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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs,
and Hospitals for Water Quality Research Projects

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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

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Deadline Date:

01/26/22 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, agencies, IHEs, and hospitals for water quality research. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to a month to complete. Funding is intended for research projects that are large-scale, that address valuation for underrepresented water body types and regions, improvements to water quality indices, and environmental justice valuation.

The goal of this request for applications is to advance knowledge of how changes in water quality can be valued at appropriate spatial scales using advanced valuation methods. The research should help public and private decision makers and stakeholders at the state and local levels, by quantifying the behavioral and socioeconomic consequences of water quality regulations and related policy options across a full range of ecological and economic endpoints.

There are three distinct areas of research covered by this solicitation. EPA encourages applicants to focus on only one research area so that applications have the detail necessary to fully address one research area.

  • Research Area 1 - National Level Studies and/or Valuation for Underrepresented Water Body Types and Regions. Note, research in this area should focus on how the extent of the market varies nationally and/or for underrepresented water body types and iconic water bodies.
  • Research Area 2 - Improving Water Quality Indices (WQIs). Adjustments to current WQIs are needed to better facilitate cross-disciplinary research on water quality improvements and valuation.
  • Research Area 3 - Environmental Justice Valuation: Physical Characteristics and Geography. Note that applicants proposing research under this research area also need to demonstrate how their project will address factors described in the “Environmental Justice” section of the RFA.

For further details on each research area, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 200148

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 7 awards. EPA intends to make at least one award under each research area.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Potential Funding per Award: Up to a total of $742,000 per award, including direct and indirect costs.

Term of Contract:

The total project period requested in an application submitted for this RFA may not exceed 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. and its territories or possessions; state and local governments; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply.

Federal Agencies may not apply. Federal employees are not eligible to serve in a principal leadership role on an assistance agreement. Federal employees may not receive salaries or augment their Agency’s appropriations through awards made under this program unless authorized by law to receive such funding.

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

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Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational Webinar

Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021 Time: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The webinar will cover application information and provide an overview of what has already been provided in the RFA.

Webinar Objectives:
- Share general information and information on research areas for the RFA (EPA Project Officer)
- Learn about the submission, eligibility, relevancy review and peer review processes (EPA Eligibility, Submission, and Peer Review Officers)
- Question & answer session

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Pre-Application Information:

Solicitation Opening Date: November 24, 2021

Solicitation Closing Date: January 26, 2022: 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time

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 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.

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For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the link above.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Technical Contact: Ben Packard; phone: 202-564-7673; email:

Eligibility Contact: Ron Josephson; phone: 202-564-7823; email:

Electronic Submissions Contact: Debra M. Jones; phone: 202-564-7839; email:

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