Using a Total Environment Framework (Built, Natural, Social Environments) to Assess Life-long Health Effects of Chemical Exposures



Open Date: 12/02/2016 – Close Date: 03/02/2017


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the release of the Using a Total Environment Framework (Built, Natural, Social Environments) to Assess Life-long Health Effects of Chemical Exposures Request for Applications.

Recent research has found that the relationship between chemical pollutants and health effects is influenced by a multitude of external factors. Each person’s response is the combined cumulative result of interactions between different aspects of the environments they inhabit and engage with. Health outcomes are impacted by influences such as chemical and non-chemical stressors, the built, natural and social environments, inherent characteristics and policies or programs. The overall purpose of this RFA is to support research that will improve scientific understanding of these interactions and cumulative effects to better protect and promote human health and the environment.

EPA, through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Research Grants Program, is seeking applications for research investigating how pollution affects human health in the context of the total environment – built, natural and social. Specifically, interdisciplinary research projects are sought that will develop and test innovative methods to assess causal relationships and interactions between all of the major stressors and factors involved in a person’s life. Due to the complexity of the total environment research challenges, proposals that integrate diverse fields of disciplines are highly recommended.

This RFA is supported by EPA’s Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Research Program, which supports the development of science and tools to help communities make better decisions toward sustaining a healthy society and environment.

Applicable Category(s): Grant/Fellowship Announcements

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