The Environmental Protection Agency is tapping into the youth's innovation and creativity in finding solutions to environmental challenges through the agency's People, Prosperity and the Planet competition.
The agency plans to award up to $1.25 million in grants that enable teams of college students to research, develop and design scientific and technical solutions to sustainability challenges that protect the environment while achieving continued economic prosperity.
EPA will award as many as 50 grants up to $10,000 each to student teams.
The money will be used to research and develop sustainable solutions during the 2007-08 academic year.
In spring 2008, the teams will be invited to bring their designs to Washington, D.C. to compete for EPA's P3 Award, which includes an additional award worth up to $75,000 to further develop and implement the project in the field.
The competition will be judged by the National Academy of Engineering for design innovation and technical merit along with relevant social, economic and environmental considerations that are the keys to sustainable designs.
Proposals must reach EPA by Dec. 21, 2006.