BRAG Biobased Products Blog:April 3, 2020
EPA Requests SAB And SAB Standing Committee Nominations
On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is now accepting nominations of scientific experts to be considered for appointment to its Science Advisory Board (SAB) and four SAB standing committees. EPA is seeking candidates from a wide range of disciplines including analytical chemistry, forestry, modeling, toxicology, and benefit-cost analysis, among many others. The four SAB standing committees seeking experts are:
The Agricultural Science Committee (ASC) – It provides advice to the chartered SAB on matters that have been determined to have a significant direct impact on farming and agriculture-related industries;
The Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC) – It provides advice through the chartered SAB regarding selected toxicological reviews of environmental chemicals;
The Drinking Water Committee (DWC) – It provides advice on the scientific and technical aspects of EPA’s national drinking water program; and
The Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC) – It provides advice on radiation protection, radiation science, and radiation risk assessment.
Nominations will be accepted until May 1, 2020.
DOE EERE Looking For Volunteers To Pilot EPIC Application Submissions
On March 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced its intention to replace eXCHANGE for a new system for funding opportunity announcements (FOA) and application submissions. Starting in Fiscal Year 2021, parties interested in responding to EERE’s opportunities will use the EERE Program Information Center (EPIC). As DOE EERE transitions into EPIC, it is currently looking for volunteers to test the new system and provide feedback. Pilot testing will be from May through June 2020.
Interested parties will have a chance to register early and experience EPIC and how the submission process is changing. According to EERE, the most prominent change to the registration process is that parties must register before their individual applicant accounts can be created. The pilot is open to any organization. Volunteers will be asked to register in EPIC and submit a test application. Training videos will be available, and volunteers will be asked to provide feedback on the new system. Two roles are needed to register for the pilot: (1) the organization’s Government Business Point of Contact (from www.sam.gov), and (2) Technical Points of Contact, such as Principle Investigators or individuals who prepare, review, or submits applications for FOAs.
Organizations interested in volunteering for the pilot test should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1, 2020. Further details are available here. Participation is limited and volunteers will be selected on a first-come-first-serve basis.