Superfund Research Program
The following links provide information for Superfund Research Program Center (P42) applicants in developing robust and relevant research projects and core activities.
- P42 Funding Opportunities Webpage contains links to “Suggested Research Topics and Activities;” “Tips for Applicants” to assist in the assembly of the SRP P42 application; information about informational SRP funding opportunities webinars, etc.
- Multiproject Center Grants Webpage lists current and past P42 Centers. Applicants are encouraged to identify unique topic areas that are not currently represented among SRP Centers. In addition, applicants may wish to utilize the SRP Search Tool to search for particular topics investigated by SRP grantees.
General Information about Superfund and other EPA and ATSDR Resources
- Priority Hazardous Substances - CERCLA Priority List of Hazardous Substances (ATSDR): This is a list of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) priority hazardous substances, i.e. a list, in order of priority, of substances that are most commonly found at facilities on the National Priorities List (NPL) and which are determined to pose the most significant potential threat to human health due to their known or suspected toxicity and potential for human exposure at these NPL sites.
- EPA/ORD Research for the 21st Century: EPA is forging a path forward to develop sustainable solutions to the nation's highest priority science needs through the development of six integrated research programs to provide the scientific foundation, methods, and tools the Agency needs to fulfill its mission of protecting human health and the environment. The following plans are suggested for understanding priorities relevant to Superfund (Contaminated Sites):
- EPA Clean-Up Information (Clu-In) Issue Areas: CLU-IN Issue Areas draw upon existing resources from the EPA CLU-IN Web site, other sources of information, and updates from federal cleanup programs, state sources, universities, nonprofit organizations, peer-reviewed publications, and public-private partnerships.
- Superfund Remedy Report (formerly called “Annual Status Report”): The SRR follows trends in remedy selection using past data going back as far as 1982. The SRR analyzes remedies selected or modified in 594 decision documents; includes brief project highlights related to green remediation, in situ bioremediation, and high resolution site characterization; and includes downloadable appendices with data for several key tables and figures in the report and new appendices that summarize all the remedy components.
- ATSDR Unfilled Research Needs: The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (ATSDR) congressionally mandated Substance-Specific Applied Research Program (SSARP) consists of a research agenda for priority hazardous substances. In establishing the SSARP, ATSDR first identifies data needs in its Toxicological Profiles for these substances. Those research needs are included here.
- Science and Decisions Advancing Risk Assessment: In this National Research Council (2009) report, the Committee on Improving Risk Analysis Approaches Used by the U.S. EPA conducts a scientific and technical review of EPA’s current risk-analysis concepts and practices and offers recommendations for practical improvements that EPA could make in the near term (2-5 y) and in the longer term (10-20 y). The committee focused on human health risk assessment but considered the implications of its conclusions and recommendations for ecologic risk assessment.
- Toxics Release Inventory Program: The EPA Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program tracks the management of certain toxic chemicals that may pose a threat to human health and the environment. U.S. facilities in different industry sectors must report annually how much of each chemical is released to the environment and/or managed through recycling, energy recovery and treatment. The information submitted by facilities is compiled in the Toxics Release Inventory. TRI helps support informed decision-making by industry, government, non-governmental organizations and the public.
Research Translation and Community Engagement Information
- NIEHS Partners for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) is a network that brings together scientists, community members, educators, health care providers, public health officials, and policy makers in the shared goal of advancing the impact of environmental public health research at local, regional, and national levels. Resources useful for applicants, such as information about best practices for establishing partnerships as well as suggestions for assessing efficacy of community engagement and translation activities, can be found on the PEPH website.
- The PEPH Evaluation Metrics Manual provides examples of tangible metrics that PEPH grantees and program staff can use for both planning and evaluation. Example logic models are used as a means to develop evaluation metrics for cross-cutting PEPH themes such as Partnerships, Leveraging, Products and Dissemination, Education and Training and Capacity Building. PEPH grantees (including all project partners) are the primary target audience for this document.
- EPA Superfund and Technology Liaisons facilitate the use of sound science and technology in decision making for hazardous waste programs.
- The Environmental Protection Agency Superfund Community Involvement Program provides resources to achieve meaningful community participation during Superfund cleanups. For more information on the EPA's community involvement programs refer to the following web sites:
- Cleanups in My Community can be used to map and list areas where pollution is being or has been cleaned up throughout the United States. Sites listed here include facilities and properties under EPA's Superfund, RCRA, and/or Brownfields cleanup programs, as well as Federal facilities under EPA's Superfund and/or RCRA cleanup programs.
- The ATSDR Division of Regional Operations fulfills the Agency's directives at the regional level by staffing an ATSDR Regional Office within each of the 10 EPA Regional Offices. The ATSDR regional representatives provide the Agency a unique expertise that combines special technical and field experience from their assigned regions. Senior Regional Representatives can be found on their website