EPA does away with grants for foreign researchers

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Again shirking its role as an international collaborator on environmental issues, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is doing away with grants and research opportunities for nonU.S. citizens and permanent residents. In the past, the EPA has offered paid roles to foreign fellows through agreements with cooperative organizations like the National Academy of Sciences. Between 2006 and 2017, 107 of the 166 fellows working at EPA laboratories under agreement with the National Academy of Sciences were neither U.S. citizens nor permanent residents. Though the EPA says it will continue to fill these positions, the move sends a troubling message as to how the agency values global partnerships in helping solve important environmental issues.


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