Office of Science Policy (OSP)

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The Office of Science Policy (OSP) in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Research and Development (ORD) integrates and communicates scientific information generated by or for ORD's laboratories and centers, as well as ORD's expert advice on the use of scientific information. EPA and the scientific community at large use this information to ensure that EPA's decisions and environmental policies are informed by sound science. The EPA seeks opportunities to transfer federal technologies into the marketplace, and collaborate on environmental research and development projects with outside entities, such as industry, consortia, academia, trade associations, and state and local agencies. The Federal Technology Transfer Act (FTTA) provides a mechanism for these cooperative research and development partnerships. Through the FTTA program, federal agencies can conduct joint research with non-federal partners and protect intellectual property that may be developed. The alliance that is formed through the FTTA program supports and improves U.S. competitive positions worldwide, helps remove barriers to collaboration, and encourages cooperative research and development with the goal of commercialization. EPA FTTA program partners benefit from cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) by tapping into EPA's resources and knowledge base to conduct joint research and technology commercialization. Other benefits include:
  • Access to EPA laboratory facilities. By entering into CRADAs, non-federal partners can conduct research in EPA's scientific facilities;
  • Collaboration with EPA scientists and engineers to work on cutting-edge research projects;
  • Opportunities for licensing patented technologies and bringing new technologies to the marketplace.

There are also many benefits of cooperative research and development to the public at large, including:

  • Research projects that lead to better protection of human health and the environment;
  • Government research reaches the marketplace;
  • Collaboration enhances the quality of products;
  • New environmental technology reaches the field quickly.


EPA functions as both a scientific and regulatory agency in the United States. Research conducted under ORD provides the basis for the formulation of environmental policies and programs. OSP plays a vital role by providing expert advice and evaluation on the use of scientific knowledge and science policy to support sound science in the Agency. OSP accomplishes this mission by leading efforts in science integration, coordination and communication across ORD, and between ORD and the Agency's programs, regions, and external parties. Science Integration by developing unified ORD positions on the use of science in regulations and policies, managing the ORD research planning process, and coordinating the implementation of Agency-wide science policies. Science Coordination by bringing ORD and the ten EPA Regions together to address critical science issues, leading the Agency-wide effort to ensure that ORD's research program addresses the Agency's priorities, and facilitating access to scientists in ORD laboratories and centers for input in agency regulations and policies. Science Communication by representing ORD to Tribal, state, and local communities, and sponsoring external and internal colloquia, workshops, and scientific meetings on topical science issues. The unique role of OSP has resulted in an ORD-wide focus on meeting the needs of ORD's internal and external customers to enhance the use of sound science in the Agency.

Technology Disciplines

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Adaptive real-time contaminant detection and early warning for drinking water distribution systems
Anaerobic Digester System for Animal Waste Stabilization and Biogas Recovery
Anaerobic Digester System for Animal Waste Stabilization and Biogas Recovery
Anaerobic Digester System for Animal Waste Stabilization and Biogas Recovery
Artifact Free Inert Filter Medium for Collection of Organic Particles
Biological filter for oxidizing ammonia in drinking water treatment
Biomass concentrator reactor
Compositions and Methods for Removing Mercury from Mercury-Containing Fluids
Contaminant adsorption and oxidation via the Fenton reaction
Contraceptives Based on SP22 and SP22 Antibodies



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