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Your Environment. Your Health.

Superfund Research Program

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    Notice of Funding Opportunity:

    NIEHS released RFA-ES-23-001 "Limited Competition: Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training Program (P42 Clinical Trial Optional)" on April 17, 2023. Submissions are open from September 2 to October 2, 2023Visit the SRP Funding Opportunities  webpage to learn more about this and other funding opportunities as well as basic information for SRP grants applications.
  •  SRP grantees work across multidisciplinary teams to develop advanced sampling techniques, use innovative modeling approaches, design sustainable cleanup strategies, and work closely with communities to promote health and resilience in the context of climate change.

    SRP Team Release New Climate Change Adaptation Commentary

    The NIEHS SRP recently published a commentary describing how SRP’s multidisciplinary, systems-focused approach can be used as a model to help overcome the challenges from climate change and pivot to additional needs as they arise. Read more in the article, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
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    SRP Welcomes New and Returning Multiproject Centers

    The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) welcomes 11 new and returning multiproject centers. These centers bring together teams of health and environmental science and engineering researchers to tackle complex problems related to hazardous substances.
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    SRP Risk e-Learning Webinar Series: Climate Change and Health

    SRP hosted a Risk e-Learning webinar series focused on scientific research and tools that can be used to promote health and resilience to climate-related disasters. The series featured SRP-funded researchers, collaborators, and other subject-matter experts who aim to better understand and address how climate-related events affects human exposures to hazardous substances. More information, including archival recordings, is available on the SRP Risk e-Learning webpage.
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    Research Brief 341: Fighting Fluorine with Fluorine: New Materials Remove PFAS from Groundwater

    Researchers funded by the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) created a novel class of materials that can attract and remove per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from water. According to the authors, the new technology — called Fluor Mop — can be regenerated, reused, and is potentially less expensive than current remediation strategies.
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    Superfund Research Program Science Digest

    Check out the March 2023 issue of the SRP Science Digest, which showcases SRP research providing practical, scientific solutions to protect health, the environment, and communities.
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    Where We Work

    If you are interested in learning more about where SRP grantees are working, check out the SRP map to see the locations of SRP grantees, as well as hazardous waste sites where they conduct research or outreach.
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    SRP Search Tools

    SRP has five search tools to help you learn more about the projects and researchers funded by the Program. The new SRP Faceted Search tool allows you to apply one or more filters to browse information about SRP projects. Filters include chemicals studied, health outcomes, environmental media, and remediation approaches.
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    Hot off the Press

    Read the latest publications from SRP researchers.

The NIEHS Hazardous Substance Basic Research and Training Program (Superfund Research Program [SRP]) provides practical, scientific solutions to protect health, the environment, and communities. As part of NIEHS, an Institute of the National Institutes of Health, SRP works to learn more about ways to protect the public from exposure to hazardous substances, such as industrial solvents, arsenic, lead, and mercury. These and other toxic substances are found in contaminated water, soil, and air at hazardous waste sites throughout the United States.

SRP funds university-based grants on basic biological, environmental, and engineering processes to find real and practical solutions to exposures to hazardous substances. These activities complement the work of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and other federal and state agencies.

In keeping with the NIEHS mission, SRP's teams of diverse professionals develop, test, and implement unique, solution-oriented approaches to address complex environmental health problems. These teams study environmental contaminants in order to lower environmental cleanup costs, reduce human exposure, and improve human health. SRP's central goal is to understand and break the link between chemical exposure and disease.

To instantly hear about SRP news, research advances, events, and job opportunities for SRP trainees, follow @SRP_NIEHS on Twitter.

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