Do you have an idea for a cutting-edge technology that could protect the environment while growing the economy? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering college professors and their students an opportunity to turn ideas into reality through its P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) grants competition. EPA’s P3 is a student design competition for sustainability that is now in its third year. Previous P3 winners have already taken their innovations to the next level – including starting successful businesses, winning additional awards, and providing environmental solutions to developing countries.
The P3 request for ideas will be open from August 15 to December 21, 2006 deadline. Interdisciplinary student teams will compete for $10,000 grants to research and develop their design projects during the 2007-2008 academic year. EPA expects to award approximately 100 new grants from the eligible applications in the summer of 2007.
Then, in spring 2008, all P3 grant recipients will be invited to Washington, D.C., to compete for the P3 Award. The National Academies, advisors to the nation on science, engineering, and medicine, convene a panel to evaluate and recommend the winners of additional funding (up to $75,000) to further develop the design, implement the project in the field, and move it to the marketplace. The judges look for design innovation and technical merit along with relevant social, economic and environmental considerations that are key to sustainable designs. Approximately six P3 Award winners will be chosen by the EPA.
The P3 competition is open to teams of students attending colleges, universities and other post-secondary educational institutions. Interdisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged, including representatives from multiple engineering departments and/or departments of chemistry, architecture, industrial design, economics, policy, social sciences, business, etc. Collaboration and partnerships with colleges and universities outside the United States are permitted, but only U.S. educational institutions are eligible to apply.