Solicitation Closing Date: March 2, 2017
Full solicitation: https://www.epa.gov/research-grants/using-total-environment-framework-built-natural-social-environments-assess-life-long
Recent research has recognized that the relationship between chemical pollutants and health effects is not necessarily straightforward. Rather, each person’s response is the combined cumulative result of interactions among chemical and non-chemical stressors from the built, natural, and social environments, along with inherent characteristics, activities/behaviors, and policies/programs. Communities and local public-health agencies need a better scientific understanding of these interactions and cumulative effects to better protect and promote environmental health and well-being.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, seeks applications for research on how pollution affects human health in the context of the total environment – built, natural, and social environments interacting together with inherent characteristics and interactions. Proposed research should develop and test innovative models or impact assessment approaches to examine causal relationships of chemical pollutants and health effects with modifying interactions among the variables representing all of the major stressors and factors involved in a person’s life. Proposals that integrate a diverse field of disciplines (social science, economics, epidemiology, engineering, environmental science, biology, statistics, toxicology, chemistry, etc.) to address the complexity of the total environment research problem are highly recommended.