation which is located at: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov.

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, and/or make appropriate proposal 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 Agreement Management Division.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 180 days.
Appeals
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.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement. See the Web page (http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3) for additional information on the evaluative criteria for this RFA.
How may assistance be used?
Awards are made in response to an announced competitive request for applications (RFA). Funds awarded via grant 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: http://geodata.epa.gov.

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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Phase I Report, Phase II report, and invention reports as appropriate. Phase II awards require annual progress reports. No expenditure reports are required. Performance Monitoring is required under this program.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. 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.
Records
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
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
P3 Awards will be fully funded. Project period for Phase I will normally not exceed 1 year. Project period for Phase II will normally not exceed 2 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is fully funded (lump sum).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Applicants are encouraged to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog or the contact listed on the solicitation. The solicitation may be found at: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3.
Headquarters Office
Cynthia Nolt-Helms, USEPA Potomac Yards South, 2777 Crystal Drive, Rm# S11781, Arlington, Virginia 22202 Email: nolt-helms.cynthia@epa.gov Phone: 703-347-8102
Website Address
http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0107-0-1-304.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $1,200,000; FY 15 est $1,000,000; and FY 16 est $1,000,000 - FY 2014 actual $1,200,000; FY 2015 estimate $1,000,000; FY 2016 estimate $1,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Phase I Awards range from $5,000 to $15,000. Average awards total $14,750. Phase II Awards range from $87,600 to $90,000. Average awards total $89,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR Part 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 Part 40).
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: 1. Continue the development a new class of safer surfactants with broader abilities to target soil/dirt, as a sustainable alternative to toxic Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), which have endocrine disruptors as degradation products.

2. Development of an inexpensive, multifunctional adsorbent material that will improve existing sand filtration technology to better remove a wide range of drinking water contaminants, including arsenic, other heavy metals, and organic contaminants.

3. Develop an advanced technology (low temperature combustion) for diesel engines that would lower Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and Particulate Matter (PM) emissions while using biofuels produced from agricultural by-products.

4. Develop stand-alone stacked rapid sand filter to purify drinking water for communities in the developing world.

5. The goal of the project is: 1) to design, test, and implement an innovative, cost-effective sustainable system for treating contaminated waste-waters, 2) design a solar powered small-scale methanol recovery unit for the biodiesel process, and 3) continue outreach programs to high schools. Fiscal Year 2015: Information not yet available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available

 



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