Research Comment Portal
CARB Accepts Research Concepts and Comments from the Public
Thank you for your interest in the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Research Program. CARB has kicked off the research planning process for FY 22-23 with a call for research concepts from the public, which was administered through a survey. The concept collection effort is an important part of CARB’s engagement with the public to inform program priorities. This year we changed the way we collected research concepts. Please see a detailed explanation below:
Each year, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Research Program funds a set of research projects that are responsive to CARB programmatic goals as well as emerging air quality and climate issues. The yearly process begins with a call for project concepts from the public. These concepts are collected and categorized by topic and then prioritized based on their alignment with CARB program needs. The top concepts are developed into projects which, if approved by the executive office and the Board, are then developed further for public release and proposal solicitations. Applicants who submit the top proposals are then awarded contracts to perform their proposed research. From initial concept collection, to contract kickoff takes approximately one and a half years.
It is important to note that the Research Program operates on a very limited budget. Although the Research Program receives around 200 concepts each year, only a small fraction become full proposals partly due to budget limitations. All projects that are funded will need to align with program needs. In the interest of greater transparency and in consideration of collecting information from a wider audience, CARB is changing how it solicits research concepts from the public. Academic and community researchers may still submit 300-word project concepts. Note that project concepts are more likely to be developed into full projects if they’re in alignment with research priorities as outlined in the Triennial Strategic Research Plan. For non-researchers, concerned residents and community members, we will be expanding the process to collect air quality and climate concerns. This information will be important for identifying community concerns and steering the research projects toward specific topics in future.
In order to address questions or comments regarding this research concept and comment submission process, we hosted a virtual public meeting on June 16, 2021, 4-6pm. At the public meeting, CARB staff provided an overview of the annual research planning process and addressed any questions regarding the research concept and comment survey. The slides are available below.
The next step in the process is to prioritize project concepts and comments received from the public and from CARB staff based on prioritization criteria.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) held a public meeting on Wednesday, September 22, 4-6 P.M., to discuss research priorities for CARB to fund in fiscal year 2022-2023. The purpose of the meeting was to provide a discussion forum for the public on research priorities under consideration for funding in fiscal year 2022-2023. In addition, staff provided an update on input CARB received from the public call for research concepts and comments that closed on July 16, 2021. Slides and recordings in English and Spanish are available below.
4:00 to 4:05 PM: Introductions
4:05 to 4:20 PM: CARB Research Program Overview
4:20 to 4:40 PM: Mobile Sources Research
4:40 to 5:00 PM: Air Quality Research
5:00 to 5:20 PM: Climate, Sustainable Communities, and Economics Research
5:20 to 5:40 PM: Health Research
5:40 to 6:00 PM: Environmental Justice Research
Note: Due to technical difficulties, the original streamed presentation did not archive properly. Please excuse the lapse between slides 12 and 16 of the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Research Priorities Meeting.
To view these slides, open the attachment found below.
In addition, the closed captioning text is currently under review.
Versión en español
Nota: Debido a dificultades técnicas, la presentación original transmitida no se archivó correctamente. Disculpe el lapso entre las diapositivas 12 y 16 de la Reunión de prioridades de investigación del año fiscal 2022-2023.
Para ver estas diapositivas, abra el archivo adjunto que se encuentra en la parte inferior de esta página web. Además, el texto de los subtítulos cerrados se encuentra actualmente en revisión.
To submit written comments on research priorities for CARB to fund in fiscal year 2022-2023, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 1, 2021. A summary of all comments received at the meeting and via email will be summarized in a new appendix in an updated version of the 2021-2024 Triennial Strategic Research Plan that will be available on February 1, 2022.
You may contact us directly at email@example.com. If you would like to receive updates and notices for public meetings by email, subscribe to our listserve and select the “Research Planning” option from the list of topics.