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Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005
Administered by:

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Health
(see all US Federal Agencies)

Explore all postings for this grant program:
  • Original Grant - Sep 8, 2004
Applications Due:

Apr 21, 2005

total funding: $24,000,000
max award: $2,100,000
min award: none
cost sharing, matching: No
number of awards: 7
type of funding: Grant

The mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
(NIEHS) is to promote research that will ultimately reduce the burden of
human illness and dysfunction from environmental causes. Complementary to
this mission are the goals of the national Superfund Program, established by
Congress in 1980 to: identify uncontrolled hazardous wastes; characterize the
impacts of hazardous waste sites and emergency releases on the surrounding
environment (i.e., communities, ecological systems, and ambient air, soil,
water); and, institute control or remediation approaches to minimize risk
from exposure to these contaminants. With the 1980 passage of the
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
(CERCLA), better known as Superfund, it soon became clear that the strategies
for the cleanup of Superfund sites, and the technologies available to
implement these cleanups, were inadequate to address the magnitude and
complexity of the problem.

In 1986, the NIEHS Hazardous Substances Basic Research and Training Program
[the Superfund Basic Research Program (SBRP)] was created under the Superfund
Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA). Congress, under SARA, authorized
NIEHS to develop a university-based program of basic research and training
grants to address the wide array of scientific uncertainties facing the
national Superfund Program. The assignment of the SBRP to the NIEHS
underscored an emphasis on human health effects, evaluation and prevention.
However, the Program was mandated to support research that moved beyond the
biomedical arena. Inclusion of non-traditional NIH research such as the
modeling of fate and transport processes and the development of remediation
technologies for environmental contaminants became part of a new paradigm for
environmental health research. This paradigm supports the philosophy that the
long-term improvement of public health will require the integration of
biomedical, geological and engineering sciences to develop and apply a full
range of primary prevention strategies. Therefore, the SBRP, supports
coordinated multi-project, multidisciplinary university-based programs that
link biomedical research with related engineering, hydrogeologic and ecologic

The scientific parameters under which the SBRP operates were included in the
SARA legislation, which mandates that the research funded by this Program
should include development of (1) methods and technologies to detect
hazardous substances in the environment; (2) advanced techniques for the
detection, assessment, and evaluation of the effect on human health of
hazardous substances; (3) methods to assess the risks to human health
presented by hazardous substances; and (4) basic biological, chemical, and
physical methods to reduce the amount and toxicity of hazardous substances.

Accordingly, NIEHS is proposing the continuation of the SBRP to address these
mandates. Grants made under the SBRP will be for coordinated, multi-project,
multi- and interdisciplinary programs. The objective remains to establish and
maintain a unique Program that links and integrates biomedical research with
related engineering, hydrogeologic, and ecologic components.

In addition, the SBRP is committed to the concept that the Program is more
than just a basic research program, and that to truly be effective it must
foster the training of graduate and post doctoral students and be proactive
in translating the scientific accomplishments emanating from the Program to
its stakeholders -- whether to the public through community outreach, to
industry via technology transfer, or to government through partnerships.
Therefore, NIEHS has included training, community outreach and the
translation of research to appropriate audiences as components of this

[Note: Within this document the use of the word Program with an uppercase
"P" is used to denote the SBRP, whereas program with a lower case "p"
denotes the research program of the individual applicant.]

Who can apply:

Anyone/General Public
City Or Township Governments
County Governments
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments
Independent School Districts
Minority Group
Native American Organization
Non-Government - General
Nonprofits Having A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Nonprofits That Do Not Have A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Other Private Institution/Organization
Private Institutions Of Higher Education
Profit Organization
Public And State Controlled Institutions Of Higher Education
Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities
Small Business (Less Than 500 Employees
Special District Governments
State (Includes District Of Columbia; Includes Institutions Of Higher Education And Hospitals)
U.S. Territories And Possessions (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)

Eligible functional categories:
Funding Sources:

Applied Toxicological Research and Testing
Biological Response to Environmental Health Hazards
NIEHS Superfund Hazardous Substances_Basic Research and Education

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