EPA Challenges Academic Community to Innovate with Toxics Release Inventory (TRI)


Source: EPA
Related Topics: TRI
The TRI Program is pleased to announce that the application period for the 2016 TRI University Challenge is now open!

EPA is challenging the academic community to find innovative ways to use TRI data to promote more informed decision-making and action on the part of communities, manufacturers, and government.

Both students and professors are eligible to submit project ideas ranging from one semester to multi-year research projects or coursework. The goal is to increase the knowledge, use, and understanding of TRI data, related information, and how this information can be used to advance environmental and public health protection. In reviewing proposals, we're prioritizing projects that focus on:
  • Promoting Broader Use of TRI Data by Academics and Other External Users
  • Using TRI to Measure Program Effectiveness
Institutions whose project proposals are selected will serve as 2016 TRI University Challenge partners. Partners will receive direct non-monetary support from EPA's TRI staff experts, and, depending on the outcome of their project, may receive national recognition for their project as well as speaking opportunities at conferences and events.

Sample project ideas and evaluation criteria are posted on the 2016 TRI University Challenge website.

Informational Webinar

Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, February 24 at 12:00 p.m. EST to learn more and ask questions about getting involved and how to submit an application. For those that can’t attend, a recording will be posted on the Challenge website. For questions not answered during the webinar, please contact Caitlin Briere at

Application Deadline

You can submit your TRI University Challenge applications to between now and no later than Sunday, March 27, 2016. Applicants will be contacted regarding their application status in May of 2016. 

Please help us spread the word about the Challenge by forwarding this email to your friends and professional contacts in academia who are interested in finding ways to advance public health and environmental protection by using the TRI data.

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