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EPA Accepting proposals for Research on Endocrine Disruptors Using Computer Modeling

Release Date: 08/22/2003
Contact Information:

Suzanne Ackerman 202-564-7819/ackerman.suzanne@epa.gov

(08/22/03) EPA is accepting applications for research that proposes innovative approaches for using computing methods to identify hazards and assess risks from endocrine disrupting chemicals. The grants are being issued through EPA’s new Computational Toxicology Research Program, established to use computer models to mimic biological processes, such as the endocrine system, for research on the effects of chemicals on living organisms. Computer models can replace experimental work that would require years to complete, thus providing faster methods of identifying potentially toxic substances and reducing the use of animals in testing. EPA will also sponsor a workshop on Computational Toxicology in Research Triangle Park, N.C., on Sept. 29-30. Scientists from EPA, other federal agencies, academia and research organizations will present research related to computational toxicology. Online registration for a maximum of 150 participants will be available at the end of August. The deadline for submitting proposals for these research grants is Jan. 21, 2004. The grants will be awarded through EPA’s Science to Achieve Results program, which employs a competitive solicitation process and independent peer review. For more information on this request for applications, see: http://cfpub.sdc-moses.com/ncer/rfa/current/2003_comptox.html . For more information about the EPA Computational Toxicology Workshop, see: http://es.epa.gov/ncer/events/ .