The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through its National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) is seeking grant applications to conduct exploratory environmental research in areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Health, Socioeconomics, and Engineering which are not covered in the specific RFAs described above. Investigator-initiated research projects which focus on aspects of pollution identification, characterization, abatement, or control or the effects of pollutants on human and biological systems are sought. The mission of EPA is to provide environmental policies, risk assessments, pollution prevention programs, and effective regulations based on sound science. NCER is committed to providing the best possible products in areas of research and engineering technology through significant support for long-term research that anticipates future environmental problems and strives to fill significant gaps in knowledge relevant to meeting regulatory goals and protecting the environment. In part, these goals may be accomplished through this competitive, peer reviewed extramural program in which investigator-initiated projects in basic or fundamental research can forge solutions to environmental problems and EPA can benefit from close cooperation with the scientific community. Funding Up to $6 million is expected to be available in fiscal year 1996 for new exploratory research grants. The projected award range is $75,000-$125,000/year for up to 3 years. �