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EPA Evaluation of Antimicrobial Resistance in Wastewater and Sewage Sludge Treatment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications to address knowledge gaps in the occurrence, fate and transport, and persistence of antimicrobial resistant organisms and genes found in municipal wastewater effluent and biosolids.

Ensuring safe and sustainable water is one of EPA’s top priorities. Antibiotic resistant organisms, which can make it harder to treat certain infections in animals and people, has become an increasingly prioritized global health problem in recent years. The World Health Organization has identified antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as one of the greatest threats to human health, and natural and engineered water environments have increasingly been shown to play significant roles in AMR evolution and spread.

Research is needed to fill knowledge gaps to better identify and manage AMR risks.

The RFA is encouraging applicants to focus on one of the below research areas but will still allow applicants to include aspects of both research areas in their applications:

  1. Understanding the selection and removal of antimicrobial resistant genes and bacteria throughout wastewater and biosolids treatment trains.

  2. Understanding the environmental burden and public health impact of antimicrobial resistant genes and bacteria from different municipal wastewater sources on downstream applications and from biosolid use on the environment.

Applicants are also asked to consider current AMR standardization efforts and justify methods chosen based on their study objectives so that data and results are transferrable and generalizable.

To view the full details of the request for applications and information on how to apply, click here.

Application Deadline 8/16/23

Grant Management Associates has years of experience with opportunities like this one. Contact us today for a consultation.

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