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Grants to USA IHEs to Support Research by Undergraduate and Graduate Students Addressing Public Health and Environmental Challenges

20th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet

GrantWatch ID# 164823
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Office of Science Advisor, Policy and Engagement - Office of Research and Development (ORD)
CFDA Number: 66.516
Funding or PIN Number: EPA-G2023-P3-Q1 - Clean and Healthy Air; EPA-G2023-P3-Q2 - Clean and Safe Water; EPA-G2023-P3-Q3 - Safeguard and Revitalize Communities; EPA-G2023-P3-Q4 - Ensure Safety of Chemicals

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York CityNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashington, DCWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

Important Dates
Conference Date: 10/25/22
Deadline: 02/01/23 11:59 PM ET

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories IHEs to support research by undergraduate and graduate students addressing public health and environmental challenges. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Research in the following areas of interest is invited: clean and healthy air, clean and safe water, safeguard and revitalize communities, and ensure safety of chemicals.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeks applications proposing to take a holistic approach, grounded in research and innovation, to develop and demonstrate solutions to real world challenges. The People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Program highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative technology-based projects that achieve the mutual goals of improved quality of life, economic prosperity and environmental protection. P3 encourages interdisciplinary collaborations across STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines to devise innovative solutions to environmental and public health challenges in the U.S., including those in small, rural, tribal and/or underserved communities.
Specific Research Areas of Interest:
  • Clean and Healthy Air: EPA supports research that advances the science and provides the information critical to improving the Nation’s air quality. EPA seeks projects that support research and demonstration of innovative and cost-effective solutions for improving air quality. Examples of relevant topic areas include, but are not limited to, assessment of human and ecosystem exposures and effects associated with air pollutants on individual, community, regional, and national scales; development and evaluation of approaches to prevent and reduce air pollution, particularly sustainable, cost-effective, and innovative multipollutant and sector-based approaches; or human exposure and environmental modeling, monitoring, metrics, and information needed to inform air quality decision making at the state, tribal and local level.
  • Clean and Safe Water: EPA supports research that advances the science and innovative tools and information needed to protect and restore the Nation’s watersheds, aquatic ecosystems, and water infrastructure to provide clean, adequate, and equitable supplies of water for optimum human health and ecosystem functions. Examples of relevant topic areas include, but are not limited to, research on assessing the distribution, composition, remediation and health impacts of known and emerging chemical and biological contaminants in drinking water; and innovative approaches or tools for managing ambient water quality to protect human health and aquatic life.
  • Safeguard and Revitalize Communities: EPA supports research that advances the science and innovative technologies needed to remediate and restore the Nation’s most challenging and complex contaminated sites; to reduce the burden of contamination from the storage and management of waste while advancing the Agency’s vision for a future paradigm that fundamentally disrupts the creation and flow of waste; and to revitalize communities from increased exposure to contaminants resulting from natural disasters and extreme events. Examples of relevant topic areas include, but are not limited to, innovative methods and technologies to characterize and to remove contaminants from environmental media (e.g., soil, water, air); research to build community resilience to potential pollution resulting from natural disasters and extreme events; and development of innovative solutions to waste management, as well as techniques and technologies that allow for the beneficial reuse of products and materials.
  • Ensure Safety of Chemicals: EPA supports research for evaluating and predicting impacts from chemical use and disposal and providing states and industries with information, tools, and methods to make better informed and more timely decisions about the thousands of chemicals in the U.S. EPA seeks projects that support research and demonstration of innovative and cost-effective solutions to chemical safety challenges. Examples of relevant topic areas include, but are not limited to, development of technologies and approaches to help reduce or replace animal testing and tools to assess their feasibility; and development of information technology and software tools to mine ever-expanding data sources for information on chemical exposures and toxicities. 

Expected Outputs and outcomes:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Public and private institutions of higher education (limited to degree-granting 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, graduate students, or both. Profit-making firms and individuals 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 application 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.

Foreign governments, international organizations, and non-governmental international organizations/institutions are not eligible to apply.

Further eligibility information:

Pre-Proposal Conference
An informational webinar will be held on October 25, 2022, at 2:00 PM.


Pre-Application Information
Solicitation Opening Date: October 4, 2022
Solicitation Closing Date: February 1, 2023: 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time

Organizations applying to this funding opportunity must have an active registration. Once your account is active, you must register in Please note that this process can take a month or more for new registrants. 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 application submission deadline.

View these opportunities on
- Clean and Healthy Air:
- Clean and Safe Water:
- Safeguard and Revitalize Communities:
- Ensure Safety of Chemicals:

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

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
The EPA anticipates funding approximately 16 awards under this RFA.

Estimated Size of Grant
Requests for amounts in excess of a total of $75,000 per award, including direct and indirect costs, will not be considered.

Term of Contract
The total project period requested in an application submitted for this RFA may not exceed 2 years.

Contact Information
Technical Contact: Angela Page; phone: 202-564-7957; email:

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

Electronic Submissions Contact:

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