The Legislature created the Board’s research program in 1971 and identified it as an integral part of an effective air pollution control program. With the mandate as its foundation, the program encompasses all aspects of air pollution. CARB’s research program continues to play an important role in meeting the challenges of increasingly stringent federal air quality standards and long-term climate goals, and serves as the foundation for effective regulatory decisions. The program sponsors fundamental air pollution and climate studies, supports the development of new and innovative pollution-reduction strategies, and evaluates ongoing programs and regulatory efforts. To assist the Board in managing a technically sound research program, the Legislature created the Research Screening Committee to oversee the program. CARB’s scientific technical staff serve as contract managers and closely monitor and manage the work performed by outside contractors.
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You can help CARB set the research priorities for the next few years through our open solicitation portal. Anyone can submit ideas at any time. Learn more about what CARB is looking for on our ideas website.