EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) provided an opportunity for the EPA regions to submit proposals for projects using innovative approaches to address regional and state science priorities.
The selected projects address environmental and human health problems in 14 states across all 10 regions through partnerships between ORD, regional offices, and states. They focus on a wide variety of issues from non-point source nitrogen pollution and volatile organic compound emission detection to harmful algal blooms and roadway air pollution near schools.
The projects employed one or more innovation approaches to work on solutions to these problems: five use citizen science and crowdsourcing, one uses a challenge and prize competition, seven use advanced monitoring technologies, and one uses social science. These projects directly address challenges faced by state agencies and demonstrate how advancing science is essential to the work of states and EPA regions.