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Air Quality Research Subcommittee Report

The Air Quality Research Subcommittee (AQRS) is one of seven subcommittees under the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. The Committee on Environment and Natural Resources is charged with improving coordination among federal agencies involved in environmental and natural resources research and development, establishing a strong information-transfer link between science and policy, and developing a federal environmental and natural resources research and development strategy that responds to national and international issues. 

AQRS has issued a comprehensive report entitled, A Multiyear Federal Research Plan for Particulate Matter Within the Context of the National Research Council's Committee on Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter's Report IV. In this new report, AQRS evaluates particulate matter research being conducted or planned across the federal government against the findings and recommendations of a 2004 report done by the National Research Council. The new report:

  • identifies 10 topic areas;
  • establishes research milestones for major agency-specific research contributions;
  • establishes a process for periodic progress review and refinement; and
  • identifies organizational roles and responsibilities in coordinating cross-agency research.

The report also identifies areas where additional research attention will be beneficial.

For more information about NIFA air quality program, see the National Research Initiative Air Quality Funding Opportunity Web page.


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