Nearly $1M Available for Student-Led Environmental Research

epa-logo-11Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Program: 13th Annual P3 Awards: A Nat’l Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (CFDA Number: 66.516), Funding Opportunity Numbers: EPA-G2016-P3-Q1 – energy; EPA-G2016-P3-Q2 – built environment; EPA-G2016-P3-Q3 – materials and chemicals; and EPA-G2016-P3-Q4 – water; Eligibility: Nonprofits, colleges and for-profits (projects must be student-led); Funding: $975,000 for 41 awards (no match is required), competition will be held in two phases; Deadline: Dec. 8.

Summary: Grants reward student-led projects improving the environment. The funds support science-based projects and designs developed by interdisciplinary student teams to benefit people by improving their quality of life. There are four project categories, which each have a different Funding Opportunity Number.

The competition is composed of two phases. The first phase is a competition for one-year grants of up to $15,000 to develop scientific or engineering projects to promote sustainable development. In the spring of 2016, the Phase I grantees will have an opportunity to be eligible to compete for Phase II awards of up to $75,000.

This funding must be used for research and not for commercial and/or for-profit initiatives (such as business creation). Applicants desiring to propose projects with commercial potential are encouraged to apply for funding from EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

Info: Ron Josephson,; phone: 703/308-0442, or go to the NOFA at:

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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