Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

The Superfund Basic Research Program-Research for the Future

Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

The Superfund Basic Research Program-Research for the Future

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It is a time of introspection for the Superfund Basic Research Program, a university-based grants program established in 1987. While maintaining the program's premise of supporting basic research for practical application to address the nation's problems associated with hazardous waste sites, the program is continuously evolving and developing new approaches to address these problems. A course was set to allow the Superfund Basic Research Program to award grants annually and to diversify funding mechanisms. With this announcement of the results of the most recent competition, the program is now poised to meet these goals.

We are pleased to announce that NIEHS has made awards to six programs addressing complex issues associated with hazardous waste sites through interdisciplinary, multi-project team approaches. Included in these six awards are one new grantee, the University of Iowa, and five grantees that have been part of the program in the past: Columbia University, Michigan State University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Washington.

In their new research endeavors, these grantees are using integrated research models to understand how contaminants are transformed as they move through soils, sediments, and groundwater and how they interact with ecosystems and ultimately effect human health. …

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