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EPA to Sponsor Research on the Health and Environment Impacts from Nanomaterials

Release Date: 07/10/2003
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Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819 /

(07/10/03) EPA is accepting applications for research to determine the potential health and environmental impacts of nanomaterials: unusually small man-made particles that are measured in billionths of a meter (nanometers). One nanometer spans three to five atoms lined up in a row. Nanotechnology is a promising new field that may lead to great advances in environmental protection, medicine, and manufacturing. For example, filter systems for drinking or waste water could be designed at the nanoparticle level to remove even the most minuscule of impurities. Nanomaterials are also being used in a wide range of products, such as sunscreens, composites, and chemical catalysts. Recognizing the potential for human and environmental exposure to nanomaterials, EPA seeks to collect information on the health effects of manufactured nanomaterials. This request for applications invites research proposals focusing on the potential toxicity of and exposure to manufactured nanomaterials. Approximately $4 million in research grants will be awarded through EPA’s Science to Achieve Results program, which funds environmental research through a competitive application process and independent peer review. The deadline for submitting proposals for these research grants is Dec. 11, 2003. For more information, go to: .