The EPA is seeking to award projects that support research to reduce human PFAS exposure via the food supply and promote farm viability. The research will provide scientific foundations to advance EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment through the collection of PFAS bioaccumulation data in agricultural settings and exploring strategies for preventing PFAS exposure.
EPA is soliciting novel research that proposes innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to better understand PFAS uptake in plants and animals in agricultural environments. PFAS mitigation and contamination prevention strategies should also be an aspect of the research.
The proposed research should further the knowledge of PFAS bioaccumulation in agriculture within the scope of mitigating PFAS exposure from the food supply. It’s strongly recommended that applicants develop research proposals that may produce results that can be translated into real-world applications and utilized in future decision-making. Strong research proposals should leverage any existing scientific research regarding PFAS plant and animal uptake in agricultural operations and incorporate approaches to understand PFAS accumulation in agricultural environments. The development of different agricultural PFAS management perspectives and outlooks should also be a facet of the proposed research.
The research should also address at least one of the research area categories listed below.
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For details about expected outputs and outcomes, see: https://www.epa.gov/system/files/documents/2023-10/fy23-star-epa-usda-pfas-rfa-october-2023-final.pdf#page=6
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