Community Engagement and Research Translation
Superfund Research Program
The Superfund Research Program (SRP) is about more than basic research. The SRP proactively communicates its scientific accomplishments to its stakeholders — whether to the public through community outreach and engagement, to industry via technology transfer, or to government through partnerships.
The SRP has a strong history of seeking opportunities for working with communities and sharing research findings with communities and community-serving organizations in a useful and informative manner.
SRP's Community Engagement Cores (CEC) serve to enhance knowledge exchange and to support the needs of communities impacted by hazardous-waste sites. Partnerships with communities and community-serving organizations are the cornerstone of such CEC activities as:
- Assisting a community in accessing pertinent information or translating materials into its native language;
- Partnering with tribes in determining exposure pathways relevant to their traditional and cultural practices; and
- Providing scientific expertise in response to a community's questions.
In addition to outreach/engagement, the SRP facilitates the translation of its grantees' scientific accomplishments. At each SRP Center, the Research Translation Core (RTC) does this by maintaining effective communications within SRP; establishing partnerships with government agencies; administering technology transfers; and disseminating information to other end users, including the general public.
See the Grantee Community Engagement and Research Translation Cores page to find contact information for all currently funded grantees.