Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program


Section 104(g) of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 requires that this competitive grant program focus on water problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature beyond those of concern only to a single State and which relate to specific program priorities identified jointly by the Secretary of the Interior and the water resources research) institutes. Objectives of this program also include the following A. Promote collaboration between the USGS and university scientists in research on significant national and regional water resources issues. Proposals exhibiting substantial collaboration between the USGS and the applicant are encouraged and will receive extra weight in the evaluation and selection process. Collaborative proposals should describe in detail the respective roles of the USGS and the applicant in the proposed work. It is anticipated in FY2015 the USGS will have internal funds available for modest support of USGS scientists on selected proposals. Potential applicants seeking collaborative opportunities are encouraged to contact USGS scientists directly http://water.usgs.gov/nrp/science.php or Water Science Center Directors http://water.usgs.gov/district_chief.html. B. Promote the dissemination and application of the results of the research funded under this program. C. Assist in the training of scientists in relevant water resource fields. Proposals that include a strong educational component student support are encouraged, as are proposals from faculty beginning their careers. Proposals are sought on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation���s water supply and availability, and promoting the exploration of new ideas that address or expand our understanding of water problems, including the following specific areas of inquiry levels of priority are not assigned, and the order of listing does not indicate the level of priority Evaluation of innovative approaches to water treatment, infrastructure design, retrofitting, maintenance, management and replacement. Exploration and advancement of our understanding of changes in the quantity and quality of water resources in response to a changing climate, population shifts, and land use changes; including associated economic, environmental, social, and or infrastructure costs. Development of methods for better estimation of water supply, both surface and groundwater, including estimation of the physical supply and of the economic supply of water. Development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms for integrated surface ground water management. Evaluation and assessment of the effects of water conservation practices, as well as adoption, penetration and permanence.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Geological Survey
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Number of Awards Available
Other Categories
The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the topic of improving and enhancing the nations water supply, including but not limited to enhancement of water supply infrastructure, development of drought impact indicators, evaluation of the dynamics of extreme hydrological events and associated costs, development of methods for better estimation of the physical and economic supply of water, integrated management of ground and surface waters, the resilience of public water supplies, and the evaluation of conservation practices.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Awards are available only to Water Research Institutes or Centers established pursuant to the provisions of section 104 of the Water Resources Research Act. However, any investigator at an institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply for an award through a Water Research Institute or Center. All portions of the proposals, with the exception of the SF 424 Application for Federal Assistance and SF 424B Assurances, must be submitted through the niwr website. The SF 424 and SF 424B must be submitted through the grants.gov website by the university at which the Institute or Center is located. Each proposal will then be authorized for inclusion in the national competition by the Director of the Institute or Center in the state in which the university of the principal investigator is located. Proposals requesting matching funds from an Institute or Center are authorized at the discretion of the Institute or Center Director. When a proposal is filed on the niwr.net site, the Institute or Center in the State in which the university of the principal investigator is located will be notified electronically that a proposal has been filed. The Director of that Institute or Center will subsequently review the proposal for adherence to the terms of this Announcement, and then, following the instructions provided at the website, may approve it for further consideration and technical review. The Director may, during this process, contact the principal investigator to discuss possible clarification or changes in the proposal. See Section V page 4 of program announcement for full details.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Application Procedure
There are two closing dates for this program announcement. See Section X page 6 of program announcement for full details.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has cost sharing or matching requirements.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Headquarters Office
Kimberly Dove, Grant Specialist, 703-648-7487
Website Address
E-mail Address
Financial Information
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards up to $250,000.00


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