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Aquatic Ecosystems Research Applications Requested

Release Date: 03/18/2004
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Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819/

(03/18/04) To protect the environment from both man-made and natural disturbances, EPA is seeking applications for research on the response of ecosystems to major stressors. An example of a human stressor is the discharge of pollutants into water; a natural event could be a severe storm and subsequent flooding. There are two objectives of this research. The first goal is to improve understanding of the resilience of ecosystems, meaning the amount of disturbance that an ecosystem can withstand and how long it takes an ecosystem to recover. The second goal is to use practical insights from analysis of past thresholds (conditions beyond which there was an abrupt change in the ecosystem) to develop adaptive management practices for similar ecosystems to prevent problems before they occur. This work will help anticipate and assess future environmental stressors before their effects can adversely impact people or the environment. Applications may be submitted electronically through the new Federal Funding Opportunities (FedGrants) system ( EPA will use this web site to provide the public with an efficient and simple electronic means to find and apply for grants. EPA anticipates making 10 awards, each in the range of $150,000 per year for three years through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. Applications must be received by June 22. To learn more about this request for applications, visit: or go to: For more information about the STAR grants program, visit: