U.S. EPA's Request for Applications (RFAs): Research for Understanding PFAS Uptake and Bioaccumulation in Plants and Animals in Agricultural, Rural, and Tribal Communities

Brian Melzian October 10, 2023

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFAs)Research for Understanding PFAS Uptake and Bioaccumulation in Plants and Animals in Agricultural, Rural, and Tribal Communities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applicants for research to better understand per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) uptake in agricultural plants and animals and to help agricultural, rural, and Tribal communities mitigate and manage the impacts of PFAS exposure.

PFAS are a group of synthetic chemicals that have been widely used in a variety of industry and consumer products. These substances are resistant to degradation, can build up in the body over time, and exposure has been linked to harmful health effects. Due to their widespread use, PFAS may be found in soil, air, water, and food, and most people in the United States have had some level of exposure.

Research to mitigate PFAS exposure and improve agronomical management is crucial for enhanced support of agricultural production, farm viability and Tribal communities. Applicants are required to respond to the following research area covered by this solicitation:

Develop research that provides new understanding of PFAS bioaccumulation in plants and animals within agricultural operations. The information collected should clearly support the development of strategies for the management and mitigation of PFAS in the food supply. Community engagement is a required component of the application and applicants must involve agricultural industry partners and/or agricultural community-based organizations in the formulation of research objectives.

 Acceptable research categories include:

  • PFAS bioaccumulation via biosolid applications
  • Livestock resources
  • Irrigation waters
  • Previously unidentified pre-harvest sources
  • Whole-food webs as it relates to Tribal agricultural settings

AWARD INFORMATION:  It is anticipated that a total of approximately $8,000,000 will be awarded under this announcement, depending on the availability of funds, quality of applications received, and other applicable considerations. The EPA anticipates funding approximately five (5) awards under this “Request for Application” (RFA). Requests for amounts in excess of a total of $1,600,000 per award, including direct and indirect costs, will not be considered. The total project period requested in an application submitted for this RFA may not exceed four (4) years.”

To view the full details of the request for applications and how to apply, click the Apply Here button found below. Opens: October 6, 2023 & Closes: December 6, 2023

Informational Webinar:

Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. ET

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 Brian D. Melzian, Ph.D.; 10/10/23