products, and services that are sustainable and safer for public health and the environment.
• Organizational collaborations, within EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) and among EPA offices, other agencies, and other domestic and foreign institutions that could facilitate EPA’s ability to anticipate, identify, and respond to new environmental challenges.
• New informatics approaches to collecting, storing, and sharing data; new techniques of measurement, computation, modeling, monitoring, and analysis; and new methods of synthesizing and integrating information across disciplines.
• New methods to measure the costs and benefits of environmental regulation and to anticipate future risk, the perception of that risk (especially before it is well understood), and the response to that risk.
• Improvements to, or further development of, decision-support tools to assist in evaluation of regulatory alternatives, taking into account relevant regulatory decision-making goals and relevant physical, chemical, biological, engineering, and social sciences.
• Approaches to more effectively deal with the inherent tensions among research, risk assessment, and regulatory timeframes.
• Scientific tools and analytic frameworks, including systems-based, trans-disciplinary, and community-based approaches, to address future regulatory challenges, including examples of potential applications of these tools.
• EPA’s scientific capabilities (from both a financial and human resource perspective) to successfully deal with the future.
• Other sources of scientific information external to the agency.