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.
SRP and NIEHS Resources
- Superfund Research Program Strategic Plan 2020-2025
- NIEHS Strategic Plan 2018-2023
- Superfund Research Program Webpage: contains information about the NIEHS Superfund Research Program including currently supported research areas (e.g., Who We Fund, Research Briefs, Science Digest, e-Posted newsletter, etc.)
- P42 Funding Opportunities Webpage: contains details about how to assemble the SRP P42 application (page limits, sections to include, forms to use) and provides a link to a free informational SRP funding opportunities webinar on October 1, 2020.
- SRP Search Tool: SRP maintains a searchable website that includes access to currently-funded SRP grants and topics being investigated by SRP Centers. Applicants are encouraged to identify unique topic areas that are not currently represented among SRP Centers.
- SRP Materials for Grantees: although not all information found in this section is applicable to new applicants, applicants should review these materials which include the "SRP Data Collection Form", "How to Gain and Maintain Access to Superfund Sites", "CareerTrac", and other important resources.
- NIEHS Partners for Environmental Public Health (PEPH): 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 this website.
- PEPH Evaluation Metrics Manual: provides examples of tangible metrics that can be used for both planning and evaluation. For example, logic models are used to develop evaluation metrics for cross-cutting PEPH themes such as Partnerships, Leveraging, Products and Dissemination, Education and Training and Capacity Building. A link to the evaluation manual can be found on this site.
US EPA and ATSDR Resources
- Superfund Remedy Report (SRR; formerly called "Annual Status Report"): The SRR follows trends in remedy selection using past data as far back 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. A link to the most recent report can be found on this website.
- Next Generation Compliance calls for detection technologies that are easy to use: see environmental data collection for compliance.
- National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES): NHANES is a survey that examines a nationally representative sample of about 5,000 persons each year. Participants complete a survey (includes demographic, socioeconomic, dietary, health-related questions), receive a medical examination, and provide biospecimens for laboratory tests including several environmental contaminants or contaminant metabolites. Results are reported in the National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals. The report also includes laboratory methods for both preparative and analytic chemical methods currently used on NHANES samples.
- Stakeholder Points of Contact: SRP recognizes the value of coordinating with stakeholders during the application development process to maximize the relevancy of the proposed research. Although making contact with regional representatives is generally encouraged, it is particularly important that researchers proposing to work on Superfund Sites contact the site’s EPA Remedial Project Manager as well as regional EPA and ATSDR contact persons as outlined in the Best Practice Tips for SRP Grantees: How to Gain and Maintain Access to Superfund Sites (437KB). The following websites may be useful in finding appropriate contacts for the EPA and ATSDR within your region:
- EPA Community Involvement Offices in each region
- EPA Superfund and Technology Liaisons facilitate the use of sound science and technology in decision making for hazardous waste programs.
- The ATSDR Division of Community Health Investigations 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. Regional Directors may be found by accessing the appropriate link on the ATSDR Regional Offices website.
- EPA Office of Land and Emergency Management’s map of cleanup sites.
- Sustainability Initiatives: EPA’s sustainability paradigm incorporates 3 pillars of environmental, social, and economic issues. Their Sustainability Research Grants page has a description of the Agency’s research programs with an emphasis on sustainability.
- EPA maintains a spreadsheet tool titled Spreadsheet for Environmental Footprint Analysis (SEFA) to quantify the environmental footprint of remediation activities.
- Principles of Community Engagement (Second Edition): report released by ATSDR provides guidance for best practices in community engaged research
- EPA Superfund Technical Support and Resource Centers: include several centers that link latest methods/approaches/research to solve problems encountered in field
- The following websites provide recently developed laboratory methods for both preparative and analytic chemical methods used on NHANES samples:
- Strategic Research Action Plans, particularly the "Sustainable and Healthy Communities Strategic Research Action Plan", encompasses Superfund Research Program relevant research topics.