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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.