Children's Environmental Health Research

EPA’s children’s environmental health research is conducted in-house, with our federal partners like NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Services (NIEHS), and by external researchers through a research grants program administered through the agency’s Office of Research & Development. 

EPA/NIEHS Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers

Children are likely to be more vulnerable than adults to the effects of environmental contaminants. To better understand the effects of these exposures on children's health, the EPA/NIEHS Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers ("Children's Centers") were established to explore ways to reduce children's health risks from environmental factors. The program is jointly funded by EPA through the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants program, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

Understanding exposures in children’s environments

EPA is conducting important research to provide a better understanding of the chemical sources, pathways and routes of exposure, and other exposure factors that contribute most to children’s exposures to chemicals. EPA scientists are considering several factors in this research, including the influence of everyday environments, normal behaviors, and normal consumer product use in homes. Understanding these factors is necessary to inform key strategies for reducing children’s exposures to potentially harmful elements.

EPA’s Virtual Embryo Project (v-Embryo™): A computational framework for developmental toxicity

The purpose of the Virtual Embryo Project is to develop prediction techniques to improve our understanding of how environmental influences may impact unborn children.