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.
SRP defines Community Engagement as the bidirectional interaction between community stakeholders and research centers.
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.
SRP defines Research Translation as communicating—and facilitating the application of—its grantees' accomplishments.
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.