Funding opportunity: Research and demonstration of innovative drinking water treatment technologies in small systems

(Nanowerk News) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing to conduct research necessary to identify, develop and demonstrate novel and innovative treatment technologies and approaches for small public drinking water systems.
Successful technologies should be robust, sustainable and be able to treat or mitigate groups of contaminants or contaminant precursors in drinking water sources and systems. EPA is seeking new, or innovative, modifications of existing treatment technologies that can perform significantly better than current technologies. These technologies may include those which are used to retrofit or augment existing treatment trains; treatment practices or technologies aimed at contaminant or contaminant precursor reduction in source waters; and technologies used within the distribution system including point-of-use (POU) devices. Identifying technologies that have the potential to be "game-changing" may involve considering national and international sources as well as considering input from those who have not traditionally participated in environmental conversations, including Minority Academic Institutions (MAIs).
Projects that foster partnerships and research and demonstration collaborations with small drinking water systems, state primacy agencies, and water centers/clusters are strongly encouraged under this solicitation. For purposes of this solicitation, water clusters/centers refer to regional technology innovation clusters that are geographic concentrations of interconnected firms (businesses, suppliers, and service providers) and supporting institutions (local government, business chambers, universities, investors, and others) that work together in an organized manner to promote economic growth and technological innovation. Please carefully review section IV. D. of this announcement before naming a for profit firm or individual consultant as a collaborator, partner or any other relationship involving the use of EPA funds to compensate the firm or individual.
Eligible applicants, including Minority Academic Institutions (MAIs) as defined in Section I.A of this solicitation, are strongly encouraged to apply for funding under this competition.
Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-G2011-STAR-G1
Solicitation Closing Date: August 25, 2011, 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time
Award Information
Anticipated Type of Award: Grant or cooperative agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: Approximately six awards. EPA expects to make at least two of these awards to Minority Academic Institutions, as defined below in Section I.A, which pass the peer review process described in Section V and successfully complete the award process.
Anticipated Funding Amount: Approximately $3 million total for all awards
Potential Funding per Award: Up to a total of $500,000, including direct and indirect costs, with a maximum duration of 4 years. Cost-sharing is not required. Proposals with budgets exceeding the total award limits will not be considered.
Eligibility Information
Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the U.S., state and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply. For profit organizations, including proprietary educational or research institutions, are ineligible. See full announcement for more details.
Source: EPA