TSRTPToxic Substances Research and Teaching Program
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In the following sections we summarize the data on the economic impact of the TSRTP in each of the three ways the program benefitted the state's economy and the solution of toxic substance problems--by contributing new technological knowledge, by generating employment opportunities and new businesses, and by innovations that apply the technology to commercially viable products.
TSRTP has helped develop within California the technical expertise and knowledge needed for both the public and private sectors to address the long-term economic, environmental, and public health challenges posed by toxic substances.
A primary indicator of the central role of the program for recruiting students to the toxics field is responses to a question about how much impact the funding received from the TSRTP had on the subsequent development of their careers.
More interesting is the similar role that TSRTP funding had on the faculty.
The faculty credited the TSRTP with broad impact on changing their research and teaching.
The strongest measure available from our survey of the economic impact of the TSRTP is the extent to which trainees have secured further research and development grants or contracts.
Faculty at research universities are always in the business of obtaining grants, and participants in the TSRTP program are no exception.
In 1985-1988, TSRTP funded a theoretical and bench scale study at UC Berkeley of the use of steam injection to recover solvents from contaminated soil and shallow aquifers.
The TSRTP helped stimulate economic development by providing recognizable credentials for employment in various areas of expertise in toxicology and environmental engineering as these fields emerged in economic importance.
TSRTP itself was established as a result of the state government's recognition that toxic substances posed an important problem for the continued economic development and environmental integrity of the state.
As shown in Table 3, former TSRTP trainees currently work in academia (46%), private industry (36%), and the public sector (15%).
At the time of the follow-up survey, an additional 4 businesses were started, for a total of 23 new businesses coming from TSRTP graduates.