Assistance to State Water Resources Research Institutes


To provide financial support to Water Resources Research Institutes located at designated State universities in each of the 50 States, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia for research, information transfer and student training on one or more aspects of priority water problems.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: U.S. Geological Survey
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Water Resources Research Act of 1984, Section 104, Public Law 98-242 as amended, 42 U.S.C. 10301 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
One University Water Research Institute is authorized in each State and other jurisdictions specified in Section 104. Other colleges and universities within a State are encouraged to participate in the program in cooperation with the designated institute.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Researchers at qualified universities and colleges in the State through the designated institute for the State.
Proposed Research and Information Transfer Program application responsive to instructions issued by the U.S. Geological Survey. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Formula Grant Program: Requires each Institute to collaborate with State interests in defining research priorities and to coordinate with other institutes in region to avoid duplication of effort. Competitive Grant Program: Requires that the Institutes collectively collaborate with the Geological Survey in setting research priorities. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program is subject to the provisions of 2 CFR Part 200 and Department of the Interior regulations 2 CFR Part 1402 and 43 CFR Part 12. Application form Standard Form (SF) 424 must be used. The application requirements as contained in the announcement package and the above regulations must be used for this program. Applications may be made only through the internet site
Award Procedure
Formula Grant Program: Geological Survey approves or rejects, in part or as a whole, the program submitted by each State institute. The State institutes are notified of any amendments necessary to obtain Geological Survey approval. Competitive Grant Program: Geological Survey conducts a formal review and selection procedure and approves or reject applications as a whole. Notification of an award is by receipt of a grant or cooperative agreement from a U.S. Geological Survey contracting officer through FedConnect (
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
90 days.
Formula Grant Program: Deficiencies noted by the Geological Survey can normally be corrected by the State institutes. Competitive Grant Program: None.
How are proposals selected?
Competitive Grant Program: Relevance to announced priorities, technical merit, prospects of attaining objectives in period specified and potential for student training.
How may assistance be used?
This program has two parts: a mandatory formula grant program and a competitive project grant program. The mandatory grant program provides the State institutes with funds to support a State and regional program of water resources research and information transfer. This may include basic or applied research, setting up conferences to discuss research needs or results, conduct of research, information dissemination, and training of students as a byproduct of research. In general the funds are used to study regional, State, or local water problems, but the results may often have national significance. The competitive project grant program supports research focused on water problems of a regional or interstate nature and which relate to program priorities identified jointly by the State institutes and the Geological Survey. Federal funds cannot be used for (1) formal instructional activities and general education, and (2) the cost of permanent buildings, either directly or indirectly.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Formula Grant Program: Each State institute makes an annual and final report on accomplishments with grant, including synopsis of research projects. Competitive Grant Program: Each institute makes an annual and final report on results of the award. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Annual and final SF 425 Federal Financial Report are required and must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Recipients are subject to the audit requirements of 2 CFR Part 200 Subpart F.
Directors of the State institutes are responsible for conduct of programs and maintaining books and records reflecting financial and technical transactions of the program. Records shall be retained and made available for audit for three years after submission of final financial report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 42 U.S.C. 10303(c) and (g). Amount to each State Water Research Institute under the formula grant is on a basis of one Federal share to not less than two nonfederal shares. Amount to each State Water Research Institute under the competitive grant is on a basis of one Federal share to not less than one nonfederal shares.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Formula Grant Program: Each State institute is on fiscal year basis. Competitive Grant Program: Assistance is provided for the period of the project award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payments are advanced at least quarterly upon application and consistent with Financial Plan submitted previously by institute for use of grant.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Earl Greene Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, Office of External Research, 5522 Research Park Drive,, Baltimore, Maryland 21228 Email: Phone: (443) 498-5505
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 14 $6,316,999; FY 15 est $6,300,000; and FY 16 est $6,300,000 - FY 14 $6,316,999; FY 15 est $6,300,000; FY16 est, $6,300,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
(Formula Grants) $92,335 to $277,005; average $95,755. (Competitive Grants) $140,162 to $249,949; average $212,950.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Rule, 30 CFR Part 401, 50 FR 27203, June 7, 1993; Geological Survey Request for Applications under the Water Resources Research Institute Grant Program (Section 104), Announcement 11HQPA0003, December 2012 at Applications under the Water Resources Research National Competitive Grant Program, Announcement No. G13AS200009, December, 2012 at
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.


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