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April 9, 2009

EPA Seeks Joint Applications from U.S. and UK Partners Regarding Nano Research

Lynn L. Bergeson

On March 31, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the funding opportunity for its joint U.S. — United Kingdom (UK) Research Program: Environmental Behavior, Bioavailability, and Effects of Manufactured Nanomaterials. EPA states that the outputs of the Program will be used to further scientific understanding of the fate, behavior, bioavailability, and effects of nanomaterials and risk management policy development. Two consortia, made up of UK and U.S. research institutions, will be selected for funding. EPA is seeking joint applications from U.S. and UK partners that:

  • Propose integrated model(s) of fate, behavior, bioavailability and effects for several important and representative nanomaterial classes over key environmental pathways using intrinsic material properties and life cycle analysis as a starting point for model development;
  • Validate and refine these model(s) through interdisciplinary research, addressing key assumptions and areas of uncertainty; and
  • Develop effective methods and tools to detect, assess, and monitor the presence of nanomaterials in biological and environmental samples.