The National Institutes for the Environment

December 7, 1992


To improve the scientific basis for making decisions on environmental issues.

  • Increase scientific understanding of environmental issues by supporting credible, problem-focused interdisciplinary research.

  • Enhance decision making by comprehensive assessment of current environmental knowledge.

  • Enlarge access to environmental information, and better communicate scientific and technological results.

  • Strengthen capacity to address environmental issues by sponsoring higher education and training in the environmental sciences.

Guiding Principles
  • Science and information mission only; no regulatory or resource management role.

  • Commitment to problem-focused, interdisciplinary research to address strategic issues concerning environmental resources, systems, and sustainability.

  • Research to complement programs of existing federal agencies.

  • Extramural and competitive funding of peer-reviewed grants and contracts.

  • Representation of governmental, academic, business, and other non-governmental sectors in determining needs, and cooperation among these sectors in research, education and training.

  • Cooperation with international research and training agencies and organizations to assist in taking a comprehensive approach to cross-national and global environmental issues.

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