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EPA Announces Research Grants to 41 Student Teams in P3 Award Competition

New York, Oct 28, 2005

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded grants to student teams representing 41 universities in 21 states to research, develop and design sustainable solutions to environmental challenges, as part of the first phase of the P3 (People, Prosperity, and the Planet) Award design competition. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) joins more than 40 partners in the federal government, industry, and scientific and professional societies to provide support for the P3 program (

Student teams competed for $10,000 grants to research and develop their design projects during the academic year (2005-2006). In the second phase, the teams will take their designs to a national competition in Washington, DC, in May 2006 to vie for the P3 Award, which includes the possibility of additional funding up to $75,000 that gives the students an opportunity to further develop their designs for sustainability, implement their projects in the field, and move them to the marketplace. Areas of research range from solar power to stormwater management to biofuels, among many others.

Teams are strongly encouraged to develop partnerships within their educational institution and with industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government, and the scientific community for guidance, research and development, contributions, and implementation strategies. As a P3 partner, ANSI has developed an online "Standards Resource Guide" for use by the student design teams.

The EPA launched the P3 competition in 2004 to help achieve the mutual goals of economic prosperity, protection of the planet’s natural systems, and a higher quality of life for all. To learn more about the P3 program, visit

More information about the P3 winners and their projects can be found at

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