Molecular Structure/Function of Organisms Degrading Contaminants

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Molecular Structure/Function of Organisms Degrading Contaminants: This RFA is fully titled MOLECULAR ASSESSMENT OF THE STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION OF ECOLOGICAL POPULATIONS IN THE SEQUESTRATION/DEGRADATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINANTS and is within the mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to promote research that will ultimately reduce the burden of human illness and dysfunction from environmental causes. Complementary to this mission are the goals of the national Superfund Program, established by Congress in 1980 to: identify uncontrolled hazardous wastes; characterize the impacts of hazardous waste sites and emergency releases on the surrounding environment (i.e. communities, ecological systems, and ambient air, soil, water); and, institute control or remediation approaches to minimize risk from exposure to these contaminants. In 1986, six years after the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) was enacted, Congress authorized NIEHS to implement a university-based program of basic research and training grants. The intent was to improve the ability to identify, assess, and evaluate the potential health effects of exposure to hazardous waste and to develop innovative chemical, physical and biological technologies for remediating sites contaminated by hazardous substances. The assignment of this Program, the Hazardous Substances Research and Training program [Superfund Basic Research Program (SBRP)], to the NIEHS underscored an emphasis on human health effects assessment, evaluation and prevention. However, NIEHS was provided latitude to support non-traditional NIH research areas such as fate and transport and remediation strategies for environmental contaminants. NIEHS has implemented this program by supporting coordinated multiproject, multidisciplinary university-based programs that link biomedical research with related engineering, hydrogeologic and ecologic research. A component of this multidisciplinary approach has been basic research focused on the mechanistic basis for chemical degradation and sequestration by microbial as well as other biological systems and exploiting this knowledge to develop improved bioremediation strategies for hazardous substances that limit and/or prevent exposure. The research supported by the SBRP has been successful in applying cutting edge molecular research tools to advance our understanding of biological processes involved in the degradation and sequestration of hazardous chemicals ( For example innovative approaches applying microarray technology have been used to begin to understand how microbial populations respond to chemicals in environmental media. This initiative is designed to encourage the research community to apply molecular approaches to assess the structure and function of ecological populations involved in the sequestration and degradation of environmental contaminants. These populations could include microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi, nematodes, aquatic organisms, plants, or any other ecological population that could be used for bioremediation purposes. There have been remarkable advancements in the development of molecular tools over the past few years, and there is an ever-growing use of these molecular approaches to advance bioremediation strategies. However, this is a rapidly evolving area of research. Therefore, it is the intent of this solicitation to support exploratory or developmental research grants in this area. This RFA will make use of the NIH R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant mechanism which is ideally suited to foster the introduction of novel scientific ideas, methods, model systems, tools or technologies that have the potential to substantially advance bioremediation practices.
Federal Grant Title: Molecular Structure/Function of Organisms Degrading Contaminants
Federal Agency Name: National Institutes of Health
Grant Categories: Health Education Environment
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: RFA-ES-03-005
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 93.11393.115
CFDA Descriptions: Biological Response to Environmental Health Hazards 93.115 Biometry and Risk Estimation_Health Risks from Environmental Exposures
Current Application Deadline: No deadline provided
Original Application Deadline: Apr 16, 2003
Posted Date: Feb 13, 2003
Creation Date: May 16, 2003
Archive Date: May 16, 2003
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Cost Sharing or Matching: 93.143 -- NIEHS Superfund Hazardous Substances_Basic Research and Education
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