Grants for Scientific Research - (Department of Energy) $60 Million
Sensing that shoes were a potential source of harm to the environment, some researchers used $10,000 in federal funds to help develop "footwear from renewable sources." This was just one of the many projects awarded funds through the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant program at the Environmental Protection Agency. The STAR program received more than $60 million in 2010, funding scientific and engineering research at academic and nonprofit institutions. However, this research replicates the billions of federal dollars for research throughout the university system. Eliminating STAR was a suggestion included in the Congressional Budget Office's August 2009 Budget Options document, which stated STAR's research on water quality, land use, and wildlife is similar to work done in other federal gencies." OMB also found that the program's coordination with other EPA offices and other agencies was inadequate to ensure that the agencies had access to research findings; [and] that the program had not shown "adequate progress toward achieving long-term goals."