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On our project, we worked with other scientists at the EPA in North Carolina who had a more public health-based approach to our project. I really enjoyed seeing how the two came together.”
— Corine W.
Employee Participant 2016-17

About the EPA Environmental Research and Business Support (ERBS) Program

Science at EPA provides the foundation for credible decision-making to safeguard human health and ecosystems from environmental pollutants. The Office of Research and Development (ORD) is the scientific research arm of EPA, whose leading-edge research helps provide the solid underpinning of science and technology for the Agency. ORD supports six research programs that identify the most pressing environmental health research needs with input from EPA offices, partners and stakeholders. 

  • Air, Climate, and Energy
  • Safe and Sustainable Water Resources
  • Sustainable and Healthy Communities
  • Chemical Safety for Sustainability
  • Human Health Risk Assessment
  • Homeland Security

For more information, visit Research at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Types of Projects

EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program projects may include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • computer science
  • ecology
  • engineering
  • epidemiology
  • ground water and ecosystem restoration
  • human resources
  • human exposure to chemical and microbial hazards
  • multimedia modeling for landscape, nutrient, and chemical stressors of ecosystems
  • nanotechnology
  • source/stressor formation
  • statistics
  • sustainability
  • toxicology
  • water quality stressors