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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeks sensors that can detect Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act Priority Pollutant

July 9, 2018

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA seeks sensors that can detect Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act Priority Pollutants with high accuracy and precision, in real time, at low cost. These sensors should either be easily portable or deployable in the field for unattended operation. They should supplement, extend, or improve on existing methods to comply with regulatory requirements, or should make it possible for non-regulated parties (e.g. nonprofit organizations, small businesses, members of the public) to monitor their environment.


One solicitation annually. The FY2018 Phase 1 Solicitation is open from October 31, 2017 to December 19, 2017: SBIR Funding Opportunities

For reference, the 2017 sensor topics were:

I. Air and Climate
Inexpensive Indoor Formaldehyde Sensor
Low-cost Sensor for Fugitive Methane Emissions

II. Toxic Chemicals
Technologies to Help Consumers Understand the Chemical Composition of Products

III. Land Revitilization

Remediation of PFAS-Contaminated Soil and Sediment

IV. Water
Simple Lead Test for Tap Water

Section I, D, Topic Code 1. (Page 10-11) Lab-on-a-chip sensors for organic pollutants in homes: Lab-on-a-chip sensors for very affordable, in-home, real-time, and continuous measurement and reporting of multiple (not single) organic contaminants at trace (parts per trillion) concentrations that can be easily deployed and results understood by the homeowner or resident.

1) Hand-Held Sensor for Carbon Dioxide

2) Handheld Microfluidic Device for Cyanobacteria Toxin Detection and Monitoring

3) Low-power, Small Form-factor Benzene Sensor for Mobile Devices-based Exposure Monitoring

4) Hand-held Portable Device to Detect VOCs in Water, Soil & Air Samples


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