The Triennial Strategic Research Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2024 (Plan) describes current research efforts and outlines CARB’s highest priority research needs for these fiscal years. The research initiatives in the Plan build on past research and will support the implementation and development of policies and regulations, and advance the state of the science in the areas of health, environmental justice, economics, air quality, and climate. In addition, the Plan also includes a starting point for operationalizing racial equity in CARB research, which will be developed further through a public engagement process. The research initiatives in the Plan were developed in an open public process, in consultation with stakeholders and research partners, through a public workshop on September 16, 2020, individual meetings, and other outreach efforts. The Plan and the annual projects were presented to the Board on March 25, 2021. The full Plan, as well as a 1-page summary, are available for download from this page (see below).
The research initiatives will guide CARB’s annual funding of individual research projects. Projects will be fulfilled through externally contracted research projects as well as in-house studies. Prior to each fiscal year, research staff present a set of proposed project concepts to the Board that align with the Plan’s research initiatives and help CARB fulfill its mission. Results from Board-approved annual projects are anticipated in three to five years after a project begins.
Projects for fiscal year 2021-22 and earlier
The projects proposed for funding in Fiscal Year 2021-22 are contained in Appendix A of the Plan and projects proposed for funding in the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 are contained in Appendix B. All active contracts and recently completed projects are in Appendices B and C respectively.
Projects for fiscal year 2022-23
Research staff will present the proposed projects for fiscal year 2022-2023 to the Board on January 27, 2022. More information on the public meeting, including the agenda, webcast and public comment docket are on the Board meetings website.
CARB is proposing to fund nine projects with a budget of $3.8 million. The project concept descriptions are provided as an addendum to the Plan and can be found in the documents list below. The public is invited to submit written comments to the Board’s public docket as well as oral comments at the public meeting.
Written comment period: December 17, 2021- January 14, 2022