National Competitive Grants Program 104(g) RFP Issued

Jan. 24, 2020
two scientists doing research at the Santa Cruz
The US Geological Survey has issued its annual call for National Competitive Grants Program 104(g) proposals to support research on water problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature, beyond those of concern only to a single state. Maximum grant request is $250,000 per project for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration. Successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from nonfederal sources. 
Any investigator at an institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply for a grant through a Water Research Institute or Center established under the provisions of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984, as amended. The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) is the designated Water Research Institute for the State of Arizona.

Arizona applications are due at the WRRC by
5:00 PM MST, February 27, 2020.

Proposed research should relate to specific program priorities identified jointly by the USGS and the institutes, as listed below and in the attached RFP.
  • Expand and enhance the use of hydrologic monitoring data to support advanced modeling tools to provide state-of-the-art flood and drought forecasts, and drive emergency- and water-management decision support systems.
  • Research to help society deal with water scarcity or water availability challenges such as drought and/or changes in snow pack and/or runoff regimes.
  • Development and evaluation of process and governance mechanisms that advance the science of ecological flows.
  • Exploration and advancement of our understanding of harmful algae blooms (HABs). Proposals are sought that focus on innovations in monitoring the occurrence of HABs and algal toxins, research on factors that result in algal toxin production, and improvements in near-real-time modeling and forecasting of toxin-producing blooms
Proposals involving substantial collaboration between the USGS and university scientists are encouraged. Collaborative proposals should describe in detail the respective roles of the USGS and the applicant in the proposed work.

View the RFP

NOTE: the 104(g) application process has two step. (1) Applications by investigators are due to the WRRC no later than February 27, 2020. Individual investigators are NOT required to route their proposals through the normal proposal routing system prior to February 27, 2020. (2) The WRRC will create the UAR package and submit it by March 19th, 2020. 
Please submit proposals by email to:
Michael Seronde, WRRC Program Coordinator
For information email or call (520) 621-3795.
Photo (cropped): Hamdhani Hamdhani - Santa Cruz research 2018 Tucson - WRRC Photo Contest