Air Pollution and Climate Research Planning

This page last reviewed February 27, 2015

Annual Research Plan

The Annual Research Plan describes the research projects the Board will fund in the following fiscal year. The planning process, open solictation notice, and previous plan documents can be viewed on the Planning Process webpage.

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) is soliciting research ideas from the public for the development of the Fiscal Year 2016-17 Annual Research Plan. Research Ideas must be submitted through our external website at: and are due by March 31, 2015.

The 2015-2016 Annual Research Plan was approved by the Board at the December 18, 2014 Hearing.

Other ARB Research Plans and Programs

Strategic Plan

ARB's regulatory priorities for the next decade are detailed in the Strategic Plan for Research, April 2003 Update (1,511 KB PDF). The objective of the plan is to provide more focused direction for ARB's research program, provide findings in a timely fashion, and better leverage state funds. Implementing a Strategic Plan will help ensure that limited resources are used efficiently and that the research efforts will effectively serve the need of the ARB.

Vulnerable Populations Research Program

In addition to the Strategic and Annual Research Plans, ARB conducts vulnerable populations research. The overall goal of the Vulnerable Populations Research Program (VPRP) is to provide the scientific support, through research efforts, for ARB's regulatory and non-regulatory programs that aim to protect all California residents, including those subpopulations considered especially vulnerable, from the adverse effects of air pollution. The major objectives of the VPRP are to identify susceptible subpopulations, to quantify the degree to which their health is compromised, and to characterize their exposure to air pollutants. The ARB has released the VPRP 2003 Progress Report and Research Plan which presents ARB's past and current activities and priorities for future activities in the implementation of this Program. For more information about the VPRP, contact Dr. Barbara Weller at (916) 324-4816.

Innovative Clean Air Technologies

The Board sponsors a program called the Innovative Clean Air Technologies (ICAT) program that co-funds the demonstration of innovative technologies that can reduce air pollution.


The Board-appointed Research Screening Committee (RSC) oversees the ARB’s extramural research program.

The Scientific Review Panel (SRP) is charged with evaluating the risk assessments of substances proposed for identification as toxic air contaminants. 

For more information about Air Pollution Research, contact Annalisa Schilla at (916) 322-8514 .