Study in Progress

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Statement of Task

An ad hoc committee will review the EPA's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) competitive extramural research grants program. The committee will assess the program's scientific merit, benefits to the public, and overall contributions in the context of other relevant research. The committee will compare the benefits of the STAR program with the benefits of other scientific research grant programs. The committee will recommend ways to enhance the program's scientific merit, impact of its results, and other benefits.

The committee will also consider:

-- The conclusions and recommendations of the 2003 NRC review of the STAR program.

-- The STAR program's research priorities and contributions in light of the Nation's ongoing and emerging environmental challenges.

-- Effects of recent STAR funding trends on obtaining scientific information needed to protect public health and the environment and maintain America's leadership in environmental science and environmental health science.