• [ November 7, 2013 ]
  • Funding Opportunity: P3 Awards – A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the P3-People, Prosperity and the Planet Award Program, is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. The P3 Award program was developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of improved quality of life for its people, economic prosperity and protection of the planet — people, prosperity, and the planet – the three pillars of sustainability. The EPA offers the P3 competition in order to respond to the technical needs of the world while moving towards the goal of sustainability.

Please see the P3 website for more details about this program.

This solicitation provides the opportunity for the submission of applications for projects that may involve human subjects research.

Award Information:

Anticipated Type of Award: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: Approximately 40 awards for Phase I; Approximately 6 awards for Phase II.
Anticipated Funding Amount: Approximately $1,050,000 total for all Phase I & II grant awards.
Potential Funding per Award: Up to $15,000 per Phase I grant including direct and indirect costs.  Proposals for Phase I grants must be for only one year. Proposals for Phase I grants requesting an award of more than $15,000 will not be considered.

Upon the successful completion of Phase I, grant recipients will have the opportunity to apply for a P3 Phase II grant of up to $75,000 total for two years including direct and indirect costs (see Background section for more information).  Proposals for Phase II grants requesting an award of more than $75,000 will not be considered.

Cost-sharing is not required for either Phase I or Phase II grants.

Eligibility Information:

Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (limited to degree-granting public institutions of higher education) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (limited to degree-granting private institutions of higher education) located in the U.S. (includes U.S. territories and possessions) are eligible to apply to be the recipient of a grant to support teams of undergraduate and/or graduate students. Profit-making firms are not eligible to receive assistance agreements from the EPA under this program.

Agency Contacts:

Eligibility Contact: Ron Josephson (; phone: 703-308-0442
Electronic Submissions: Todd Peterson (; phone: 703-308-7224
Technical Contact: Cynthia L. Nolt-Helms (; phone: 703-347-8102 AND
Gregory Lank (; phone: 703-347-8128

For more information, visit the solicitation’s webpage here.



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