October 25, 2011

EPA P3 Competition Open!

EPA's P3 – People, Prosperity, and the Planet—Program is a unique college competition for designing solutions for a sustainable future. P3 offers students quality hands-on experience that brings their classroom learning to life. The EPA considers projects that address challenges from a wide range of categories: agriculture, built environment, materials and chemicals, energy, and water.

The P3 Award competition is a two-phase team contest. In the first phase, interdisciplinary student teams compete for $15,000 grants. Recipients use the money to research and develop their design projects during the academic year.

In the spring, all teams submit their reports and proposals, and then bring their projects to Washington, DC for judging by a panel of experts convened by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Judging takes place at the annual National Sustainable Design Expo on the National Mall.

Scores from the reports, proposals and the presentations on the Mall are combined into a final overall score for each P3 team. Based on these scores, the AAAS judges recommend to EPA which teams should receive the EPA P3 Award and the opportunity for Phase II funding - a $90,000 grant for real world application.

Applications will be accepted through Dec. 22, 2011.

For more information and guidelines, please visit the P3 website or contact your SPO Proposal Manager

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