104(g) Water Resources Research National Competitive Grant Program

*Click here for RFP for FY2018 Water Resources Research National Competitive Grant. Deadline for Preproposal – February 15, 2018, 5:00 PM US/Eastern.  You are encouraged to discuss with the LWRRI Director if you plan to submit a preproposal. 

The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply, including (but not limited to) enhancement of water supply infrastructure, development and evaluation of warning systems for extreme hydrological events, integrated management of ground and surface waters, and the resilience of public water supplies. Proposals are sought in not only the physical dimensions of supply, but also the role of economics and institutions in water supply and in coping with extreme hydrologic conditions. Any investigator at an accredited institution of higher learning in Louisiana is eligible to apply for a grant through Louisiana Water Resources Research Institute (LWRRI). Proposals involving substantial collaboration between the USGS and university scientists are encouraged. Proposals may be for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds. Successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from nonfederal sources.

For information on proposal requirements, research priorities, funding eligibility and requirements, and the proposal review, selection, and award process, please refer to the complete RFP*.

Program Objectives

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:

  1. Promote collaboration between the USGS and university scientists in research on significant national and regional water resources issues;
  2. Promote the dissemination and application of the results of the research funded under this program; and
  3. 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.

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