We’re excited to announce that we’re now accepting applications for the TRI University Challenge!
EPA is challenging the academic community to find creative ways to use TRI data to promote more informed decision-making and action on the part of communities, manufacturers, and government.
As a TRI stakeholder, we know that you understand the importance of increased access to and understanding of TRI data. We hope that you’ll help us spread the word about the Challenge by forwarding this email to your friends and professional contacts in academia.
Both students and professors are eligible to submit project ideas ranging from one semester to multi-year research or coursework as long as the projects increase the knowledge, use, and understanding of TRI data and other related information. Priority will be given to projects related to one or more of the following topics:
- Pollution Prevention & Sustainability: Promote the use of TRI as a sustainable development tool and the adoption of pollution prevention (P2) technologies.
- Stakeholder Engagement: Cultivate relationships among stakeholder groups and improve the communication of TRI-related information.
- Technology and Data Mashups: Investigate the use of new technologies or analytic methods to integrate TRI data with other datasets to unlock the broader potential of TRI data.
- Environmental Education: Explore replicable ways to integrate TRI information into college classrooms.
Institutions whose project proposals are selected will serve as TRI University Challenge partners. Partners will receive direct support from EPA TRI staff experts, and, depending on the outcome of their project, may receive national recognition for their project as well as speaking opportunities at conferences and events. Applicants that are not prepared to submit project ideas this spring are encouraged to submit project proposals during the next open application period.
Sample project ideas, evaluation criteria, and application materials are posted on the TRI University Challenge website: www.epa.gov/tri/university/.
Interested parties should join the TRI University Challenge staff and other TRI experts for one of two upcoming informational webinars that will allow applicants to learn more about the Challenge and ask questions about getting involved.
- Tuesday, April 9 at 2:00 p.m. EST – register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/
- Wednesday, April 17 at 2:00 p.m. EST – register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/
*Please note that it is not necessary to attend both webinars as they both feature the same content.
Applications must be submitted electronically to Scott.Zachary@epa.gov by 5 p.m. on May 13, 2013 to be considered. Applicants will be contacted regarding their application status in by June 14, 2013.
For questions not answered during the webinars, please contact Zachary Scott at Scott.Zachary@epa.gov.