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> Funding Opportunities
Applicant Assistance Program for Developing Innovative Technology Ideas.
The National Institutes of Health has initiated an Applicant Assistance Program (AAP) for current/future entrepreneurs developing innovative technology
ideas who would like assistance in developing a competitive small business grant application to NIH. One of the goals of the AAP is to increase participation
in the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program by businesses that are owned or controlled by individuals who are traditionally underrepresented
in the biomedical sciences. Therefore, NIH is particularly interested in applications from socially/economically disadvantaged small businesses (SDB),
women-owned small business (WOSB), and small businesses located in under-represented states. Technologies must be aligned with the with topic areas of NIH
Institutes/Centers, including National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences SBIR programs which funds SBIR grants in a variety of areas including
exposure assessment tools, assays for toxicity screening, education materials for environmental health science, and remediation/detection technologies
for contaminated sites. Please visit the AAP website for upcoming deadlines and points of contact: https://sbir.cancer.gov/programseducatio ...
Request for Applications for Virtual Consortium for Translational/Transdisciplinary Environmental Research (ViCTER).
zthe National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) released a Request for Applications for RFA-ES-18-007 Virtual Consortium for Translational/Transdisciplinary
Environmental Research which promotes early-stage transdisciplinary collaborations and/or translational research efforts among fundamental (technology
and mechanism oriented), clinical (patient-oriented) and population-based researchers in the environmental health field. The RFA calls for newly established
collaborative teams to investigate potential linkages between human health and one or more environmental stressor(s). The ViCTER program is intended to
support innovative high-risk, high-reward cross-disciplinary and/or translational research projects that are more difficult to achieve in a typical NIH
R01 application. Collaboration among investigators at different institutions through a virtual consortium arrangement are encouraged. Letters of intent
are due November 1st and applications are due December 1st, 2020. Please contact Heather Henry (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
> Upcoming Live Internet Seminars
ITRC Groundwater Statistics for Environmental Project Managers - November 5, 2020, 1:00PM-3:15PM EST (18:00-20:15 GMT). Statistical techniques may
be used throughout the process of cleaning up contaminated groundwater. It is challenging for practitioners, who are not experts in statistics, to interpret
and use statistical techniques. ITRC developed the Technical and Regulatory Web-based Guidance on Groundwater Statistics and Monitoring Compliance (GSMC-1,
2013) and this associated training specifically for environmental project managers who review or use statistical calculations for reports, who make recommendations
or decisions based on statistics, or who need to demonstrate compliance for groundwater projects. The training class will encourage and support project managers
and others who are not statisticians to: use the ITRC Technical and Regulatory Web-based Guidance on Groundwater Statistics and Monitoring Compliance (GSMC-1,
2013) to make better decisions for projects; apply key aspects of the statistical approach to groundwater data; and answer common questions on background,
compliance, trend analysis, and monitoring optimization. ITRC's Technical and Regulatory Web-based Guidance on Groundwater Statistics and Monitoring
Compliance (GSMC-1, 2013) and this associated training bring clarity to the planning, implementation, and communication of groundwater statistical methods
and should lead to greater confidence and transparency in the use of groundwater statistics for site management. For more information and to register, see http://www.itrcweb.org
Superfund Research Program Progress in Research Webinar Parts 3 & 4 - November 9 & 19, 2020. The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) Progress in Research
webinar series highlights promising research from SRP Centers awarded grants in 2020. In each of the four sessions, awardees will describe their research
projects, accomplishments, and next steps. Part 1 featured awardees from the Harvard School of Public Health, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill,
and University of Arizona describing their research projects, accomplishments, and next steps. Part 2 featured awardees from the University of Kentucky,
Oregon State University, and Baylor College of Medicine. Part 3 will feature awardees from Northeastern University and University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Part 4 will feature awardees from North Carolina State University, University of Iowa, and Louisiana State University. Parts 1 and 2 are archived at https://clu-in.org/live/archive/.
For more information and to register for Parts 3 and 4, see https://clu-in.org/live.
ITRC Geospatial Analysis for Optimization at Environmental Sites - November 17, 2020, 1:00PM-3:15PM EST (18:00-20:15 GMT). The purpose of ITRC's Geospatial
Analysis for Optimization at Environmental Sites (GRO-1) guidance document and this associated training is to explain, educate, and train state regulators
and other practitioners in understanding and using geospatial analyses to evaluate optimization opportunities at environmental sites. With the ITRC GRO-1
web-based guidance document and this associated training class, project managers will be able to: evaluate available data and site needs to determine if geospatial
analyses are appropriate for a given site; for a project and specific life-cycle stage, identify optimization questions where geospatial methods can contribute
to better decision making; for a project and optimization question(s), select appropriate geospatial method(s) and software using the geospatial analysis
work flow, tables and flow charts in the guidance document; with geospatial analyses results (note: some geospatial analyses may be performed by the project
manager, but many geospatial analyses will be performed by technical experts), explain what the results mean and appropriately apply in decision making;
and use the project manager's tool box, interactive flow charts for choosing geospatial methods and review checklist to use geospatial analyses confidently
in decision making. For more information and to register, see http://www.itrcweb.org or https://clu-in.org/live.
FRTR at 30 Years: A Retrospective of Applied Innovative Technologies for Successful Site Remediation - November 18, 2020, 1:00PM-3:30PM EST (18:00-20:30
GMT). The Fall 2020 Meeting of the Federal Remediation Technologies Roundtable (FRTR) will be held as a webinar session on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2020. As always,
FRTR meetings are open to the public. FRTR's objectives for this meeting are to: provide a retrospective on 30 years of interagency collaboration, technology
transfer and advocacy by FRTR to advance technology innovation for site remediation; and highlight current FRTR initiatives in technology transfer and applied
innovative technology that are contributing to successful site remediation. For more information and to register, see https://clu-in.org/live.
SERDP ESTCP Abiotic Degradation of Chlorinated Solvents in Subsurface Environments - November 19, 2020, 12:00 PM EST (17:00 GMT). Join SERDP and ESTCP on
Thursday, November 19th for a webinar featuring DoD-funded research efforts to measure and enhance abiotic natural attenuation (ANA) under in situ conditions.
First, Dr. Paul Tratnyek of the Oregon Health & Science University will present his work developing three core concepts for characterizing ANA and in situ chemical
reduction more broadly. He will also summarize efforts to date to further the first two concepts. Second, Dr. Michelle Scherer of the University of Iowa will
summarize efforts to evaluate factors controlling ANA of chlorinated solvents by magnetite and clay minerals. For more information and to register, see https://serdp-estcp.org/Tools-and-Traini ...
ITRC Optimizing Injection Strategies and In situ Remediation Performance - December 1, 2020, 1:00PM-3:15PM EST (18:00-20:15 GMT). ITRC developed the
guidance: Optimizing Injection Strategies and In Situ Remediation Performance (OIS-ISRP-1) and this associated training course to identify challenges
that may impede or limit remedy effectiveness and discuss the potential optimization strategies, and specific actions that can be pursued, to improve the
performance of in situ remediation by: refining and evaluating remedial design site characterization data; selecting the correct amendment; choosing delivery
methods for site-specific conditions; creating design specifications; conducting performance evaluations, and optimizing underperforming in situ remedies.
The target audience for this guidance and training course is: environmental consultants, responsible parties, federal and state regulators, as well as community
and tribal stakeholders. This training will support users in efficiently and confidently applying the guidance at their remediation sites. An optimization
case study is shared to illustrate the use of the associated guidance document. For more information and to register, see https://www.itrcweb.org or https://clu-in.org/live.
Highlight from the CLU-IN Seminar Archives. Each edition of TechDirect highlights a previously recorded internet seminar from our archives that may be
of interest to our readers. We welcome your feedback on this addition to TechDirect…[TBD from Jean]
> New Documents and Web Resources
ITRC Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) and Risk Communication Fact Sheets. ITRC's PFAS Team has released 12 updated and new fact sheets - 11 PFAS
fact sheets and one risk communication toolkit fact sheet. The PFAS Team developed the short fact sheets with updated content to replace the older, longer fact
sheets. For more detailed information, users of the fact sheets will also want to access the newly updated PFAS Technical and Regulatory Guidance Document.
View or download at https://pfas-1.itrcweb.org/fact-sheets/.
ITRC Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM-2) Update Document. The ISM-2 web-based document describes the principles and the approaches needed to ensure
representative, reproducible, and defensible data during soil sampling. ISM involves planning, sample collection, and laboratory processing and analysis
to provide a representative sample with results that more accurately reflect the mean concentration of the area of interest than discrete samples. The ISM
document provides you the key principles regarding sampling and sampling error and how ISM reduces those errors to have more confidence in sampling results.
View and use at https://ism-2.itrcweb.org.
Superfund Research Program (SRP) Research Brief 310: New Tool Monitors a Flame Retardant in Sediment. Researchers at the University of California, Davis
(UC Davis) SRP Center developed a new, inexpensive tool to reliably detect small amounts of tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) in environmental samples. TBBPA
is a flame retardant commonly found in household dust, soil, water, sewage, sludge, and sediments. Traditional approaches to measure TBBPA in the environment
are complex and expensive. Led by Bruce Hammock, Ph.D., the UC Davis SRP Center team developed a new detection technology as a simple and effective alternative.
The approach builds on decades of research in the Hammock lab developing immunoassays to detect hazardous chemicals in the environment. Immunoassays use
proteins called antibodies to bind to a chemical of interest and indicate the presence and concentration of the chemical. Labels on the antibodies are used
to detect this binding. View more information at https://tools.niehs.nih.gov/srp/research ...
Technology Innovation News Survey Corner. The Technology Innovation News Survey contains market/commercialization information; reports on demonstrations,
feasibility studies and research; and other news relevant to the hazardous waste community interested in technology development. Recent issues, complete
archives, and subscription information is available at https://clu-in.org/products/tins/. The following resources were included in recent issues:
• Final Year 1 Semiannual Report for the Site Investigation for Monitored Natural Attenuation Pilot Study Site 45 Former Building 200 Wash Rack Disposal
Pit Volume 1 of 3 NAS Jacksonville FL
• PFAS Degradation and Mass Removal Using Thermally-Enhanced Persulfate Oxidation Followed by Pump-and-Treat
• Evaluating the Long-Term Ecological Responses to Riparian Ecosystem Restoration at the Fort Benning, Georgia Military Installation
New State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners Website.
The State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners (SCRD) can now be found online on the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials
(ASTSWMO) website at http://astswmo.org/state-coalition-for-r ... SCRD was established in 1998, with
support from the U.S. EPA Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation. The Coalition includes states with established drycleaner remediation
programs (member states) and states without drycleaner-specific remediation programs but who are involved in the remediation of drycleaner sites under
other authorities (represented states). Any state or agency that has an interest in drycleaner remediation is welcome to attend SCRD’s quarterly calls. Interested
parties may contact the current chair, Steve Teel, Washington State Department of Ecology (email@example.com).
EUGRIS Corner. New Documents on EUGRIS, the platform for European contaminated soil and water information. More than 7 resources, events, projects and
news items were added to EUGRIS in October 2020. These can be viewed at http://www.eugris.info/whatsnew.asp . Then select the appropriate month and year for
the updates in which you are interested.
> Conferences and Symposia
2020 SERDP and ESTCP Symposium, November 30-December 4, 2020. The Symposium will continue as a virtual conference in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The SERDP and ESTCP Symposium is the nation's largest conference focusing on the Department of Defense's priority environmental and installation energy
issues. The Symposium brings together environmental and energy researchers and technology developers with the defense end-user and regulatory communities
to showcase cutting edge environmental technologies and ideas. The 2020 Symposium will offer 16 technical sessions, a number of short courses, more than 450
technical poster presentations, exhibitors from funding and partnering organizations, and a variety of networking opportunities for the more than 1,000
attendees. For more information and to register, see https://web.cvent.com/event/a0cfb891-60f ...
Brownfields 2021 will now be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from September 27-30, 2021. The goal of the National Brownfields Training Conference is to provide
a networking and learning environment for the brownfields community. We are working to ensure that the venue and travel arrangements will be as safe and healthy
as possible so conference attendees can continue to experience the valuable in-person education and networking opportunities that have defined the brownfields
conference since 1996. Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and having these considerations in mind, Brownfields 2021 will be rescheduled
from its current April dates. Brownfields 2021 will now be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from September 27-30, 2021. For more information, see https://brownfields2021.org/2020/09/brow ...
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may visit this area for news of upcoming events that might be of interest. It allows users to search events by location, topic, time period, etc.