External Opportunity: Transformation of Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Found in Soil and Groundwater at AFFF-Impacted Sites

External Opportunity Program: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)

Program Area: Environmental Restoration

Objective of Proposed Work:

The objective of this Statement of Need (SON) is to develop an improved understanding of transformation processes for polyfluoroalkyl substances (aka “precursors”) in the subsurface at aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF)-impacted sites. Specific research areas of interest include:

  • Identification of microbiological and/or abiotic processes and pathways capable of either transforming or degrading AFFF-relevant precursors.
  • Evaluation of relevant environmental factors that affect transformation rates such as subsurface geochemistry, soil chemical/physical properties, nutrient availability, etc.
  • Development of methodologies and/or molecular biological tools (MBTs) to assess or predict the extent and rate of in situ transformation under ambient field conditions.

Proposals may address one or more of the objectives listed above. Research and development activities at laboratory-, bench-, and field-scale will be considered. Work does not necessarily have to culminate in a field-scale effort.

To learn more: https://www.serdp-estcp.org/Funding-Opportunities/SERDP-Solicitations/Core-SONs/ERSON-23-C1-Transformation-of-Polyfluoroalkyl-Substancs-Found-in-Soil-and-Groundwater-at-AFFF-Impacted-Sites