Snow Water Supply Forecasting


To fund activities to improve the skill of water supply forecasts via enhancing snow monitoring through the deployment of emerging technologies to complement existing monitoring techniques and networks.

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 2024 Expecting to award $15 million in FY2024 to projects that include deployment of emerging snow monitoring technologies to enhance water supply forecasting.
Section 1111, Title XI of Pub. L. 116-260, Title Snow Water Supply Forecasting Program Authorization Act, Public Law 116-260
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
In accordance with P.L. 116-260, Section 1111(e), paragraph (4), Program partners with whom the Secretary enters into cooperative agreements pursuant to paragraph (5) may include water districts, irrigation districts, water associations, universities, State agencies, other Federal agencies, private sector entities, non-governmental organizations, and other entities, as determined by the Secretary.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
The application process involves two phases. In Phase I, applicants submit a complete application which includes, but is not limited to required federal forms, budget proposal, technical proposal, and other required/optional elements per the final NOFO listing. Reclamation's application review committee will select set of highly qualified applications from Phase I to move to Phase II of the application process. Submission to Phase I is required for Phase II consideration. Phase II will entail a virtual (web meeting) project/proposal pitch presentation to a review panel, followed by question and answer with the review panel. Those selected for Phase II pitch presentations will be notified of presentation requirements at that time. The review panel will score all presentations against the evaluation criteria specified in the NOFO listing and make a recommendation on projects for funding.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. See application submission section the NOFO listing.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. See selection criteria in the NOFO listing.
Award Procedure
Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit on an annual basis Program Performance Reports. Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final Program Performance Report; and other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
Not applicable.
Terms for renewal and/or extension will be specified in the agreement developed for each project selected for funding.
How are proposals selected?
See federal award administration section of the NOFO listing.
How may assistance be used?
Snow monitoring, water supply forecasting, technology development
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Per P.L. 116-260, Section 1111 (d)(3), Reclamation and partner agencies developed a report to Congress on emerging snow monitoring technologies. The final report is available here: Emerging Technologies in Snow (
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary_rating.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Projects may be awarded for 1 to 5 years. Depending on funding availability, project funding may be phased. Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Chris Frans
Denver Federal Center
PO BOX 25007
Denver, CO 80225 USA
Phone: 303-445-3021
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 est $15,000,000.00; FY 21$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards are anticipated to range from $150,000 to $800,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Matching Requirements are voluntary and part of the rating criteria. Maximum points for the relevant criterion will awarded to proposals with 50% or greater project matching funds.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2023 Potential projects may include deployment of emerging snow monitoring technologies and/or the use of data from those technologies to enhance the skill of water supply forecasts (e.g., use of satellite-based snow data to improve statistical water supply forecasts).


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