The University Record, September 17, 1997

DRDA Research Notes

EPA Solicits Grant Applications in Support of Science to Achieve Results Program

The EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) is announcing the first phase of its 1998 Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Grants Program. ORD is requesting applications in three areas: Exploratory Environmental Research (Environmental Biology, deadline: March 31; Human Health, deadline: Dec. 16; Environmental Chemistry, deadline: Dec. 16; Physics, deadline: March 12; Environmental Engineering, deadline: March 12); research into genetic and other influences on an individual's susceptibility to disease caused by pollution (Susceptibility to Environmentally-caused Disease, deadline: Feb. 12); and research that could be applied to provide indicators of global climate change (Indicators of Global Climate Change, deadline: Feb. 12). The EPA expects that approximately $13 million will be available under this initial phase of the STAR program. Subsequent announcements requesting grant applications in other areas of research are scheduled for September and October. Specific details for today's announcement can be found on the Internet at: The announcement also is available by contacting the National Center for Environmental Research and Quality Assurance at (800) 490-9194.


Environmental Education Grants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites applications under its Environmental Education Grants program, which supports projects that design, demonstrate or disseminate environmental education activities. Deadline: Nov. 15. For additional information, contact Paul Cunningham, 936-1289, or


Exploratory Research Fellowships

The Environmental Protection Agency is inviting fellowship applications under the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program for graduate environmental study. The program seeks to encourage promising students to obtain advanced degrees and pursue careers in environmentally related fields. Potential research areas include physical, biological and social sciences; mathematics and computer science; engineering; and environmental law. Deadline: Nov. 14. For additional information, contact Paul Cunningham, 936-1289, or The announcement also is available on the NCERQA homepage:


Managing Information with Rural America (MIRA)

MIRA is a grant-making initiative of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Food Systems/Rural Development program area. It seeks to draw upon the reservoirs of strength, tenacity, and civic commitment in rural communities and to help rural people use information systems and technologies as a tool to meet current and future challenges. Over the next four years, MIRA will provide annual grants for clusters of community teams, community support organizations and policy support organizations to work with electronic communications and information systems issues in rural America. For additional information, visit the W. K. Kellogg Web site:


Environmental Justice Community/University Partnership Grants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will invite applications later this year for higher education institutions to address local environmental concerns through formal partnerships with communities adversely and disproportionately affected by environmental hazards and related public health problems. Last year, the EPA gave priority to universities that focused on the design, methods and techniques to evaluate and solve with affected communities environmental issues of concern to them. Deadline: The solicitation will set the deadline, but applicants usually have about two months. For additional information, contact Paul Cunningham, 936-1289, or


Peaceful Applications of Nuclear Science

The Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project offers support for faculty research in peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology and the associated implications. This may include work in engineering and in the physical, biological, health and social sciences. Deadline: Oct. 10. For additional information, contact Helen Lum, 764-6214, or


Faculty Grants and Fellowships Program

The Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies invites applications for its 1997 Faculty Research Grants and Fellowships program. The primary objective is to assist promising junior faculty in establishing and sustaining an active program of research and scholarship or of creative activities in the arts. Consideration is also given to senior faculty who are entering a new line of inquiry. Guidelines and applications are available in 1004 Rackham, or by either calling 764-8221 or sending e-mail to: Deadline: Oct. 10 for grant funding to begin Jan. 1.


National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities is soliciting applications for teaching and learning programs that incorporate technology. The three types of technology-related proposals with an Oct. 1 deadline include Materials Grants, Curriculum Development and Demonstration Grants and Dissemination and Diffusion Grants. Contact: Adeline Ryznar, 936-1354.


U.S. Department of Education Programs

The Department of Education will fund its International Research and Studies Program (84.017A) for the purpose of improving instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, or other international fields. Deadline: Oct. 31.

The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program (84.021, awarded to institutions, not individuals) is designed to improve the study of modern foreign languages and area studies by providing training opportunities for faculty, teachers, and upperclassmen and/or graduate students in foreign countries where the U.S. has diplomatic representation. Deadline: Oct. 20.

The Business and International Education Program (84.153) is designed to promote understanding and economic enterprise through international education and training for U.S. business personnel, and to promote education and training activities that will enable the U.S. to prosper in an international economy. Contact Adeline Ryznar, 936-1354, for the three programs.