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Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, and Agencies for Research Studies Addressing PFAS Exposure in Humans

Research for Understanding PFAS Uptake and Bioaccumulation in Plant and Animals in Agricultural, Rural, and Tribal Communities


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Funding Source
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
CFDA Number: 66.509
Funding or PIN Number: EPA-G2023-STAR-J1
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/06/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations and institutions, IHEs, hospitals, and local, state, and Tribal governments for research studies addressing PFAS exposure. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to mitigate the impacts of PFAS contamination and protect public health.

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.

Research Area Categories:

  • PFAS contamination and bioaccumulation through biosolid agricultural use and approaches to ensure biosolid application does not contribute to PFAS soil concentration.
  • PFAS contamination and bioaccumulation in livestock (including aquaculture) from feed and water.
  • PFAS contamination and bioaccumulation through the utilization of irrigation water, possibly including recycled municipal wastewater or water from effluent dominated waterbodies.
  • Potentially substantial PFAS contamination in pre-harvest agricultural operations through previously unidentified or lesser-known sources.
  • PFAS contamination and bioaccumulation in whole-food webs, wildlife and game, and culturally sensitive plants as it relates to Tribal agricultural settings and communities.

For details about expected outputs and outcomes, see:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, public and private institutions of higher education (IHEs), and hospitals located in the U.S. and its territories or possessions; state and local governments; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply.

EPA strongly encourages all eligible applicants identified in Section III, including minority serving institutions (MSIs), to apply under this opportunity.

Profit-making firms and individuals are not eligible to apply.

Foreign governments, international organizations, and non-governmental international organizations/institutions are not eligible to apply.

National laboratories funded by Federal Agencies (Federally-Funded Research and Development Centers, “FFRDCs”) may not apply. FFRDC employees may cooperate or collaborate with eligible applicants within the limits imposed by applicable legislation and regulations.

Federal Agencies may not apply. Federal employees are not eligible to serve in a principal leadership role on an assistance agreement.

Pre-Application Information
- Solicitation Opening Date: October 6, 2023
- Solicitation Closing Date: December 6, 2023: 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time

Registration requirements:
1. (System for Award Management) Registration Instructions: Organizations applying
to this funding opportunity must have an active registration. If you have never done
business with the Federal Government, you will need to register your organization in (
2. Registration Instructions: Once your account is active, you must register in will electronically receive your organization information, such as eBusiness (EBiz) point of contact email address and UEI. Organizations applying to this funding opportunity must have an active registration.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
The EPA anticipates funding approximately five awards.

Estimated Size of Grant
Requests for amounts in excess of a total of $1,600,000 per award, including direct and indirect costs, will not be considered.

Term of Contract
The total project period requested in an application submitted for this RFA may not exceed four years.

Contact Information
Technical Contact: Donald Brooks; phone: 202-564-0846; email:

Eligibility Contact: Ron Josephson; phone: 202-564-7823; email:

Electronic Submissions Contact:

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