CARB Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Research Project Solicitation
The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) has identified its fiscal year 2021-22 priority research projects. The proposed projects support CARB’s regulatory priorities related to health, environmental justice, economics, air pollution, and climate change. A research budget of $4.2 million is anticipated to fund eight new projects and three white papers.
The selection of these projects was guided by the research initiatives outlined in the Proposed Triennial Strategic Research Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2024 (Plan), along with extensive coordination with other agencies, research institutions, stakeholders, and experts in these fields of research. Additional input was received at a virtual research roundtable that was hosted by CARB staff on September 16, 2020, which provided an opportunity for the public to provide input on emerging research topics that the Board should consider for funding, as well as on CARB’s engagement efforts.
These projects, along with the proposed Plan, were presented to the Board on March 25, 2021. The Board approved these projects, and staff have released a solicitation (see project list below). The solicitation includes detailed project descriptions and instructions on how to apply. In order to receive an email notification on solicitation updates and all other research planning activities, sign up for the Research Activities listserve here:https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/CARB/subscriber/new.
This year, CARB is hosting the solicitation on the Empower Innovation site to facilitate partnerships between university researchers and new research partners. CARB will also host a solicitation workshop on April 8, 2021 to further facilitate new partnerships and to provide a forum to discuss project objectives. Once winning proposals are identified, staff will work with the research teams to develop the research projects into complete proposals. The proposals will be reviewed by interested stakeholders and CARB's Research Screening Committee before they are fully executed. Results are anticipated in three to five years after a project commences.
Invitation to Virtual Workshops on CARB’s Research Solicitation
Join us to learn more about the projects included in CARB’s fiscal year 2021-2022 research solicitation
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff invites you to participate in two virtual workshops to learn more about the solicitation for research proposals for funding year 2021-2022. At these workshops, CARB staff will provide more details on the projects included in the solicitation and the expectations for submitted proposals. In an effort to diversify the perspectives and expertise applied to implement the projects included in the solicitation, we are hosting this year’s proposal solicitation on Empower Innovation. This website, developed by the California Energy Commission (CEC), provides a user-friendly platform for innovators, entrepreneurs, community members, and academic researchers to form partnerships on funded projects. An Empower Innovation representative will introduce the site and its features. The workshops will allow plenty of time to answer questions about each project and function as a networking opportunity to form potential researcher partnerships. Please register for the workshop time slot that works best for you.
Virtual Solicitation Workshop 1
DATE: April 8, 2021
TIME: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT
Virtual Solicitation Workshop 2
DATE: April 8, 2021
TIME: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. PDT
After registering for these meetings, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The webinar will be recorded and the slides will be posted on the CARB’s Research website.
Workshop slides are now available for download from this site. You can find it in the list of attachments at the bottom of this site.
Below is a list of the projects recently approved by the Board for funding in fiscal years 2021-2022.
- Pre-proposals must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5pm, May 7, 2021
- Separate due dates will be announced for Project 4
- Winning researchers will be notified on May 28, 2021
- Full proposals due to Research Program staff for review by 5pm on June 18, 2021
If your research team is interested in conducting any of these projects, please submit a pre-proposal to email@example.com by 5 p.m. on May 7, 2021.
Responses to this solicitation should include the following:
- A pre-proposal that does not exceed five-pages and discusses your proposed approach for conducting the research project.
- A curriculum vitae or statement of qualifications for all major scientists, community members and/or non-academic researchers who would be involved in the study (separate attachment, does not count toward 5-page limit of pre-proposal).
- A brief description of research that has been conducted or is currently underway by the applicant in areas related to this topic (it is preferable, but not required, that this include funding source and amount of research funds; separate attachment, does not count toward 5-page limit of pre-proposal).
- For projects that include an equity component and/or community engagement, it is required that research teams provide a cultural competency statement not to exceed one-page in length (separate attachment, does not count toward 5-page limit of pre-proposal).
- A preliminary budget using the Budget Form which can be found in the Solicitation letter attached to this website (separate attachment, does not count toward 5-page limit of pre-proposal).
Please carefully read the statement of work and scoring criteria information provided for each project to understand detailed requirements unique to each project.
List of Projects
Project 1: Expanding Health Analysis
Project 2: Updating the Science to Better Inform the Public on the Impacts and Mitigation of Short-Term Exposure Including Wildfire Smoke Events
Project 3: Improved Assessment and Tracking of Health Impacts for California Communities Most Burdened by Pollution
Project 4: Partnering on a Collaborative Community-Focused Research Path in the Imperial Valley
- Project page on Empower Innovation
- Detailed statement of work and scoring criteria (Coming soon, separate due dates will be announced)
Project 5: Summary and Update of Time Activity Pattern Data to Improve the Understanding of the Exposure to Air Pollution
Project 6: Demonstration of Sensor Technologies for On-Road and Off-Road Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicles
Project 7: Estimating Ambient Concentrations of PM2.5 Composition Using Satellite Remote Sensing to Refine Mitigation Strategies
Project 8: Understanding the Sources and Formation Regimes of Present-Day PM2.5 to Mitigate Particulate Pollution in California
Project 9: Opportunities to Address Past Inequity to Build Healthier, More Sustainable Communities
Project 10: Strategies to Improve the Alignment of Planned Transportation Investments with Climate and Equity Goals
Project 11: Pathways to Increasing California Freight System Efficiency – White Paper