Superfund Research Program
2020-2025 Strategic Plan
In 2020, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training Program, also known as the Superfund Research Program (SRP), engaged stakeholders from academia, environmental health agencies, and not-for-profit organizations to review and refine the SRP strategic plan. The 2020 Strategic Plan (1MB) builds on the 2010 and 2015 SRP Strategic Plans that provided summaries of objectives and goals for the program, and outlined strategies to achieve them. The 2010 Strategic Plan was prepared with significant input from an external advisory panel and stakeholders. The 2015 Strategic Plan was updated to address emerging needs and program goals. In the 2020 update, SRP reaffirms its commitment to the objectives presented in these previous iterations, while focusing SRP research through a systems approach lens to accommodate emerging complexity, and research and training opportunities of the program.
2015-2020 Strategic Plan
In 2015, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training Program (Superfund Research Program or SRP) engaged stakeholders from academia, environmental health agencies, and not-for-profit organizations to review and refine, as needed, the SRP 2010 Strategic Plan. The resulting 2015 document reaffirms SRP's commitment to the objectives presented in the 2010 Strategic Plan. The refinements presented in this document strengthen the Program's approach to improving human health and the environment through reducing or eliminating the negative impacts of exposure to hazardous substances from hazardous waste sites.
2010-2015 Strategic Plan
In response to recommendations from the SRP 2009 External Advisory Panel, the Program developed a strategic plan to provide direction to achieve its mandates described in SARA Section 311(a).
External Advisory Panels
The SRP convenes External Advisory Panels to review the performance of the Program and ensure that the Program remains responsive to its mandates. Panels are made up of members of academia, government, and industry, and represent Program stakeholders in their assessments.
2009 External Advisory Panel
The 2009 External Advisory Panel (EAP) report and executive summary provided the following recommendations:
- Identify and promote research on emerging scientific issues critical for site assessment and remediation.
- Increase program integration and promote interactions among grantees.
- Increase emphasis on translation of research towards remediation activities.
- Promote effective and sensitive community outreach.
- Ensure critical review of continuously-funded, multi-project grants.
- Develop and/or improve tools for assessing progress and achievements.
- Develop metrics to assess the impact of SBRP research.
2003 External Advisory Panel
In 2003, the SRP challenged the working group to identify strengths and areas of productivity of the Program, to determine the adequacy of the Program’s efforts to communicate the science emanating from the Program, as well as to provide insights to future directions.
In the summary report, the EAP recommended that the SRP continue to integrate the science beyond the multidisciplinary structure currently in place and reinforced the SRP staff’s philosophy that research results must be made readily accessible to program stakeholders, and technology transfer should be pursued on a formal and active basis.