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About the Office of Research and Development (ORD)

What We Do

Science at EPA provides the foundation for credible decision-making to safeguard human health and ecosystems from environmental pollutants. The Office of Research and Development (ORD) is the scientific research arm of EPA, whose leading-edge research helps provide the solid underpinning of science and technology for the Agency.

ORD supports six research programs that identify the most pressing environmental health research needs with input from EPA offices, partners and stakeholders. Strategic Research Action Plans outline the research under way in the programs. The research is conducted by ORD’s three national laboratories, four national centers, and two offices located in 14 facilities across the country and in Washington, D.C.

Science to Protect Public Health and the Environment--EPA Research Program Overview 2016-2019

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Dr. Robert Kavlock, Acting Assistant Administrator for Office of Research and Development, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science

Chris Robbins, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Management

Mary Ellen Radzikowski, Acting Associate Assistant Administrator 

ORD’s research programs:

ORD’s laboratories, centers and offices:

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