Eliminate the Science To Achieve Results Program

  • Potential 10 Year Savings: $650 Million
  • Sponsor: Rep. Ben Quayle
  • Legislation:
  • Status: Introduced

The Environmental Protection Agency's Science to Achieve Results program (STAR) funds scientific and engineering research grants to researchers and academic nonprofit institutions. The $60 million annual program also provides graduate fellowships in environmental sciences in the form of $37,000 yearly for living expenses, research and tuition assistance to masters and doctoral students. Subject matters of the research focus on policy priorities of the EPA, including technologies whose commercial application would be of limited appeal without imposing federal regulations like "cap and trade" systems restricting carbon emissions from stationary sources such as electrical power plants. Development of potentially uneconomic technologies helps the agency implement a heavy-handed regulatory agenda. Moreover, prior assessments of the program by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) have concluded that some of the funded research is duplicative of research carried out by other federal agencies.