In accordance with the Water Resources Research Act, Section 104(g) the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources issues an annual call for research proposals. The National Competitive Grants Program - 104(g) was established to support research 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 USGS and the institutes.
Objectives of this program include the following:
Promote collaboration between the USGS and university scientists in research on significant national and regional water resources issues;
Promote the dissemination and application of the results of the research funded under this program; and
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.
104(g) grant funding is allocated into two categories (relevent to Arizona), each with its own priorities and RFP:
Improve and enhance water supply and availablity;
Explore new ideas that address or expand our understanding of water problems.
Per- and Poly-flouroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
Better understand the interaction and impact of this group of human-made substances on water quality interactions;
Guide managment decisions that will improve resources at the regional and national scale.
Research funds made available through this program are awarded on a competitive basis subject to the merit of the proposal, the need for the information to be produced, and the opportunity such funds will provide for training of water resources scientists or professionals. Grant awards are subject to annual Congressional appropriations for the program.
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. The WRRC is the designated Water Resources Research Institute for the State of Arizona.
Submitting preproposals to the WRRC is the first step in the process of applying for 104(g) Program grants. Proposals must be submitted by email to Program Manager Michael Seronde (firstname.lastname@example.org
) prior to 5:00 PM MST, Friday, April 8, 2022
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 non-federal sources.