EPA Requests Applications, Provides Webinar on Food Waste Research

28 Dec 2021

EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research to develop, apply and test innovative and creative community-engaged approaches to reducing household food waste in the United States. 

Food waste is a global environmental, social and economic challenge. When food is wasted, the resources used to produce it – water, energy, fertilizers – and transport it are wasted as well. Reducing food waste significantly contributes to the prevention and reduction of air, water and land pollution and helps combat climate change. 

Applicants should propose a research project that addresses at least one of the following research areas on reducing household food waste: 

  • Changing the U.S. food environment to discourage waste by consumers. 
  • Strengthening consumers’ motivation, opportunity and ability to reduce food waste. 
  • Leveraging and applying research findings and technology to support consumers in food waste reduction. 

Projects submitted under this request should build upon existing research where available and include partnerships with state, local, community or private sector entities where possible. Research should examine how the food waste reduction strategies or methods could be implemented on community and larger scales. 

For information on eligibility, project specifications, or how to apply, visit: Research to Reduce Consumer Food Waste in the United States Request for Applications (RFA).

EPA will also be hosting an informational webinar for applicants on Thursday, January 6, from 2 – 3 p.m. ET.

You can register here.