NEWARK, NJ - Two teams of students from the New Jersey Institute of Technology were awarded $15,000 each in federal grants to help develop technologies for environmental and public health challenges.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the grantees for its People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grants today. The other team awarded the same grant came from Cornell University, an Ivy League school. 

“EPA’s P3 grants program supports the next generation of scientists and engineers,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a statement. “These students are able to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real-world environmental problems that require innovative solutions.”

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The first team from NJIT is developing a sustainable process based on reactive nanobubbles technology to mitigate harmful algal blooms. The other group of students is creating a device that will remove per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) from drinking water.

Cornell’s team is developing a pump that treats drinking water without using electricity.

“These students are applying science and cutting-edge technology to tackle important environmental threats to our lakes and the quality of our drinking water,” said EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez.

The P3 grant teams will compete by researching, developing and designing projects that address public health issues or sustainability. Teams in Phase I use the grants to fund the proof of concept for their projects.

Phase I recipients attend the TechConnect World Innovation Conference and expo in Boston in June to showcase their research. They can then apply for a Phase II grant for funding up to $100,000 to further their project’s design.

Learn more about each of the teams on the EPA’s website. is a member of the New Jersey Press Association and is a hyperlocal news site that serves residents, organizations and business owners of Denville, New Jersey.

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