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 2016

ORD's research supports EPA's strategic goals.

Brief descriptions of this research are as follows: 1) Air climate and energy research assess human and ecosystem exposures and effects associated with air pollutants and climate change.

Working with other Federal and state agencies, major universities and institutions, and the private sector, this research provides the scientific tools, metrics, and information on air pollution exposure necessary for individuals, communities, and governmental agencies to make public health decisions related to air quality and climate change; 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 scale.

These tools are based on an improved understanding of the impacts of environmental stresses such as waterborne chemicals and microbial contaminants on aquatic systems and the potential impacts of anthropogenic processes.

This research will also address issues related to the nation's aging water infrastructure; high priority water quality and availability research; and promising approaches such as green infrastructure; 3) Sustainable and healthy communities research program supports the Agency's effort to protect and restore land, and support community health.

This research focuses on developing data and tools for forecasting and assessing ecological and community health, designing near-term approaches for sustainable solutions to address environmental contaminants present in communities, and developing sustainable practices to help communities manage waste and materials; infrastructure, energy and water; transportation; and planning and zoning for buildings and land use; 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.

Specifically, this research allows the Agency to more quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively assess potential chemical toxicity; develop integrated health hazard and dose-response assessments that support Agency decisions related to chemical safety; improve the Agency's preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities for homeland security incidents and other hazards.



Funding Priority 2017
ORD's research supports EPA's strategic goals.

Brief descriptions of this research are as follows: 1) Air climate and energy research assess human and ecosystem exposures and effects associated with air pollutants and climate change.

Working with other Federal and state agencies, major universities and institutions, and the private sector, this research provides the scientific tools, metrics, and information on air pollution exposure necessary for individuals, communities, and governmental agencies to make public health decisions related to air quality and climate change; 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 scale.

These tools are based on an improved understanding of the impacts of environmental stresses such as waterborne chemicals and microbial contaminants on aquatic systems and the potential impacts of anthropogenic processes.

This research will also address issues related to the nation's aging water infrastructure; high priority water quality and availability research; and promising approaches such as green infrastructure; 3) Sustainable and healthy communities research program supports the Agency's effort to protect and restore land, and support community health.

This research focuses on developing data and tools for forecasting and assessing ecological and community health, designing near-term approaches for sustainable solutions to address environmental contaminants present in communities, and developing sustainable practices to help communities manage waste and materials; infrastructure, energy and water; transportation; and planning and zoning for buildings and land use; 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.

Specifically, this research allows the Agency to more quickl