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Hazardous Substances Detection and Remediation Program

The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) is interested in applying biotechnology and bioengineering approaches to develop novel strategies to characterize, monitor, and remediate hazardous substances at contaminated sites. SRP encourages applicants to develop green / sustainable detection technologies and remediation approaches that improve energy efficiency and reduce waste generation. Examples include but are not limited to:

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  • Development of advanced technologies that allow for real-time, on-site monitoring such as nanotechnology-based sensors and probes, biosensors, self-contained miniaturized toxicity-screening kits and miniaturized analytical probes and data analysis tools.
  • Development of non-targeted or multi-analyte field sampling tools or kits to preserve or stabilize environmental samples for later laboratory analysis, as well as products that allow for rapid sample clean-up/preparation for analysis of environmental samples (soil, surface water, groundwater, sediments, etc.).
  • Development of methods or devices to detect and measure vapor intrusion or to detect non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) and dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) in the subsurface.
  • Development of assays or devices to determine the extent to which a contaminant is bioavailable.
  • Development of instruments to identify subsurface geological structures and hydro-geological configurations and to sample for the presence of contaminants in these structures.
  • Development of novel technologies for in situ remediation of contaminated sediments, soils, and groundwater.
  • Development of cost-effective devices to detect or remediate chemical mixtures in environmental media.
  • Development of computational, geographical information system-based, or modeling products for predicting fate and transport of contaminants, rates of remediation, or for identifying contamination sources.
  • Development of nano-enabled structures, electrochemical methods, photocatalytic processes, thermal treatments, or filtration-based methods of remediation.
  • Development of bioremediation and phytoremediation technologies including the use of genetic engineering approaches; or the development and culturing/propagation of plants, bacterial strains, or fungal species optimized for bioremediation.
  • Development of high throughput assays or toxicity screening products for use in ecological risk assessments.

SRP recognizes the important public health impact of detection or remediation technologies that are applicable to nonpoint-source air pollution and drinking water; however, a higher priority will be placed on remediation and detection technologies with a clear connection to sites impacted by hazardous substances.

Please see the NIH SBIR/STTR webpage for application information or visit the NIEHS SBIR/STTR webpage for other SBIR/STTR opportunities within NIEHS.

Please see SRP’s Currently Funded SBIR/STTR Programs webpage to learn about the research we support.

The NIEHS contact person is:

Heather Henry, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Superfund Research Program
Tel (919) 541-5330

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