By Keith Laing - 03/07/11 08:43 PM EST
The universities will consider whether living in certain communities increases susceptibility to respiratory problems stemming from air pollution.
Each school will start a "Clean Air Research Center," EPA assistant administrator for research and development Paul Anastas said in a statement announcing the funding.
“These centers are critical to understanding how to improve air quality and protect Americans’ health from complex mixtures of air pollutants,” Anastas said. “The centers will focus on important scientific questions remaining in air research.”
Information on the grants can be found here.