Interventions and Communication Strategies to Reduce Health Risks of Wildland Fire Smoke Exposures Request for Applications

Opportunity Type: Funding

Background:
EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research that will address behavioral, technical and practical aspects of interventions and communication strategies to reduce exposures and/or health risks of wildland fire smoke.

Exposure to high levels of air pollution, such as during wildland fire smoke events, has the potential to cause serious health problems. Populations differ in their vulnerability to high air pollution events, and each person’s health impact is dependent on their personal exposure and any underlying health conditions. To improve individual and public health, this RFA will seek to understand what actions might be effective for reducing adverse health outcomes of ambient and indoor exposures to wildland fire smoke, and how best to communicate these actions to various groups.

Applications should address at least one of the following Research Areas:

  1.  Assess the effectiveness of various types of interventions in reducing exposures and associated health risks of wildland fire smoke exposure at the individual or community level; and 
  2. Develop and assess the effectiveness of health risk communication strategies in supporting actions to reduce wildland fire smoke exposure.

The STAR Program’s goal is to stimulate and support scientific and engineering research that advances EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment. It is a competitive, peer-reviewed, extramural research program that provides access to the nation’s best scientists and engineers in academic and other nonprofit research institutions. STAR funds research on the environmental and public health effects of air quality, environmental changes, water quality and quantity, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and pesticides.

This RFA is also supported by EPA’s Air and Energy research program, which supports research needed to inform decisions regarding air quality to protect public health and the environment.