**Some programs are limited. Please read solicitations carefully and consult your Office of Research for specifics, such as limited applications through your university and internal application deadlines.**

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications for research that will address how measurable attributes of water quality improvements can be valued, either directly or through indicators. This research should focus on national level studies and/or valuation for underrepresented water body types and regions, improvements to water quality indices, and environmental justice valuation.

Across the United States, the beneficial impacts of healthy waterbodies can be surprisingly far-reaching. These benefits include recreational uses, such as swimming, boating, and wildlife viewing, as well as increased property values and reduced drinking water treatment costs. Quantifying these benefits supports national, state, tribal, and local water quality decision-making. However, there are several gaps in existing research on the value of water quality improvements in many areas of the U.S., the benefits of improvements to coastal areas, and how water quality changes impact underserved communities.

The goal of this request for applications is to advance knowledge of how changes in water quality can be valued at appropriate spatial scales using advanced valuation methods. The research should help public and private decision makers and stakeholders at the state and local levels, by quantifying the behavioral and socioeconomic consequences of water quality regulations and related policy options across a full range of ecological and economic endpoints.

There are three distinct areas of research covered by this solicitation. EPA encourages applicants to focus on only one research area so that applications have the detail necessary to fully address one research area.

• Research Area 1: National Level Studies and/or Valuation for Underrepresented Water Body Types and Regions.
• Research Area 2: Improving Water Quality Indices (WQIs)
• Research Area 3: Environmental Justice Valuation: Physical Characteristics and Geography

Application Deadline: January 26, 2022

For information on eligibility and how to apply, visit: https://www.epa.gov/research-grants/water-quality-benefits-request-applications-rfa