Chemical Mechanisms to Address New Challenges in Air Quality Modeling Request for Applications now Open

 
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Chemical Mechanisms to Address New Challenges in Air Quality Modeling Request for Applications now Open

Open Date: May 8, 2019 | Close Date: June 24, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, announces the release of the Chemical Mechanisms to Address New Challenges in Air Quality Modeling Request for Applications (RFA).

Multi-pollutant air quality models (AQMs) are an essential tool in advancing scientific knowledge of air quality as well as helping to identify sources of air quality problems and potential strategies to reduce exposure to harmful air pollutants. These models are based on scientific first principles, account for real world environmental conditions, and incorporate environmental data to simulate chemical and physical processes dictating the fate of airborne pollutants. They enable the use of robust research and scientific analysis to inform policy at the local, state, national, and international scales and compliance efforts by industry to meet regulatory requirements. The most widely used AQMs are publicly-available, community models that continue to evolve through improvements provided by users and developers from academia, industry, government, and the broader international scientific community. This RFA is intended to support the atmospheric science community’s efforts to improve current and next generation AQMs used to inform air quality management.    

EPA is seeking applications proposing research to improve air quality models relevant to ozone, particulate matter (PM), regional haze, air toxics, and emerging pollutants. Specifically, EPA is interested in proposals focusing on the development of the component of an air quality model that represents the relevant atmospheric chemical reactions, which is known in this field of modeling as “the chemical mechanism.”

EPA anticipates funding approximately ten grants under this RFA for a total of $6,000,000.

The STAR Program’s goal is to stimulate and support scientific and engineering research that advances EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment. It is a competitive, peer-reviewed, extramural research program that provides access to the nation’s best scientists and engineers in academic and other nonprofit research institutions. STAR funds research on the environmental and public health effects of air quality, environmental changes, water quality and quantity, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and pesticides.

For more information on eligibility, project specifications, or how to apply: https://www.epa.gov/research-grants/chemical-mechanisms-address-new-challenges-air-quality-modeling

Chemical Mechanisms to Address New Challenges in Air Quality Modeling is part of EPA’s Air and Energy (A-E) Research Program.