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Students Addressing Public Health and Environmental Challenges

P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet

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United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Science Advisor, Policy and Engagement, Office of Research and Development

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10/27/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories higher education institutions 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: air quality, safe and sustainable water resources, sustainable and healthy communities, and chemical safety.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award Program – is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, design, and demonstrate solutions to real world challenges. The P3 competition 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. The EPA offers the P3 competition in response to the environmental and public health challenges in the United States, including those in small, rural, tribal and/or underserved communities. Proposed projects must embody the P3 approach, which is that they have the intention and capability to simultaneously improve the quality of people’s lives, provide economic benefits and protect the environment.

To increase the number of Phase I grants awarded to institutions who have not traditionally received awards, EPA intends to use approximately 50% of the total amount of funding available under this announcement for grants to “new awardees.” This percentage is only an estimate and is subject to change based on funding levels, the quality of applications received, and other applicable considerations

For this reason, EPA strongly encourages all eligible applicants, including minority serving institutions (MSIs), to apply under this opportunity.

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GrantWatch ID#: 164823

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 16 awards for Phase I; Approximately four awards for Phase II

Estimated Size of Grant:

Potential Funding per Award: Up to $25,000 per Phase I grant including direct and indirect costs.

Applications for Phase I grants requesting an award of more than $25,000 will not be considered.

Term of Contract:

Applications for Phase I grants must be for one year.

Phase II grants are for two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 and/or graduate students. 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 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

New Research Funding Opportunity - 19th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet Request for Applications (RFA) Webinar

Date and Time:
- Wednesday, September 15, 2021
- 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

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Pre-Application Information:

- Solicitation Opening Date: 08/11/2021
- Solicitation Closing Date: 10/27/2021: 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time

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. 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 submission deadline. This registration, and electronic submission of your application, must be performed by an authorized representative of your organization.

Institutional cost-sharing is not required for Phase I or Phase II grants.

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

Agency Contacts:
- Technical Contact: Kyle Spatz; phone: 202-564-3201; 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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EPA-G2022-P3-Q1 – Air Quality; EPA-G2022-P3-Q2 – Safe and Sustainable Water Resources; EPA-G2022-P3-Q3 – Sustainable and Healthy Communities; EPA-G2022-P3-Q4 – Chemical Safety

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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