With the new decade well under way, the United States Environmental Protection Agency is beginning to implement its plan for the 1990s. One goal outlined is the establishment of four new academic environmental centers to carry out fundamental research into burgeoning environmental problems.

Eight university centers have already been established since the program's inception in 1979, when the Office of Exploratory Research was also put in force to administer research grants and centers.

Applications should come from universities, or university consortia, that are in good standing with the federal government. EPA describes "university" as any state-accredited academic institution that "comprises more than one undergraduate college, confers baccalaureate degrees, and offers advanced degrees in more than one subject area."

Proposals most eagerly sought for funding are those for projects in which outstanding researchers address environmental issues that are considered most crucial among submitted applications. However, proposed projects cannot duplicate work that...

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