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ORD has restructured its research programs to better understand environmental problems and inform sustainable solutions to meet EPA’s strategic goals. The restructured research programs comprise six program areas: Air, Climate, and Energy; Safe and Sustainable Water Resources; Sustainable and Healthy Communities; Chemical Safety for Sustainability; Human Health Risk Assessment; and Homeland Security.
ORD requested that the SAB work jointly with the BOSC in 2011 to provide early advice on ORD strategic research directions. In response, the SAB and BOSC held a joint public meeting on June 29-30, 2011 (76 FR 32198-32199) and a public teleconference on September 19, 2011 (76 FR 54463) to develop a report, Office of Research and Development (ORD) New Strategic Research Directions: A Joint Report of the Science Advisory Board (SAB) and ORD Board of Scientific Councilors (BOSC), EPA-SAB-12-001. After receiving this advisory report, ORD requested SAB and BOSC additional advice on ORD’s research implementation plans, efforts to strengthen program integration; and efforts to strengthen and measure innovation.