Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP) for IdahoEPA Grant Number: R827683E01
Title: Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP) for Idaho
Investigators: Crawford, Ronald L.
Institution: University of Idaho
EPA Project Officer: Hunt, Sherri
Project Period: August 15, 1999 through August 14, 2002
Project Amount: $39,352
RFA: EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) (1998) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: EPSCoR (The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research)
Idaho's Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP) aimed to improve research competitiveness of Idaho researchers by identifying and developing research capabilities in areas where Idaho universities have a critical mass of talented faculty and to give these faculty sufficient financial and infrastructure support so that they may compete successfully for federal research dollars and attain national stature in their disciplines. The chosen area for this project was drinking water quality, specifically related to contamination of water by pathogenic bacteria and arsenic.
Specific efforts were aimed at recruiting graduate students from national pools of outstanding candidates, recruiting women and minorities for Idaho's science and engineering programs, and rewarding nationally competitive faculty with incentives to encourage them to remain in Idaho. The Idaho SIP was implemented by developing researchers paired with nationally competitive senior investigators as mentors, by expanding interactions with regional federal research facilities and other universities and through recruitment of outstanding graduate students.
Developing specifically targeted S&E research capabilities will simultaneously improve S&E education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and provide trained professionals for the nation's environmental industries. We expect improvements in the numbers of proposals written and funded, papers published in peer-reviewed journals, outstanding graduate students recruited; graduate degrees awarded, and participation of women and minorities in Idaho S&E activities.
Improvements in Risk Assessment or Risk Management: The specific research planned in relation to this SIP will provide technology to protect citizens against the present reality and dangers of chronic arsenic poisoning and will improve our ability to estimate the level of contamination of drinking water supplies by pathogenic microorganisms.