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ASSESSING THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIETAL BENEFITS OF SRP-FUNDED RESEARCH
Suk, W.A., M.L. Heacock, B.A. Trottier, S.M. Amolegbe, M.D. Avakian, H.F. Henry, D.J. Carlin, and L.G. Reed.
Environmental Health Perspectives 126(6):065002(2018)

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Basic Research and Training Program (SRP) funds a wide range of transdisciplinary research projects, supporting and promoting the application of that research to solving real-world problems. Economic and societal benefits of SRP-funded research are illuminated in five case studies focused on the use of remediation and site monitoring tools: (1) phytoremediation with hybrid poplar and cypress trees; (2) vadose-zone characterization technology; (3) activated carbon to clean up contaminated sediment; (4) steam-enhanced extraction; and (5) bioremediation of MTBE. The analysis identifies added societal benefits of the program, such as creation of small businesses, land and water reuse, sustainable technologies, exposure reduction, and university-industry partnerships. The successes and challenges involved in translating SRP grantee research findings and advances into application are also discussed. https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/ehp3534/



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