SECURE Water Act - Research Agreements


To fund research activities that are designed to conserve water resources, increase the efficiency of the use of water resources, and/or enhance the management of water resources, including increasing the use of renewable energy in the management and delivery of water.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Reclamation, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 Information not available. Climate change, environmental, and other research in support of water management in the western United States.
Fiscal Year 2018 Information not available.
Fiscal Year 2019 Information not available.
Fiscal Year 2020 Information not available.
Section 9504(b) and Section 9509, Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, (Public Law 111-11).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
In accordance with P.L. 111-11, Section 9504(b), eligible applicants include any: university, nonprofit research institution, or other organization with water or power delivery authority. In accordance with P.L. 111-11, Section 9509, there are no restrictions on the type of organization eligibility.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The general public; agricultural, municipal and industrial water users; irrigation or water districts; and state governmental entities with water or power delivery authority.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Environmental compliance for this program may be required depending on the scope of the specific project funded. This may result in the need for an environmental impact assessment or environmental impact statement prior to the commencement of project activities.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Funding announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on
Award Procedure
For competitive awards: Proposals received in response to the Announcement are reviewed on the basis of a competitive, merit-based review process, and are rated in accordance with the evaluation criteria stated in the Announcement. Reclamation will make awards to the highest rated proposals based on the amount of funding available each year. For single-source awards, a Notice of Intent to Award is announced on providing the justification for the noncompetitive research award.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each specific project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on and may be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation personnel listed as the point of contact in the funding announcement.
None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Reclamation will provide all applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.
Projects may generally be renewed on an annual basis, not to exceed a total of 5 years. If renewals or extensions are applicable to the project, this information will be included in the funding opportunity announcement. When renewals or extensions are applicable, continuation of funding for these activities is at the discretion of Congress and will be subject to availability of appropriated funds.
How are proposals selected?
Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on
How may assistance be used?
Specific use restrictions are identified within specific program announcements available on
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Projects are generally awarded for 1 to 5 years. Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Jeremy Black
Bureau of Reclamation, Acquisition and Assistance Management Division, Mail Code 84-27850, P.O. Box 25007, Denver Federal Center
Denver, CO 80225 US
Phone: (303)445-2490
Fax: (303)445-6344
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 18$3,850,788.00; FY 19 est $3,000,000.00; FY 20 est $3,000,000.00; FY 17$3,466,553.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $36,000 - $420,000 Average: $105,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200 UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS, COST PRINCIPLES, AND AUDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR FEDERAL AWARDS and the applicable OMB Circulars. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 Information not available. Paleoflood Hydrology of the Colorado River System, Development of Novel Photobiological Process to Improve Water Management, and Improved Estimation of Reservoir Estimation.
Fiscal Year 2019 Long Term Assessment of Dams Suffering from Alkali Aggregate Correctiong Streamflow Biases in Watershed Hydrology Simulations Application of Enzyme Induced Carbonate Precipitation


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