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Your Environment. Your Health.

Superfund Research Program

  • Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center scientists discovered a group of fungi that may be promising for remediation of soil contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Study was led by Claudia Gunsch, Ph.D., at Duke University.

    Research Brief 308: Using Fungi to Clean up Contaminated Soil 

    Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center scientists discovered a group of fungi that may be promising for remediation of soil contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Study was led by Claudia Gunsch, Ph.D., at Duke University.
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    Support for Understanding How Environmental Exposures Affect Coronavirus Disease

    NIEHS issued a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) for mission-relevant research to understand the impact of environmental exposures on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). A Funding Opportunity Announcement was also released for community interventions to address effects of COVID-19. The NIH recently launced Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) funding opportunities related to COVID-19 testing.
  • Congratulations to the 2020 winners of the KC Donnelly Externship Award

    2020 K.C. Donnelly Award Winners

    The K.C. Donnelly Externship Award Supplement, established in memory of longtime SRP grantee K.C. Donnelly, Ph.D., provides current SRP-funded graduate students and postdoctoral researchers with translational/transdisciplinary opportunities and experiences within other SRP-funded centers, government laboratories, or other agencies.
    Learn about the 2020 winners!
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    SRP Funding Opportunities

    The most recent Occupational Health and Safety Training Education Programs on Emerging Technologies (R25) Request for Applications was released on April 30, 2020, and the application deadline is August 3, 2020.
    NIEHS released a Notice of Intent To Publish with details about the anticipated release of the next Multiproject Center Grants (P42) Request for Applications in August 2020, with an estimated due date for applications of February 15, 2021.
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    Superfund Research Program Science Digest

    Check out the June 2020 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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    SRP-Funded Research Benefits Science and Society

    A recent publication from SRP program staff highlights how SRP-funded basic biomedical research has led to benefits for science, health, and society. The commentary emphasizes how SRP research informed the development of policies and interventions to improve public health.
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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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    Hot off the Press

    Read the latest publications from SRP researchers.
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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.

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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