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Funding Opportunities

National Internet-based On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) Information Exchange
Friday, September 16, 2016-- Applications from eligible entities are currently being accepted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to maintain, update, and improve an Internet-based information clearinghouse to facilitate the accurate and timely exchange of technical information related to vehicle on-board diagnostics (OBD) testing with state inspection and maintenance (I/M) programs, the automotive industry, and the general public. This project will also serve automotive technicians by providing current information about OBD technology, OBD training opportunities, OBD diagnostic tool vendors, and public outreach materials. -- (full text)

Smart City Air Challenge
Friday, September 16, 2016-- EPA is challenging communities across the country to collect data using hundreds of air quality sensors as part of the Smart City Air Challenge. The agency is offering up to $40,000 apiece to two communities to help them develop and implement plans for collecting and sharing data from air quality sensors. To qualify for the challenge, communities will need to submit plans for deploying hundreds of air quality sensors and managing the data they collect. The award money only covers part of the program costs, so communities will need to partner with sensor manufacturers, data management companies or others to get resources and expertise to implement their plans. -- (full text)

Fiscal Year 2017 National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program
Friday, September 16, 2016-- The Exchange Network Grant Program provides funding to states, territories and federally recognized Indian tribes to support the development of the Environmental Information Exchange Network (EIEN). The primary outcome expected from Exchange Network assistance agreements is improved access to, and exchange of, high-quality environmental data from public and private sector sources. Each fiscal year, EPA expects to award about $9 million to approximately 30 to 40 EIEN projects; awards for each project can range between $50,000 and $300,000. EPA may make a limited number of awards to collaborative, partnership assistance agreements. Budgets for these projects cannot exceed $500,000. The exact number of awarded grants will depend on: the final amount of EPAs appropriation for the grant program, the number of applications submitted to EPA by the application deadline, the amounts of proposed budgets, and the outcome of application reviews. Applications should demonstrate support for and results toward EIEN program priorities. -- (full text)

Training and Technical Assistance to Improve Water Quality and Enable Small Public Water Systems to Provide Safe Drinking Water
Tuesday, August 16, 2016-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to provide training and technical assistance for small public water systems to help such systems achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and to provide training and technical assistance for small publicly owned wastewater systems, communities served by onsite/decentralized wastewater systems, and private well owners to improve water quality under the Clean Water Act (CWA). Training and technical assistance activities provided to these systems, communities and private well owners should be made available nationally in rural and urban communities and to personnel of tribally owned and operated systems. -- (full text)

Environmental Health Cohorts Maintenance and Infrastructure (R24)
Monday, August 01, 2016-- Applicants from eligible entities are currently being accepted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to provide support for the maintenance of existing environmental epidemiology cohorts and their associated biorepositories; for the collection or development of additional measures; to facilitate follow-up of study participants especially during key windows of susceptibility, and to provide a structure to facilitate broader sharing of data and resources with the scientific community. The goal of this program is to provide stability to existing EECs by supporting the necessary infrastructure to retain trained field personnel essential to continue ongoing longitudinal data collection, to follow-up study participants, and to preserve the integrity and quality of specimen collection. Each resource grant is expected to focus on activities that will enable efficient planning and operation of cohorts in preparation to (1) maintain the scientific integrity of the resource and community engagement; (2) prepare for future scientific needs and direction; (3) promote engagement of new disciplines in the field; and (4) facilitate scientific collaborations across cohorts. -- (full text)