EPA National Environmental Education and Training Program

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO). Note the matching requirements under the Award Information section below.

Program Summary

The purpose of this program is to provide environmental education training and long-term support to education professionals across the U.S. to enable them to effectively teach about environmental issues. Long-term support (e.g., the use of national guidelines that discuss what constitutes quality environmental education materials and what a student needs to know about the environment in grades K-12 to become environmentally literate) is as important as the training itself. Training and support must:

  • Provide for both formal and non-formal educators (e.g., classroom teachers and faculty at colleges and universities as well as educators in museums, nature centers and other non-formal venues);
  • Occur in both pre-service (e.g., for students and faculty in colleges of education) and in-service settings (e.g., for classroom teachers and other practicing educators); and
  • Reach geographically and culturally diverse audiences across the U.S. to the maximum extent possible.

The intermediate outcome is better trained educators and the long-term outcome is a more environmentally literate public. The more environmentally literate the public is, the better they are able to understand complex environmental issues and to make responsible decisions that minimize adverse impacts on the environment. This knowledge and understanding enables the public to take actions that prevent pollution and to become effective environmental stewards.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST April 6, 2020

Sponsor Application Deadline: 9:59pm MST May 29, 2020

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Summary (2-3 pages maximum): Please include the following: goals, objectives, and expected program outcomes; what the project will achieve in terms of proposed training and long-term support; why the need for this project; who the project will reach; how the project will achieves goals and outputs; and an evaluation plan.
  • Letter of Support (1 page maximum): The letter should be from a department chair, institute director, or dean and attest to the unit’s matching commitment to the project. Applicants must provide non-Federal matching funds, or in- kind contributions of at least 25% of the total cost of the project.
  • PI Curriculum Vitae
  • Budget Overview (1 page maximum): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/6479/home


Because of the broad and diverse nature of this program, EPA encourages eligible institutions to form a consortium to operate this program. Eligible institutions may be a member of a consortium in more than one application. However, such institutions may not apply as the sole applicant or as the lead institution in a consortium in more than one application.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Only one application per institution is allowed.

Award Information

Award Amount: $11,000,000

Expected Number of Awards: 1

Award Duration: 5 years

***Matching: Applicants must provide non-Federal matching funds, or in- kind contributions of at least 25% of the total cost of the project.***