U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability

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Synopsis of Program: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers the P3-People, Prosperity and the Planet Award Program, which seeks applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. The P3 Award program was developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of economic prosperity, protection of the planet, and improved quality of life for its people-people, prosperity, and the planet-the three pillars of sustainability. The EPA offers the P3 competition in order to respond to the technical needs of the world while moving towards the goal of sustainability.

This solicitation does not provide the opportunity for the submission of applications for projects that involve human subjects research.

Eligibility Information: Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (limited to degree-granting public institutions of higher education) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (limited to degree-granting private institutions of higher education) located in the U.S. are eligible to apply. See full announcement for more details.

Award Information: The P3 Award Program is composed of two phases that award grants on a competitive basis. The purpose of this RFA is to solicit proposals for innovative research projects and designs to compete for the first phase of the P3 Award Program. The first phase is a competition for one-year grants of up to $15,000 to test, research and develop innovative scientific projects or engineering designs that will promote sustainable development. The Phase I grantees awarded from this solicitation are required to present their projects/designs at the annual National Sustainable Design Expo where they will have an opportunity to be eligible to compete for Phase II grant awards of up to $90,000. The Phase II grant awards are intended to support the further development and demonstration of the sustainability projects/designs created in Phase I. The competitors for P3 Phase II grants are limited to recipients of Phase I grant awards from this solicitation. Additional instructions for completing the Phase II proposals, which will be due approximately seven months after the Phase I grants are awarded, will be distributed to Phase I recipients. Those projects identified for receipt of a Phase II grant will be recognized as P3 Award recipients on the P3 website.

For information on the application submission, or to view the most recent solicitation, visit http://www.epa.gov/p3/.

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Higher Education
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All Minnesota
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Eligibility Contact: Bronda Harrison harrison.bronda@epa.gov; phone: 703-347-8080

Electronic Submissions: Todd Peterson peterson.todd@epa.gov; phone: 703-308-7224

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